Category: Eye Care

“Vital” Eye Research Review: Should scratch equal patch?

Does using an eye patch help when the corneal epithelium is scratched? Some ophthalmologists say yes and others say no. Cochrane is an international group of researchers that review peer-reviewed evidence to make health care decisions better. I value the reviews published by Cochrane because of their comprehensive review methodology and their unbiased reporting of… Read More


Reasons to Choose Dr. Vital to be your Houston Eye Doctor

If you live in Houston and are seeking a new eye doctor or surgeon, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of options out there. So, why choose Dr. Mark C. Vital to care for your vision? Here are quotes from several patients who chose Dr. Vital: “Our family is very grateful to Dr. Mark… Read More


Dry Eye Causes and Solutions

Many think of dry eye as simply being caused by not having enough tears.  However, dry eye disease is generally much more complex than that.  It is important to remember that what you feel does not always match what we as eye doctors see on the eye’s surface.  For many patients, this can lead to confusion… Read More


Dr. Vital, what are your qualifications?

Patients may be shy about it but often want to ask, “Dr. Vital, tell me about your qualifications and experience.” I completed 13 years of education beyond high school which included 4 years of college at Rice University in Houston, 4 years of medical school at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, 1 year of… Read More


What is the wait time for an eye exam?

When I go to the doctor, I also want to know, “What is the wait time?” I feel it is important that same day appointments are available for eye emergencies. We know that you did not plan to have an eye problem. We also understand how frightening and urgent a sudden eye problem can be…. Read More


My Online Clinic: Houston Eye Associates / Dr. Vital

Understanding Our Patient Portal: My Online Clinic My Online Clinic My Online Clinic allows our office to communicate with you securely. The best way to create an account is to respond to the email we send you after an appointment which contains a link that takes you to the patient portal. You can also visit… Read More


Why do I get repeated or recurring pink eye infections?

  Most eye and eyelid infections are not actually classic “pink eye”.  Pink eye is a viral infection with adenovirus.  More often, repeated and recurring “pink eye infections” are caused by Staphylococcal hypersensitivity (Staph hyper). Staph hyper is very similar to eczema of the skin.  It involves an overgrowth of the normal Staphylococcal bacteria that we… Read More


What causes flashes and floaters? What is a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)?

Flashes and floaters can be a sign of a condition called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). Although this sounds like retinal detachment is it usually much less serious. Most of the liquid volume of the eye is composed of a fluid called vitreous. This fluid is thick, gel-like, sticky, and very similar to uncooked egg white…. Read More


What is meibomitis and how does it cause dry eye?

Meibomitis or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a condition that affects the eyelids that is very common.  The meibomian glands secrete oils that make up the lipid layer of the tear film.  The lipid layer helps to hold the tear layer in place on the eye longer thus improving and stabilizing the vision.   MGD… Read More


Why do my eyes and eyelids seem dry, red, and irritated?

Ocular Surface Disease Infection! Oil! Inflammation! Dryness! These are easily the most common eye problems that make eyes dry, red, and irritated. Significance and effects Numerous patients come to see me for dry, irritated, burning, crusting, sticky, red, swollen eyes and eyelids (what we call ocular surface disease). Why? Understanding ocular surface disease is half… Read More