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Dr. Mark Vital Discusses Fuchs’ Dystrophy

What is Fuchs’ Dystrophy? In this video from Houston Eye Associates’ Dr. Mark C. Vital, Dr. Vital discusses Fuchs’ Dystrophy, a genetic vision disorder that impacts the innermost cells of the cornea. Fuchs’ dystrophy causes the cells of the cornea to die and stop functioning properly. These cells, which are responsible for pumping fluid out… Read More


What is a light adjustable lens?

The Light Adjustable Lens by RxSight is an extremely exciting advancement in cataract surgery! Imaging standing on the tee box of par five hole at The River Oaks Country Club and hitting the ball within 1 foot of the hole; an amazing shot for sure!  That precision is similar to the precision of most cataract… Read More


Why can’t I see up close anymore?

Not being able to see well up close is a condition called presbyopia. As we age, the lens of the eye that helps to focus light loses its ability to change shape quickly. This happens over time and gets worse as we get older.   Most people start to experience problems with seeing up close around age 40.  This… Read More


Dr. Vital is now seeing patients in Sugar Land!

Dr. Vital is now seeing patients in Sugar Land.  If you live in the southwest area of Houston, Sugar Land, Fulshear, Richmond, or Rosenberg, Dr. Vital can now see you closer to home in the Houston Eye Associates Sugar Land Flour Daniel location.  If you are experiencing problems with blurred vision or uncomfortable eyes, we can help… Read More


Fuchs’ Dystrophy and Cataracts: what you need to know

Dr. Mark Vital discusses Fuchs’ Dystrophy and cataracts, and what happens when both are present in the eye at the same time. When this happens, Dr. Vital is able to surgically treat both conditions using cataract surgery and a procedure called DMEK. Learn more by watching the video below:


How do I stop itchy eyes?

Itchy Eyes We all want to stop itchy eyes. Itchy eyes are a hallmark of allergic conjunctivitis. Eye rubbing is that uncontrollable urge that makes your eyes feel better in the short term, but worse in the long term. Rubbing stimulates rubbing. Allergies are your immune system trying to protect you from foreign substances. Immune… Read More


What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a distorted shape of the lens or cornea that contributes to blurred vision.  It is not a disease, it does not cause blindness, and nearly everyone has at least some small amount of astigmatism. For example, take a look at the contact lenses below: The contact on the top is “round” and “spherical”.  This… Read More


Corneal Transplant Great for Keratoconus

You might want to know what an eye looks like before and after corneal transplantation for keratoconus. Keratoconus is a hereditary condition where the cornea gets thinner and steeper. This results in high astigmatism and blurred vision. If you have keratoconus, you have probably heard that you may need a corneal transplant at some time… Read More


Can you explain my eye tests? More than just reading letters.

There are many types of eye tests to detect problems.  Ophthalmologists have to find the problems before we can know what treatments will work best. Cornea Tests Photos:  used to document the appearance, size, and location of eye structures in the front of the eye. Corneal Topography:  used to map the clarity, shape, curves, and… Read More


What is the corneal epithelium?

Epithelium: the “skin of the cornea” The epithelium or “epi” of the cornea is a very thin and delicate layer of cells on the outer surface. It has many functions such as defining the shape of the tear film for good vision, protecting the cornea against infection, and refining the eye’s surface. The epithelium should… Read More