The eyes are the primary facial feature that communicates tiredness or exhaustion (and, likewise, energy and vitality). Your cheeks and your neck don’t really reflect whether or not you’ve had a good night’s rest. But miss a night of sleep and your eyes will make it obvious to everyone. Dr. Mark Mayo can help you combat the signs of aging around the eyes with upper eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery (technically called “blepharoplasty”) is a procedure to remove fat – usually along with excess skin and muscle – from the upper eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct excess, hanging skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelids – features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision.
Aesthetic plastic surgery of the eyelids can produce a dramatic rejuvenating effect, literally taking years off of a person’s appearance and is a popular procedure for men as well as women. Many patients find that following eyelid surgery friends will say ‘You look great!’, but they usually cannot pinpoint exactly why.
Excessive or ‘redundant’ upper eyelid skin is a very typical aging change that leads people to seek eyelid surgery. In many patients, this surgery can be performed under light sedation with local anesthesia as an outpatient office procedure. In some cases, protruding fat behind the eyelids is also removed. As with most facial aging changes, no two people present with exactly the same eyelid concerns. Surgical treatment is therefore individualized to the needs of each individual patient.
The entire procedure typically takes 45 minutes to one hour. After the procedure, one may experience some bruising and mild swelling for one to two weeks. Cold compresses the first day and head elevation will reduce these effects. An eyelid ointment is used postoperatively for one to two weeks. Post-op discomfort is usually mild. The sutures we use are absorbed and don’t need to be removed, most patients can resume most normal activities within a few days.
Blepharoplasty is often considered a cosmetic surgery. However, if your eyelids are encroaching on your field of vision or causing chronic irritation, the procedure may be covered as medically necessary. We are happy to contact your insurance to determine if they cover the procedure.
Your cornea is the dome-shaped, transparent outer lens of the eye. It protects the iris, anterior chamber, and pupil from debris and germs. It also is the primary focuser of light entering the eye; the cornea bends (refracts) light onto the lens. The cornea can lose its shape, grow cloudy, and suffer from infections. The following are common corneal eye diseases and corneal surgeries treated at the Eye Center of Texas.
Astigmatism: a condition in which an unevenly rounded cornea creates refractive errors, resulting in vision problems.
Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy: a disease in which the endothelial cells at the base of the cornea deteriorate, creating potential corneal swelling.
Treatment: Keratoplasty (corneal transplantation)
Keratoconus: a progressive eye disease which causes your cornea to thin, then bulge into a cone-like shape.
Treatment: Corneal cross-linking (CXL)
Keratitis: an infection often caused by bacteria or a virus that creates corneal inflammation.
Treatment: antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, or antibiotic eye drops
Retinal eye diseases, conditions, & treatments
The retina is the thin layer of tissue that lines the inside of the back of the eye. The retina is the part of the eye which takes all the light collected by the lens, organizes it, and translates it into neural signals that it then sends to the brain via the optic nerve. The following are common retinal eye diseases treated at the Eye Center of Texas.
Diabetic retinopathy: a condition that occurs when high blood sugar damages the capillaries in the retina, causing vision loss and blindness.
Treatment: better control of blood sugar, anti-VEGF medication, steroids, laser surgery (to shrink blood vessels), vitrectomy.
Diabetic macular edema (DME): a condition in which the damaged capillaries of diabetic retinopathy are left on treated, causing pressure and leakage.
Treatment: better control of blood sugar, anti-VEGF medication, steroids, laser surgery, NSAID eye drops.
Epiretinal membrane (macular pucker): is a condition where scar tissue has formed on the center of the retina (the macula), blurring vision.
Treatment: vitrectomy or no treatment, depending on the severity
Flashes and floaters: flashes are caused by vitreous, which pulls on the retina as it shrinks, creating flickers of light. Floaters often follow flashers and are caused by the vitreous coagulating and detaching from the eyewall.
Treatment: none, unless related to another disease or condition
Macular degeneration / age-related macular degeneration (AMD): a condition caused by the degeneration of the macula the pigmented area found at the center of the retina. Macular degeneration contributes to loss of central vision.
Retinal vein occlusion(RVO): a disease in which the blood traveling from your retina to your heart becomes blocked. RVO is sometimes called eye stroke. There are two types: central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) and branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO).
Glaucoma: a condition in which the optic nerve is damaged by increased pressure (ocular hypertension) due to fluid buildup. The onset of glaucoma is slow; many people are unaware that they have glaucoma.
Treatment: eye drops, laser eye surgery (selective laser trabeculoplasty or endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation), filtration surgery
Dr. Edward Wade and Dr. Mark Mayo are nationally-renowned eye surgeons located right here in the Houston, Texas area. They and their team of doctors operate in five locations throughout Houston and the surrounding areas.
Eye Center of Texas has helped restore the vision of thousands of Houstonians. Due to our years of experience and our use of only the most advanced eye disease surgical techniques and technology, over 300 Houston-area eye doctors refer their patients to Eye Center of Texas exclusively.
Take that first step towards getting your clear vision back. Contact an Eye Center of Texas facility nearby calling us at 713-797-1010 or requesting an appointment online.
Presbyopia is a condition caused by the natural aging of your eyes during which an individual begins to lose ability to focus visually on nearby objects. Also called “near vision,” presbyopia can occur regardless of your vision history and affects all races and genders.
As our population ages, the number of people who struggle with presbyopia is increasing. But there is good news. There are several means of presbyopia prevention, treatment, and surgery through which eye doctors can alleviate presbyopia symptoms.
What is presbyopia of the eye?
When we arrive at age 40, the lenses in our eyes have received enough wear and tear that they begin to lose their flexibility. A lens that has thickened and hardened due to presbyopia and is unable to focus on objects that are nearby.
Note that this thickening is what differentiates presbyopia from myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) which are caused by refractive errors in the lens. (Further reading regarding the difference between nearsighted and farsighted here.)
Whereas before the first signs of presbyopia tended to come when individuals had a difficult time reading books or a newspaper, now one of the first symptoms of presbyopia is difficulty reading on our various devices.
If you have ever seen someone hold their phone farther away from their face so that they could read a text message, then chances are you’ve seen presbyopia in action. (Further reading on the question, “Does looking at a screen damage your eyes?” here.)
How is presbyopia diagnosed?
Presbyopia can be diagnosed during a routine eye examination. Even if you have not had eye problems in the past, it is recommended by most eye doctors that all individuals get their eyes tested when they turn 40.
Receiving regular eye checkups after (and, frankly, even before) you turn 40 increase your chances of having healthy eyes for longer, especially as the onset of some eye diseases are not marked by symptoms.
Which lens is used for presbyopia treatment?
We hear this question often at Eye Center of Texas. While there are lenses that do a wonderful job of treating problems with near vision, you may not even need them. If you haven’t had vision problems before, it’s possible that you may be able to get by simply with readers from the drugstore.
That said, patients who already wear prescription lenses to address another vision issue almost always need prescription option to address their near vision. These options include: bifocal glasses or contact lenses, trifocal glasses, monovision contact lenses, and more.
Finally, many patients elect to have eye surgery to treat their presbyopia. The following are popular surgical options for addressing near vision issues.
Lens replacement for presbyopia, a procedure similar to cataract surgery. In Refractive Lens Exchange, your aged lens will be replaced with an intraocular lens.
LASIK eye surgery that adjusts your eyes for monovision. (If you know you’re not a good candidate for Houston LASIK, PRK eye surgery is an equally successful alternative.)
Frustrated by near vision problems? Eye Center of Texas is nearby.
Presbyopia can be treated. The staff at Eye Center of Texas has years of experience treating eye diseases and vision issues. Our doctors perform only the safest, most advanced cataract surgical techniques and technology.
LASIK eye surgery is a medical procedure during which an eye surgeon fixes the imperfections in your cornea that leads to vision problems including mild-to-severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. While surgeries like this one once required the use of a blade, technology has advanced so that modern refractive surgery, such as LASIK, uses a more accurate, more customizable, and less invasive laser treatment.
When you schedule a LASIK appointment at Eye Center of Texas, there are typically 3 easy steps to life-changing vision improvements.
Step 1 – Vision profile creation
The first thing your Houston LASIK eye surgeon will do is perform a series of tests to determine the characteristics of your vision. A digital 3D map of your eye will be made used to design a custom treatment for each of your eyes.
Step 2 – The corneal flap and LASIK treatment
Next, your ophthalmologist creates a corneal flap using a 100% blade-free method. Once the flap is created, your eye surgeon will use a cool, ultraviolet light beam (the laser) to reshape the imperfections in your cornea.
Step 3 – LASIK recovery
Most people can return home (via a designated driver) a few hours after their LASIK vision correction procedure is completed. Little to no pain can be expected after LASIK, and recovery time is minimal, typically lasting just a few days.
Why choose Eye Center of Texas for your LASIK vision correction?
When it comes to who you trust with one of your eyesight, who you choose matters. Not all LASIK surgeons, procedures, and financing options are made equal and finding a practice with world-class doctors that cater to each individual’s needs is essential to having a positive LASIK vision correction experience.
Fortunately, for our patients, we offer it all. The Eye Center of Texas is one of the best places for LASIK in Houston. Here’s what makes us different.
Our world-class LASIK surgeons
Our eye surgeons are some of the top LASIK surgeons in Houston. Our speciality doctors Dr. Mark L. Mayo, otherwise known as the “eye doctor’s doctor”, the esteemed Dr. Yasir Ahmed, and respected ophthalmologist in Houston Dr. Edward C. Wade have completed over 75,000 successful LASIK procedures for patients.
Dr. Mayo and Dr. Wade were two of the first eye surgeons in Houston to practice blade-free eye surgery. Since then, they have continued to be pioneers in their fields and are recommended by over 300 Houston-area eye doctors.
Let’s meet the doctors!
Our satisfied LASIK patients
Your journey towards better vision is what inspires us. No matter what eye treatment you need, the staff at The Eye Center of Texas is here to provide a professional and personalized experience. Hear what some of our patients have to say:
“Just a totally awesome medical and customer service experience. From the first contact to the post operative follow-up just a very professional, courteous, efficient, caring, and fully briefed surgical experience.
I do highly recommend Dr. Wade and his excellent staff to anyone considering addressing their sight issues through a surgical procedure.”
“The staff and personnel are very polite, professional and organized. The wait time is very reasonable. Dr. Wade is a very professional doctor. As well as his female doctor assistant. She was able to explain to me in lay mans term, very easy for me to understand what is going on with my problem. Very highly recommend facility. Keep up the good work, Eye Center of Texas.”
“I am an optometrist who works at completely independent of this clinic primary eye care practice. I must say that Eye Center of Texas doctors, technicians and especially Dr. Wade himself are some of the most caring, attentive, and skilled providers I have ever met and had hoped to have as my care team.”
Our payment & financing options for LASIK
How much is LASIK in Houston? At the Eye Center of Texas, we are dedicated to making LASIK eye surgery and other vision correction procedures affordable for everyone. We’ll provide straightforward information about our payment and financing options during your evaluation. The cost for your procedure will depend on the procedure itself, pre and post operative care, and follow-up appointments.
We accept cash/money orders/cashier checks, most major credit cards, and flexible spending accounts (FSA) as payment or if you’d rather pay overtime, we work with Care Credit to offer financing plans starting at 0% APR.
Ready to achieve the visual freedom that LASIK in Houston provides? Call Eye Center of Texas!
Even though LASIK vision correction is a popular and widely-recognized safe vision correction procedure, choosing to receive LASIK is still a big decision. Eye Center of Texas is here to help you turn that decision into results with as little stress as possible.
Most individuals looking to improve their vision can benefit from LASIK eye surgery. However, there are a few requirements for LASIK. A good candidate must be over the age of 18 and free of autoimmune diseases, diabetes, dry eyes, or a thin cornea.
How many years does LASIK last?
The effects of LASIK are permanent however your prescription may naturally change overtime as the anatomy of your eye changes with age.
What is the LASIK success rate? Is LASIK safe?
The vast majority of LASIK vision correction patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. A successful LASIK eye surgery translates into better vision for driving at night and an easier time reading both analog and digital materials. LASIK is one of the safest procedures you can have done on your eyes with a complication rate of less than 1%.
How do I prepare for LASIK?
Before your procedure, you’ll be asked to avoid wearing contacts for at least 5 to 7 days or 10 to 14 days for those with astigmatism. This will help your eye surgeon get the most accurate measurement of your cornea before you receive LASIK. You’ll also want to avoid wearing make up or scented products on the day of your procedure.
The full LASIK recovery time is 3 to 6 months. However, the blurry vision you experience immediately after the procedure will improve within the next 24 hours and you’ll be back to normal activity within a couple of days.
Can you wear contact lenses after LASIK?
Although you won’t need to wear any type of corrective lenses including glasses or contacts post-procedure, you do have the ability to wear contact lenses if you need to.
If you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK, there are other vision correction procedures such as EVO Visian ICL and PRK that may be a better option for you. Both PRK and EVO Visian ICL vs LASIK are a safer alternative for individuals with dry eyes or a thin cornea. However, EVO Visian ICL is only available for those with nearsightedness or nearsightedness with astigmatism.
At your initial appointment with Eye Center of Texas, we will review your unique circumstances and help you choose the best refractive surgery for you.
To understand cataracts and how to correct them, it helps to understand the eye first. The eye focuses images through a lens inside the eye — like a camera uses a lens to focus.
As we age, the lens becomes cloudy and inflexible, causing our vision to blur and increasing our dependence on corrective lenses to refocus from near to far. A cloudy lens is called a cataract.
Across the globe and in Houston, cataracts cause vision problems, making it progressively more difficult to read, drive, or watch TV. If you are over the age of 50, developing cataracts is a regular part of the aging process. Though very uncommon, some individuals develop cataracts as children or young adults.
How do I know if I have a cataract?
The best and quickest answer to this question is that you need an eye examination in Houston. An eye examination will determine whether or not you have cataractsand. If you do have cataracts, the examination will also help determine whether or not your cataracts are causing significant damage to your vision.
Many patients ask us, “How do you get rid of cataracts naturally?” While there’s not a proven natural way to get rid of Houston cataracts, you may not need surgery. If the cataract is mild, then cataract treatment may not be needed. Quite often, an updated pair of eyeglasses will help to optimize your vision.
However, if your vision remains blurred in spite of correctly prescribed glasses, then the next step maybe to consider cataract surgery in Houston. Regardless, it’s best to consult your doctor, so you can avoid asking the question, “What will happen if a cataract is left untreated?”
If your doctor recommends surgery for your Houston cataracts, there are two simple decisions to make: what kind of cataract treatment procedure you’d like, and what kind of lenses you’d like to use.
Cataract surgery options
If you choose to improve your vision through cataract surgery, Eye Center of Texas offers you three types of cataract treatments. Your choice will be determined by how dependent you are on glasses before your surgery and how well you can see without glasses after your surgery.
Here are our three options for cataract surgery:
Basic cataract surgery with a basic fixed-focus lens implant to see clearly with bifocal glasses.
Laser cataract surgery with the astigmatism correction package to see far away without glasses
Laser cataract surgery — lifestyle package with an advanced technology lens designed to see near and far without glasses
Bladeless cataract surgery
Patients also have the option to choose bladeless cataract surgery. In this procedure, a computer-controlled, bladeless cataract laser performs the most critical steps of the cataract surgery procedure.
Eye Center of Texas was among the first centers to offer this technique. Since then, bladeless cataract surgery in Houston has been one of the most popular choices among our patients.
The LenSx laser is the most technologically advanced option for cataracts patients today. A custom map of your eye is made using the laser which means the cataracts surgery procedure is 100% customized.
Types of lenses
After selecting the operation that is right for you, you’ll have your choice of the kind of lens used to replace your cataract.
Multifocal intraocular lens
The multifocal intraocular lens is designed to provide you with a full range of bright, sharp vision. These lenses can correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia.
This lens will free you from both cataract and presbyopia at the same time.
Astigmatism-correcting intraocular lens
Astigmatism correcting Toric lens implants are exclusive, astigmatism correcting lensesthat treat both cataracts and astigmatism and can repair your astigmatism while replacing your clouded natural lenses.
The Monofocal lens is the most basic type of lens implant used to correct vision after cataract surgery.
Our cataract surgeons have years of experience and use the safest, most advanced cataract surgical techniques and technology, all of which allows us to personalize a procedure that will be just right for your eyes.
Dr. Yasir Ahmed, M.D., is from Baltimore, MD and graduated with a medical degree from Brown University Alpert Medical School and gained additional experience at the esteemed Penn State and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Ahmed completed his medical internship at Harvard’s Mount Auburn Hospital (2012) and his ophthalmology residency at Penn State (2013).
Dr. Nicholas P. Bell, M.D., is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma treatment and performs both traditional and laser cataract surgery. Dr. Bell has been repeatedly named one of Houston’s Top Doctors by both Houstonia and H Texas magazines. Dr. Bell graduated Cum Laude from Duke University with a major in Biology.
Dr. Mark Mayo, M.D., is a native Houstonian. He grew up in Spring Branch and is a graduate of Stratford High School. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was accepted into the Plan II Interdisciplinary Honors Programs.
Dr. Edward Wade, M.D., F.A.C.S., a native of El Paso, Texas, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois and was awarded the Bronze Tablet Award, a distinction given to only the top 2 percent of the class.
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