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August 11, 2017

Total solar eclipse eye safety in Mobile Alabama

Don't look directly at the sun! You've heard it before and it remains true, even during a partial solar eclipse.

If you have an appointment at the practice of Dr. Chris Walton during the month of August, don't forget to grab a pair a free solar glasses (also called solar filters) from our team. These glasses allow you to view the upcoming total eclipse safely, without doing irreversible damage to your eyes.

This month, on Monday, August 21, parts of the United States will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. This extraordinary event occurs about every 18 months, according to But it's not visible everywhere in the globe. In fact, the last time a total eclipse was viewable from our country was in 1991, and it won't be back again until April, 2024. The one occurring this year is...

August 10, 2017

Dr. Chris Walton has been performing cataract surgery for more than a decade, having first completed procedures during his residency and training. He has been performing it in private practice for eight years.

Cataract surgery is an indispensable procedure these days. The majority of adults get cataracts at some point: more than 90 percent by age 65. The clouded vision can significantly impact your quality of life, especially as the cataract progresses and robs greater degrees of your vision. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a highly effective, safe and successful procedure. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walton in Mobile, Alabama, please call our experienced staff at 251-341-3385.

July 31, 2017

An experienced ophthalmologist and laser eye surgeon, Dr. Chris Walton also performs routine eye exams. If you are curious about eye exams because you are experiencing problems or changes with your vision, then definitely schedule an eye exam regardless of your age. Dr. Walton will determine the cause and help restore clear, sharp vision.

If, on the other hand, you are not experiencing any problems or changes, you don't wear glasses or contacts, and your vision is generally good, then you really don't need to have an eye exam. For people without lens prescriptions and no vision issues, there's simply no need to see an eye doctor. That being said, be sure to schedule an eye exam if you have any reason to think you may need one.

For people without any problems, you should plan to have an eye exam around age 40. At this age, every person begins to develop presbyopia, which is an age-related change to your eyes that affects your near vision. Everyone around the age of 40...

July 24, 2017

Cataracts affect over half of Americans over the age of 80, and are one of the most common causes of vision problems. Most people will experience cataracts to some extent as they age, but certain people are more at risk than others.who is at risk for cataracts mobile alabama

Risk factors for cataracts include:

  • Age: While middle aged men and women can develop cataracts, they tend to be small and don't interfere with vision too badly. However, those aged 60 and up are at worse risk for developing severe vision problems due to cataracts.

  • Eye injury: Injuries to the eye or previous eye surgery can be a risk factor for developing cataracts.

  • A family history of cataracts: If your parents or grandparents had cataracts, it's likely that you'll develop them too.

  • Excessive sun exposure to the eyes: UV rays can play a part in the development of cataracts. If you go out in the sun a lot...
July 19, 2017

Dr. Chris Walton is proud to bring his patients the very latest in bladeless technology: the LenSx. This laser technology makes it possible for Dr. Walton to offer a bladeless cataract surgery. It greatly improves the quality of your vision after surgery, and can correct astigmatism, as well as nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Are you interested in finding out if LenSx is right for you? No one should have to live with the blurry, cloudy and overall poor vision caused by cataracts. Dr. Walton can help you find the solution. To arrange a consultation in Mobile, Alabama, please call our experienced staff at 251-341-3385.

July 17, 2017

There is no right or wrong age for cataract surgery. If you are concerned about your vision, we encourage you to call our experienced eye care staff at 251-341-3385. In the vast majority of cases, cataracts do not begin affecting vision until a person is in their 60s or older, but oftentimes the cataracts begin forming in a person's 40s or 50s. With today's modern technology, cataract surgery is highly effective. Some people are seeking out treatment in their younger years because they want to maintain their vision for as long as possible, and to treat problems in their early stages.

Cataract surgery procedure in Mobile AL

Of course, the only way to know for sure if you have cataracts is to schedule an assessment with an experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Walton. In the meantime, here are some of the most common symptoms of cataracts:

  • Cloudy vision

  • Fading of colors

  • Poor night vision...
June 30, 2017

Dry Eyes and LASIK - Mobile, ALDry eye syndrome is a common condition affecting many Americans. It occurs when your eyes fail to produce enough tears to promote proper eye health. If you suffer from this condition, it may potentially increase your risk of dry eyes after LASIK. This is a common LASIK complication, but it can be particularly uncomfortable for patients who are already prone to having dry eyes.

However, it’s important to understand that dry eye syndrome won’t rule you out as a LASIK candidate. Dr. Walton can apply one of the following treatments to your eyes prior to surgery in order to minimize the complications associated with dry eyes:

  • Artificial tears

  • Anti-inflammatories

  • Restasis

In addition, the technology used by Dr. Walton will even further reduce your risk of complications associated with dry eye syndrome. He uses the Allegretto Wave laser, one of the...

June 29, 2017

Mobile LASIK surgeon - common vision mythsThere are many commonly held beliefs regarding vision. Unfortunately, many of these are more myth than fact. It’s important to understand the truth about many of these myths. Below we will debunk 6 of the most common myths related to vision.

Myth: Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes.

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes. While sitting close to the TV or staring at a computer screen for prolonged periods of time can result in eye fatigue, you can correct this by giving your eyes a rest from the screen.

However, if you feel that you need to sit close to the TV in order to see it clearly, it may be a sign that you are nearsighted and might benefit from glasses. If you prefer to avoid the hassles of glasses and contact lenses, you may want to consider LASIK to restore clear vision.

Myth: Reading in the dark will cause your...