Mobile LASIK and Cataract Surgery Blog

Eye Doctor Serving Mobile, Alabama and the nearby Gulf Coast Area

February 19, 2015

If you're considering LASIK to correct refractive vision errors, you'll want to do some research about potential LASIK surgeons. You should spend a good amount of time on this research in order to ensure you work with a doctor that has the skills to deliver the exceptional results you deserve.


The following video will give you a little background about Dr. Chris Walton, a board certified ophthalmologist serving Mobile, Alabama and the entire Gulf Coast region. Dr. Walton would also be happy to discuss his credentials with you in greater detail during a free consultation.



Please contact Dr. Chris Walton using the form at the right side of the page or call 251-341-3385 today to schedule your free consultation. Dr. Walton serves patients in Mobile, Alabama, Pensacola, Florida, and throughout the Gulf Coast region.


February 10, 2015

LASIK eye surgery is seen by many as a cure-all for a wide array of vision problems. While LASIK surgery has a great success rate and safety record in helping thousands attain better vision and eliminate the need for glasses and contacts, it’s still possible for complications to arise on rare occasions. It is important to be aware of these possible complications so that you can make a fully informed decision before moving forward with your procedure.


Some of the possible complications of LASIK include:


  • Dry Eyes

  • Halos, glare, or double vision which is usually temporary

  • Overcorrection or undercorrection, which can be treated with additional surgery

  • Flap Problems

  • Infection

Several conditions have now been identified which can increase the risks associated with LASIK surgery. Dr. Chris Walton can provide in-depth information to help you determine if you are a good candidate.


The good news is that these complications are extremely rare. Dr. Walton uses the Allegretto Wave laser, most...

January 28, 2015

If you are considering LASIK surgery to restore clear vision, you most likely have a lot of questions. This is natural. Dr. Chris Walton encourages you to ask all of your questions during your initial consultation so that you can make a fully informed decision regarding whether this procedure is right for you. He will spend as much time as necessary to answer all of your questions, and there is no subject that is off limits.


In the following video, Dr. Walton addresses some of the most common questions he hears from patients during a consultation. Some of the questions discussed in this video include:


 



Please contact Dr. Chris Walton using the form on the side of the page or call 251-341-3385 today to schedule your free LASIK consultation. Dr...

January 26, 2015

LASIK is one of the most popular elective surgeries today, and for good reason. Millions of Americans and patients around the globe have discovered the freedom of clear vision without the need for corrective lenses. But for some patients, a lesser known procedure called PRK might be a better choice.


LASIK and PRK are similar procedures in that both offer the possibility of 20/20 vision, and both achieve this vision correction by reshaping the cornea using an excimer laser. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can all be treated using both LASIK and PRK techniques.


The difference in the two procedures boils down to the means by which your surgeon makes the cornea accessible for reshaping. In LASIK, Dr. Walton creates a small flap in the cornea, which is then closed at the end of the procedure. PRK, on the other hand, relies on an ablative technique that removes the outermost layer of the cornea, the corneal epithelium, to permit access by the laser.


Both techniques achieve the same goal, but recovery from LASIK is much shorter. However, some patients lack...

January 22, 2015

If you would like to correct refractive vision errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, then LASIK may be a great option for you. However, as you get older, you may also experience age-related vision conditions such as presbyopia. If you need reading glasses for presbyopia, will this impact your LASIK candidacy? In the following video, Dr. Walton discusses these considerations. If you're considering LASIK and are over 40, you should spend a minute watching this video to learn more about whether LASIK is right for you.


 



Please contact Dr. Chris Walton using the form on this page or call 251-341-3385 today to schedule a LASIK consultation. Dr. Walton serves patients in Mobile, Alabama, Pensacola, Florida, and throughout the Gulf Coast region.


January 13, 2015

Monovision LASIK is a form of LASIK that helps patients who find that their vision at various distances is changing, but who wish to avoid the inconvenience of reading glasses. Monovision LASIK corrects each eye differently so as to optimize eyesight for both close-in and distance vision.


More often than not, we all develop some degree of presbyopia as we age. Presbyopia is a degenerative condition in which the lens of one or both eyes loses its flexibility, which makes it more difficult to focus on near objects. This usually manifests itself as difficulty reading, which is why older individuals often require reading glasses or bifocals.


Monovision LASIK can address presbyopia by fine-tuning one eye for distance and the other for reading. Normally, each eye sends a slightly different signal to the brain, which combines the two to form a stereoscopic image. But the brain can be retrained to process the images separately, and some individuals, especially those with strabismus, naturally do this.


In addition to meeting the normal...

December 22, 2014

If you've recently noticed that your vision doesn't seem to be as clear as it was, you may need a new prescription for your glasses or contact lenses. However, the change in your vision might be due to early symptoms of cataracts.


If you are middle-aged or older, and you are concerned that your vision has recently changed, it's important to schedule an appointment and have your eyes checked. During your appointment, Dr. Chris Walton will evaluate your risk factors for cataracts and check to see if you exhibit any symptoms.


Typical symptoms of cataracts include:


  • Vision that can be described as cloudy or blurry

  • Sensitivity to bright lights

  • Sensitivity to glare

  • Glasses or contact lens prescriptions that frequently fluctuate

  • Feeling like it's difficult to see clearly at night, especially while driving

  • Having one eye that seems to have double vision

Typically, cataracts do not hurt, which is one reason that people with early symptoms do not immediately realize what is happening to their eyes. Eventually, cataracts become visible and cause the eye...

December 22, 2014

LASIK surgery is an excellent option for many people. The results of LASIK can truly change your life because you will no longer be dependent on contact lenses or glasses for clear vision. But not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. The most successful LASIK candidates must meet certain criteria.


Dr. Chris Walton is a LASIK surgeon in Mobile who utilizes the most advanced LASIK technology available. This helps qualify as many people as possible for this life changing procedure.


Good LASIK candidates must meet the following criteria:


  • Be more than 18 years old

  • Be in overall good health

  • Have a stable vision prescription

  • Have healthy eyes

  • Not have any scarring on the corneas

  • Have corneas that are of sufficient thickness

  • Be free of autoimmune diseases

  • Not be pregnant or nursing

LASIK surgery can do wonders for your quality of life. Most people who are dependent on glasses or contact lenses dream of the day when they will be able to see clearly without corrective lenses. With LASIK,...

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