Mobile LASIK and Cataract Surgery Blog

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April 26, 2018

During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens, or IOL. These lenses function much like a natural one, bending the incoming light so that it focuses correctly and provides clear vision. Cataract surgery is very safe and very effective. It's a great way for patients to restore their vision and put a stop to the progressive vision loss caused by the cataract.

The only way to know if this surgery is right for you is to visit Dr. Walton for a one-on-one consultation and exam. He will make sure you know all of your options for seeing clearly once again. At our practice, Dr. Walton offers the standard cataract procedure as well as a laser-assisted procedure. While the laser procedure is not covered by insurance, it does provide maximum precision, optimum results and eliminates the need for eyeglasses.

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April 18, 2018

Nationwide, roughly one in six people age 40 and over suffer from cataracts, making this type of eye disorder one the country’s leading causes of blindness.

By the time most Americans turn 80, more than half of their peers suffer from cataract-related vision loss.

Exactly what is a cataract? It’s cloudy buildup around the lens of your eye that generally happens with aging and negatively impacts the way light hits your retina, therefore diminishing your vision.

Dr. Walton is well-versed in cataract surgery options. But even before cataracts develop, there are steps that you can take to diminish the likelihood that you will suffer from this type of age-related vision loss.

Amend Your Diet

Vegetables for eye health in Mobile ALMuch the same way that unhealthy foods can contribute to illness, certain healthy food options can support vision and eye wellness, and...

March 20, 2018

Blurry vision caused by cataracts Mobile ALVision deteriorated by cataracts is like looking through a screen of film or fog. You may have double vision and sensitivity to light, and colors may look faded and less vibrant. That is to say that cataracts can have a significant impact on your life. They can be quite dangerous because night driving may become difficult or impossible, and falls and accidents can become more likely due to poor vision. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a safe, effective way to restore your vision.

Is it covered by your insurance? The answer is, it depends. It depends on your policy and the procedure chosen. While the medically necessary portions of conventional cataract surgery are covered by most medical insurance plans, laser-assisted cataract surgery is not.

Dr. Chris Walton is an experienced ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Mobile, Alabama. His approach is to help you choose which procedure is right for you by arming you with all the information...

March 15, 2018

Computer eye strain treatment in Mobile ALThe organization Prevent Blindness designates March as a month to raise awareness about eye safety in the workplace.

It's the end of an 8-hour work day, and your eyes feel fatigued, gritty, irritated and dry. This is quite common among office workers and other professionals who use digital screens for more than 2 hours a day. Screen time causes eye strain, and there is some concern among ophthalmologists that the blue light emitted by screens may increase the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. But more research is needed.

The sun is the greatest source of blue light and UV light. We need light for our general health. It helps us feel awake and alert during the day, and it regulates our sleep/wake cycle so that we get a restful night's sleep. But we know that long-term exposure to UV light and blue light from the sun can lead to cataracts, macular...

March 08, 2018

If you know you need cataract surgery, of course you probably want to know whether glasses will still be necessary after the procedure. And the answer is, it depends. With bladeless cataract surgery – performed with the LenSx® - prescription glasses will not be necessary, and there is a good chance you won't even need reading glasses. After conventional cataract surgery, most people still need to wear glasses for good vision. The bladeless procedure is not currently covered by insurance, which is the main reason why some people choose the conventional procedure instead.

Both procedure types have high success rates, although you may still need glasses after conventional cataract surgery. Dr. Chris Walton makes sure you feel empowered to choose a procedure that is right for you. He will provide information, guidance and support, but ultimately he wants you to make the decision that feels right to you.

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February 26, 2018

Using a computer after LASIK surgery in Mobile ALComputers have become an essential part of our lives. It's the rare person who doesn't use a computer at some point during their day – most likely at their jobs, but almost certainly during their personal lives.

Considering this, it's not a surprise that those considering LASIK have a lot of questions about how the procedure will affect their ability to use a computer. The specific question many prospective patients ask is, “How long will I have to wait before using a computer after LASIK?”

It's important to fully invest in your recovery from LASIK.You shouldn't rush yourself – take your time and allow your eyes to fully recover.

Resting Your Eyes After LASIK

Generally speaking, you should refrain from looking at a screen – computer, phone, TV – for about 24 hours after undergoing LASIK. After that, you can begin to gradually ramp up your screen exposure. It's usually safe to use...

February 06, 2018

Farsightedness is one of the most common vision disorders. It affects near, intermediate and distance vision, which is a surprising fact to many people. It doesn't mean that you can see well at a distance only, which is what many people believe. If you think you may be experiencing farsightedness, Dr. Chris Walton can help you determine which treatment is right for you. With LASIK and other surgeries, clear vision at all distances can be improved. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Walton, please call our experienced staff at 251-341-3385.

January 29, 2018

Millennial male after LASIK surgery in Mobile ALAt the LASIK practice of Dr. Christopher Walton, you will enjoy a smooth surgical process. This includes making sure you know what to expect during recovery. Since the recovery from LASIK is quite rapid, most people want to know what to expect in the time immediately following surgery:

Driving home. You will not be able to drive yourself home after LASIK surgery. Your vision will be a little unpredictable. You'll likely see an immediate result, but it's also expected you'll have blurry vision as your eyes heal. Eye drops administered during the procedure may also make your eyes sensitive to light. If Dr. Walton recommends a sedating medication as part of the procedure, that will also affect your ability to drive. So, in advance of your surgical appointment, be sure to arrange a ride home from a friend or family member.

Getting back to your normal activities. Today's advanced LASIK procedures mean downtime is...