Eyes of Texas Laser Center

Maintaining “20/Happy” After LASIK

Our surgeon, Dr. L. Shawn Wong. M.D., has successfully corrected vision well over a decade now in Austin with LASIK.  Many of our LASIK clients have enjoyed great vision for many years without any additional visits to an eye specialist.  If you are one of those “20/Happy” clients who hasn’t been in lately for an annual eye exam, here is some info you’ll want to know… 

While vision is one indicator of how you’re doing, it doesn’t tell you everything about your eyes.  Changes in vision can be subtle or occur very gradually over a length of time.  Some eye conditions have little or no effect on how you’re seeing, but do compromise the health of your eyes.  A comprehensive eye exam will tell you how you’re doing and…

  • if you have any medical conditions affecting your eyes
  • if you can “fine-tune” your vision with LASIK or a different type of vision correction procedure
  • what you can do to stay “20/Happy”

Your medical health insurance may cover a portion of eye exams and non-elective procedures.  Call our office for details and to schedule an appointment.

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95% of LASIK Patients are Satisfied

A study conducted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) announced that on average 95.4% of LASIK patients worldwide are satisfied with their new vision.  Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D., president of the ASCRS said “We find that there is solid evidence in the world’s scientific literature to affirm that there is an exceptionally high level of satisfaction in patients who have had LASIK surgery. While no surgery is perfect, certainly the 19 peer-reviewed studies of 2,199 patients show extremely high satisfaction rates.”

Doctors studied 2,195 articles and surveys going back ten years to find out how people felt about their LASIK surgery and the results showed overwhelming results in favor of it.  There have been 16.3 million patients of LASIK surgery worldwide, and more than ten years of clinical study making it one of the most successful elective surgeries today.

One of the most important factors that goes into having a successful and satisfactory experience with your LASIK eye surgery is to find the right doctor for you.  You’ll want to find a doctor who has the experience and the knowledge to help you decide the best surgery for your individual needs as well as deciding if you’re a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.

Learn more about laser eye surgery at one of our free seminars or register for a free screening to find out if you are a good candidate.

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Myopia and your Child

We all want what is best for our children and that includes wanting their eyes to be as healthy as possible.  Myopia, also known as near sightedness, in children is a concern that all parents have.  There are many causes for near sightedness, ranging from genetic to environmental but there may be ways to help prevent myopia in your child.

Researchers in Australia have recently found that spending a few hours outdoors each day could help your children from developing near sightedness.   Exposure to the sun for two to three hours a day will help regulate the growth of your child’s eye which helps in dramatically reducing the chance of myopia.

Australian researchers studied children in several different countries trying to figure out why kids in Australia had such a low percentage of myopia while other countries had percentages as high as ninety percent.  Researchers ruled out many things such as watching television, reading, and video games but learned that Australian children spent as much as four times longer outdoors per day than some of the other countries they had studied.  Researchers believe that the sunlight increases the dopamine in the eyes which may help restrict distorted shaping of the eyes.

Your vision is an incredibly important factor in your day to day life, and you should be doing everything to make sure your eyes are as healthy as possible.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about yearly eye exams and how they can help keep your eyes healthy and help keep you alert of medical situations.

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Treat Yourself to Better Vision!

Have you ever considered any form of laser eye surgery, but just weren’t sure if it was right for you? In the past you may not have been a good candidate for laser eye surgery, but with every passing year advances are made in the field of laser eye surgery.  Just because in the past you may not have been a good candidate does not mean that you’re not a good candidate now.  Only a doctor can tell you if you’re a good candidate for laser eye surgery with the help of a comprehensive eye screening, but with free screenings from The Eyes Of Texas Laser Center we will be able to tell you if laser vision correction is right for you.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the need of glasses or contacts?  Laser vision correction could be the key to a better and clearer future for you. Helping you achieve visual freedom with customized laser eye surgery and other state-of-the-art procedures is our highest priority.  Contact Eyes of Texas Laser Center today to learn more about the procedures we do, how they’re done, and what we can do to help you.

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5 More Laser Eye Surgery Myths

No one knows the long term effects of laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery has been around for more than fifteen years now with numerous studies done on the long and short term effects it has on your eyes.  The data so far shows that after healing there are generally no negative effects, giving doctors confidence in the ongoing health of the eye after laser vision correction

There is a lot of risk associated with laser eye surgery

As with any surgery there is risk, but for good candidates laser eye surgery is a very safe procedure.  Talking to an experienced doctor and finding out if you’re a good candidate is a very important first step prior to your vision correction surgery.

All laser eye surgery is the same so go with the cheapest

There are many important factors when it comes to vision correction.  Follow up and patient screenings are incredibly important when it comes to the success of laser eye surgery.  Make sure you choose a qualified doctor for your laser eye surgery.

I’ll have to wear glasses or contacts after my laser eye surgery

Every patient’s individual experience will vary and we strive for 20/20 for each of our patients.  Some patients will find that they may still have to wear reading glasses, and with age some people will find that naturally occurring conditions may impair their vision. Make sure to talk to your doctor about these concerns.

Laser eye surgery is only temporary

Laser eye surgery has proven itself to be amazingly stable over time.  There are a small percentage of people who will need a touch up (around two to three percent), but each individual patients results will be unique.  You should discuss this with your doctor before your surgery.

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LASIK Surgery and Having Children/Nursing Baby

A question asked many times by our female clients is if they should delay having LASIK laser surgery until after they finish having children.  The concern is that hormonal changes during pregnancy may change a mommy-to-be’s glasses or contact lens prescription.  The same can apply to nursing moms as well.

Our surgeon at Eyes of Texas Laser Center, Dr. L. Shawn Wong, M.D. advises:

If you are between pregnancies or not nursing heavily (i.e., your menstrual cycle has returned), the likelihood of being able to have LASIK is actually quite high.  Of course, a Free Screening with Dr. Wong is necessary to fully determine your candidacy and see what your likely outcome will be.  If you would like further information about how you could achieve visual freedom, call or email us to schedule your screening.

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Laser Vision Correction vs. Water Fun

This entry was originally posted over the summer.  However, due to the magic of computers and internet, somehow it disappeared.  Originally we thought it would be odd to re-post it in November, but in reality this information applies year-round.  So all of you “tri-athlete types” and “water aerobic aficionados,” read on!…

A common concern that many people have when considering LASIK laser vision correction is that they must avoid the water completely for several weeks…or even months.  And with the active lifestyle that many Central Texans enjoy at all of our wonderful pools and lakes — even nearby water parks and beaches — limiting water fun can be a major hindrance to achieving visual freedom especially over the summer months.  So for all of you who are deciding between “Laser Vision Correction” OR “Water Fun,” there’s good news…

You can usually do BOTH!  The general guideline for enjoying pools, lakes and hot tubs after laser vision correction surgery is:  Wear a good pair of goggles for the first month.  That should keep germs and chlorine away during your initial healing time frame.

So, go ahead and enjoy all of the visual freedoms in Austin and Central Texas that corrective eye surgery can give you…even cooling off or exercising in the water!

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What You Need to Know about Comprehensive Eye Exams

Your eyesight is an incredibly important aspect to your everyday life, and you should be doing everything you can to keep your eyes healthy.  Are you getting your eyes checked as often as you should be?  While most people know about getting an annual physical and going to the dentist twice a year many people don’t realize that they should be getting their eyes checked once a year by an ophthalmologist.

A comprehensive eye exam will test a wide variety of things such as nearsightedness, farsightedness,  presbyopia, and astigmatism. As well as checking the front and interior of the eye for conditions like cataracts, keratoconus, and glaucoma.

Have you had any type of corrective eye surgery such as laser vision correction, lens replacement or cataract removal in the past?  It’s still important to have an annual comprehensive eye exam to make help maintain your new vision as well as watch for any medical situations that may occur.

At Eyes Of Texas Laser Center in Austin, our surgeon L. Shawn Wong M.D., can help you keep your eyes in great shape through annual comprehensive eye exams.  Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your vision.

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Is LASIK Surgery Right For You?

Are you tired of having to wear your glasses or putting in your contacts and wish there was something easier?  Most people know about LASIK surgery, but a lot of them aren’t sure if they’re good candidates for LASIK surgery.  At Eyes Of Texas Laser Center we’d like to help you learn more about LASIK surgery so that you can make an educated decision.

Who is a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

If you suffer from nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism you may be a good candidate for LASIK surgery.  To ensure a good outcome for you surgery a careful evaluation of your eyes is needed.

Who may not be a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

If you suffer from persistent dry eyes, have an immune system disease, or have other eye problems you may not be a good candidate for LASIK surgery.  However, once these conditions are under control, you might be a good candidate.  The best way to learn if you’re an ideal candidate is to contact Eyes of Texas Laser Center and come in for a free screening, or come to one of our free seminars to learn more.


5 Laser Eye Surgery Myths:

All Laser Eye Surgery is the Same

There are many different types of laser eye surgery to fit your specific needs. Our surgeon will work with you and help you decide which type of vision correction surgery best suits you, whether it be Customized LASIK, lens vision correction or one of the many other eye surgeries we offer.

Laser Eye Surgery Isn’t Real Surgery

Laser Eye Surgery is definitely a surgery; in fact it’s an incredibly delicate surgery that should only be performed by a qualified surgeon. When performed on a good candidate by a qualified surgeon such as Dr. L. Shawn Wong, M.D. you can expect superior results and great pre- and post-operational care.

Complications are Common After LASIK

Complications are the reason it’s important to choose a qualified laser eye surgeon. When performed on a good candidate by a qualified surgeon, studies and reports show that risks are low. Our surgeon will evaluate you to make sure you’re a good candidate and help you decide if laser eye surgery is right for you.

Laser Eye Surgery is Painful

Many patients are worried that their laser eye surgery will be painful due to the fact that they remain fully conscious during the procedure. Patients are given a mild sedative before the procedure, and numbing eye drops are given before and during your surgery. While you may feel pressure during your laser eye surgery, steps are taken to make sure your laser eye surgery remains pain free.

I Have Too High of a Prescription for Laser Eye Surgery

There have been many advancements in laser eye surgery technology and treatment in the last few years and it’s only getting better.  In fact, many of our clients have been told elsewhere that they are not good candidates for LASIK, yet they have had wonderful results with their Customized LASIK procedures at Eyes of Texas.  So, visit Eyes of Texas Laser Center today to learn if you’re a good candidate for Customized LASIK laser eye surgery or any of our other state-of the-art visual freedom procedures. 

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