Mobile LASIK and Cataract Surgery Blog

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

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...

May 24, 2017

May is nationally recognized as Healthy Vision Month. At Dr. Christopher Walton's ophthalmology practice, we are passionate about helping our guests achieve and maintain outstanding eye health and vision. As the Baby Boomer generation grows older, we continue to see many guests who are experiencing the first signs of cataracts. Dr. Walton provides advanced cataract treatments to restore clear, sharp vision.

Cataracts are primarily a result of aging. In 2010, the National Eye Institute said more than 68 percent of Americans age 80 and older had cataracts. Half of Americans over age 65 have them (webmd). As you age, the lens of your eye hardens and thickens. The proteins in the lens clump together, which is what forms the cloudy cataract.

But are there things you can do earlier in life to prevent cataracts? Research indicates there may be. Certain things can contribute to a higher likelihood of...

May 15, 2017

LASIK vision results in AlabamaLASIK eye surgery has provided millions of Americans with clearer, sharper vision, and with the chance to live free from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses. Please familiarize yourself with the LASIK basics listed below.

What it is: A laser vision correction surgery. LASIK is a type of "refractive surgery," which means it changes the shape of the cornea in order to improve vision.

What it does: LASIK employs a laser to re-shape the cornea. The goal of the re-shaping is to change the way light rays are bent (refracted) when they are focused on your retina. The improved precision of light refraction makes your vision clearer.

What happens during the procedure: Although there are variations, the most common method involves Dr. Walton creating a hinged, thin corneal flap. The flap allows access to the cornea below. Once it is re-shaped, the hinged flap is...

May 08, 2017

Chronically dry eyes are burdensome. The discomfort and irritation can make it difficult to concentrate and may affect your mood throughout the day. So how can you alleviate this problem? Please watch Dr. Walton's video to find out. The treatment may be simpler than you think!

If you are ready to treat your dry eye condition in Mobile, AL, please call the eye center of Dr. Chris Walton, at 251-341-3385, to arrange a consultation. 

March 21, 2017

Alabama eye surgeonMarch marks the time to celebrate National Save Your Vision Month. This year, the American Optometric Association is promoting awareness around digital eyestrain and the important of receiving regular, comprehensive eye exams from an experienced ophthalmologist.

According to 2016 AOA Eye-Q survey data, the average American spends seven hours per day using digital devices such as computers, smart phones and tablets. Digital devices emit blue light, which can cause a myriad of health issues when used for long periods of time, including:

  • Vision damage

  • Sleep problems

  • Headaches

  • Eyestrain

The AOA's 2017 campaign focuses primarily on these issues, and the impact blue light has on your overall health. To help celebrate this national observance, you can take...