What is a comprehensive eye exam?

What is a comprehensive eye exam?

A comprehensive or complete eye exam is a full evaluation of your vision and your eye health. Periodic examinations are important for early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems. Eye exams are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss. Most individuals are often unaware that problems… 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


“Vital” Eye Research Review: What is collagen crosslinking for keratoconus?

Collagen crosslinking is a procedure that has been performed in other areas of the world for many years but was approved by the FDA in the United States in 2016. The procedure aims to stiffen and strengthen the cornea by using riboflavin and ultraviolet light. This has been shown to be useful in the treatment… 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


What is the preferred type of corneal transplant for keratoconus and corneal scars?

The preferred type of corneal transplant for keratoconus and corneal scars is an anterior lamellar keratoplasty or ALK which is a partial thickness corneal transplant .  In this type of transplant only the part of the cornea with the problem (in this case, the front of the cornea) is replaced.  In the pictures below, two… Read More


Are premium lenses necessary for cataract surgery?

Premium lenses are not a necessary requirement for cataract surgery.  However, most patients will have a intraocular lens (IOL) placed inside the eye at the time of cataract surgery.  It is easy for patients and doctors to get caught up in “the next new thing”.  However, the quality of the standard monofocal intraocular lenses covered… Read More


Zepto for Cataract Surgery in Houston

Zepto for cataract surgery is a fantastic option for premium, toric intraocular lenses and complex cases.  Cataract surgery is like removing the chocolate (the cataract) from an green M&M candy and leaving the green candy coating behind.  The new artificial lens is then placed inside the green candy coating shell.  Eye doctors call that green… Read More


“Vital” Eye Reseach Review: Do antiviral medications help in herpes?

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be particularly devastating on the clarity of the cornea and on vision. It is well known that HSV keratitis can recur weeks, months, and even years after the first “acute” episode. Each recurrence of herpes comes with the added risk of new corneal scarring, worsening of vision, and the possible… Read More