Experienced ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton has been performing LASIK surgery in the Gulf Coast area since 2007. He is driven by helping his patients achieve clear vision with glasses or contact lenses. To learn more about us or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walton in Mobile, please call 251-341-3385.
Mobile LASIK and Cataract Surgery Blog
Eye Doctor Serving Mobile, Alabama and the nearby Gulf Coast Area
The new year is almost here! And, fittingly for our practice, the start of 2020 is an ideal time to look at the steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear all year long.
Below are some tips to up your eye care in the new year. For personalized recommendations based on a thorough eye exam, contact Dr. Christopher J. Walton today.
1. Quit Smoking
One of the most common New Year's resolutions is also one of the best things you can do for the health of your eyes and your whole body. Smoking increases your risk for a host of eye disorders; some are simply irritating, while others pose a significant threat to your vision:
- Dry eye condition
- Diabetic retinopathy (in patients who have diabetes)
- Macular degeneration (also known as AMD, or age-related macular degeneration)
Cataracts are much more than a minor inconvenience. They affect your daily tasks and your overall quality of life. If left untreated, cataracts can eventually rob you of your vision completely. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a safe, effective procedure. Ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Walton removes the clouded lens of the eye and replaces it with a premium intraocular lens. Imagine all of the things you will once again enjoy when clear vision is restored.
How Treating Your Cataracts Benefits Your Day-to-Day
Clear vision makes it possible to perform everyday tasks effectively and efficiently. Such tasks may include:
- Crafts and hobbies
If you've been living with a cataract, you may have already made accommodations. Maybe you've stopped driving in the dark or avoid reading in anything other than full daylight. Perhaps...
Even cosmetic contact lenses must be made according to your prescription. These contact lenses, like any other, must fit your eyes correctly, otherwise they may cause serious injury. With Halloween upon us, please hear our advice: skip the decorative lenses this year, unless they were made by a reputable business using your prescription.
Beware Decorative Contact Lenses!
While cat eyes or red lenses may seem fun and festive, no costume is worth injuring your eyes. Your vision can be damaged by non-prescription contact lenses. A poor fit may lead to:
- Corneal scratches
- Corneal sores
- Pink eye
- Blindness (in extreme cases)
According to the FTC...
When our patients come to us for a LASIK consultation with Dr. Walton, it's usually because they are interested in life free from glasses and contact lenses. While these lenses are time-tested, convenient and easily accessible to a lot of people, they aren't necessarily the best or only choice for everyone when you add the option of LASIK vision correction.
There tends to be common complaints when it comes to glasses and contact lenses. Whether you share one of these complaints or have other reasons for wanting to ditch your lenses, we hope you'll stop by to talk about your options with Dr. Walton. You may find that LASIK or PRK is just the thing you've been searching for.
Typical Glasses-Related Frustrations
Eyeglasses have been around for a long time. The first wearable eyeglasses were invented in Italy in the year 1284.
Some people love their glasses. Frames are...
Dry eye syndrome means your eyes do not produce enough tear film. It is this natural film that keeps your eyes lubricated and comfortable, and contributes to clear vision. In Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Chris Walton offers a wide range of ophthalmological services, including dry eye treatment.
Dr. Walton focuses his practice on providing LASIK surgery. Although temporary dry eye is a possible risk of LASIK, Dr. Walton knows how to evaluate your candidacy and your individual risk of dry eye. Read below to get more information about this condition and what you can do.
1. There are many possible causes of dry eye.
Some of the most common reasons for eye dryness include:
- Wearing contact lenses
- Advanced dry eye disease
- LASIK surgery temporary side effects
- Certain medications
- Certain underlying diseases...
The cornea is the transparent tissue that covers your eye. Sometimes, corneas are damaged by disease, injury, infection or other problems. In such cases, a corneal transplant may be necessary to restore clear vision and stop the problem. Dr. Christopher Walton is an experienced ophthalmologist in Mobile, Alabama. He will help you decide if this procedure is the right fit for your ocular health. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please call our practice at 251-341-3385.