A part of the Austin community for over 30 years, Eye Clinic of Austin is one of Central Texas’ leading eye care and eye surgery centers.
Dr. Thomas Henderson founded the Eye Clinic of Austin in 1982 with a commitment to use the most advanced eye technology. Today, Eye Clinic of Austin continues that commitment by providing the most cutting-edge technologies available including LASIK, laser cataract surgery, and corneal transplants.
Eye Clinic of Austin also provides comprehensive eye care including routine eye exams and we are certified as an accredited Dry Eye Center.
With unparalleled experience plus the latest technology, we strive to give our patients the absolute best results possible.
Laser cataract surgery is the newest innovation in the removal of cataracts. The surgery is designed to provide the most precision, safety, and accuracy for your cataract surgery. Eye Clinic of Austin is one of the first eye surgery centers in Austin to offer laser cataract surgery.
What is Laser Cataract Surgery?
Laser cataract surgery is a type of cataract surgery which removes cataracts. Though traditional cataract surgery is one of the safest surgical procedures, laser cataract surgery can provide even more precision by using a laser for cutting rather than a hand-held instrument. Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced form of cataract surgery, and is often recommended if a premium lens is selected.
Laser Cataract Surgery Technology at Eye Clinic of Austin
Committed to being at the forefront of technological advances in eye surgery, Eye Clinic of Austin uses the LenSx® femtosecond laser. The LenSx® Laser is a fully integrated, image-guided femtosecond laser. A 3-D surgical platform is used, allowing the eye surgeon to visualize, customize, and perform many of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery.
Like cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. Patients experience little to no discomfort during the laser cataract procedure. Typically, patients return to regular activities, such as work, the day after surgery.
To learn more about laser cataract surgery with the Eye Clinic of Austin, we recommend scheduling a cataract consultation. We discuss current vision goals, refractive options, and what to expect from cataract surgery or laser cataract surgery. We also run a series of tests to determine your cataract’s severity and make a recommendation on which procedure would work best for your eyes and your visual needs.
Once the consultation is complete and we have agreed on the best surgery option, we can then schedule a surgery date and any pre-op testing required.
At Eye Clinic of Austin, we use the most advanced technology available for LASIK eye surgery. Our eye surgeons are highly experienced with over 2,500 LASIK procedures performed. We believe in first determining if LASIK is the right option for you, and are committed to a no-rush, no-pressure approach.
The first step to LASIK at Eye Clinic of Austin is to schedule a free LASIK consultation for a thorough examination of your eyes. At this consultation, we take measurements needed to determine if your eyes are healthy and well suited for LASIK or not. The eye surgeon who will perform the surgery also meets with you to answer any questions and ease concerns.
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK eye surgery (also referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction) is an eye surgery performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser to reshape the eye’s cornea in order to improve visual acuity. LASIK corrects the three most common eyesight errors – nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
At Eye Clinic of Austin, we first use a digital mapping system to capture each eye’s unique imperfections. This advanced technology creates a detailed 3D map of the cornea’s surface, which our surgeons then use for a digital treatment plan to perform your laser eye surgery.
For the actual surgery, we use the absolute most advanced laser technology available – a combination of the Intralase™ laser and the VISX S4 IR™ excimer laser. All-laser LASIK is the most advanced technology for LASIK. The advantage of this advanced technique is more accuracy, stability, and greater patient comfort.
To learn more about the LASIK technology at Eye Clinic of Austin, please contact us or schedule a free consultation. We can also send you our free LASIK Guide, which provides greater detail about our technology and the surgery.
For many patients cost can be a concern when deciding whether or not to have LASIK eye surgery. To make the surgery more affordable, Eye Clinic of Austin offers many payment options which allow for patients to pay over time. Learn more about payment options for LASIK.
Dry eye (often called dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome) is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases, and it is one of the most common reasons why patients go see their eye care professional. Eye Clinic of Austin is a TearLab Accredited Dry Eye Center and utilizes the most advanced technology on the market to diagnose and treat dry eyes.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye occurs when eyes do not produce the right quantity or quality of tears. Many people mistake the dry eye symptoms for allergies, climatic conditions or just eyestrain. While all of these may aggravate dry eye symptoms, they are not the cause.
Your eyes need a constant layer of tears, called the “tear film,” to maintain and protect the ocular surface. In dry eye, underlying changes to the health of the tear-producing glands can result in a change in the quantity and quality of the tears you make. This results in a tear film that can no longer provide enough nourishment or protection to the surface of your eye. This can lead to damage of your eye’s surface, which, in turn, can lead to the symptoms of dry eye. Reduced tear production over a long period of time increases the risk of permanent damage and scarring to the front of the eye.
Dry Eye Treatment
The first step in dry eye treatment is to schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist to diagnose the disease. The eye doctor can then help prescribe certain therapies, which will typically significantly reduce dry eye.
To diagnose dry eye, one of the tests Eye Clinic of Austin uses is the TearLab® Osmolarity test. A painless process, the TearLab device tests a tiny tear sample to measure osmolarity, or the salt content in the tears. Tear osmolarity has been shown to have the best predictive value of any single test for diagnosing dry eye disease. The test provides our eye doctors a meaningful measure of the health and stability of the protective tear film that covers the surface of your eyes.
Once diagnosed, our eye doctors then prescribe custom therapies to combat the disease including lubricating the eye with topical artificial tears or possibly a prescription eye drop. If used properly, the result is typically dramatic improvement for 90% of patients, significantly improving quality of life.
Eye Clinic of Austin is a fully comprehensive eye care clinic, which means we diagnose and treat all forms of eye disease.
Some of the most common diseases we treat are the following:
Discovering glaucoma early can make a big difference in a your vision. Glaucoma typically begins to develop once people hit the age of 45. No pain or difference in vision is noticed at first, so it’s very important to schedule eye exams as you age. Learn more about glaucoma.
Age-related macular degeneration is a common eye condition for individuals who are age 50 and older. The risk for macular degeneration increases as we age. There are two forms of the disease, dry and wet. Learn more about macular degeneration.
When eyes do not produce the right quality or quantity of tears it is defined as dry eye disease. Often misunderstood by patients as allergies or eyestrain, dry eye disease can cause severe discomfort, but can typically be remedied with the proper treatment. Learn more about dry eyes.
Approximately 25% of the diabetic population has some stage of diabetic retinopathy, which is why it is imperative individuals with diabetes schedule annual eye exams. Caused by the deterioration of blood vessels in the retina, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness if left untreated. Learn more about diabetic retinopathy.
An individual may be in need of a corneal transplant due to keratoconus, corneal ulcers, complications caused by eye surgery, or swelling or scarring of the cornea caused by injury to the eye or an eye infection. A surgery that takes place over 40,000 times per year in the US alone, a corneal transplant involves a donor cornea replacing either a part of the cornea or the entire cornea. Learn more about corneal transplants.