Cataracts

Ophthalmologist

 

An ophthalmologist is a physician (MD) who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and in the prevention of eye disease and injury.  At Opia Vision Center, our ophthalmologists diagnose, treat, and monitor eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, as well as perform surgery on cataracts, pterygia, and/or eyelids.

A cataract is a medical condition where the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision.  Early cataracts can often times be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, and/or magnifying lenses.  A cataract needs to be removed only when vision loss interferes with everyday activities.  We offer cataract evaluations so that we can help you make an educated decision about whether cataract surgery is right for you.  Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you? If so, Contact us by email or, call us at 713-864-8652 for a Cataract consultation!

 

What are the symptoms of  a cataract?

  • Cloudy/blurred vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Glare - headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright and/or a halo may appear around lights
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses

What is a Pterygium?

 

A pterygium is a growth of the conjunctiva (the white part of the eye) over the cornea (the clear front covering of the eye).  Pterygia are usually caused by prolonged exposure to UV/sunlight along with being in a dry or dusty environment.  Pterygiums can be prevented by wearing sun protection, sunglasses, and using lubricating eye drops.  A pterygium needs to be removed when large enough to obstruct your vision or when causing irritation.  We offer pterygium consultations so that we can help you monitor your irritation or help you make an informed decision about surgery.  Think you have a pterygium?  Check out these symptoms!  Give us a call  at 713-864-8652 for a Pterygium consultation! or make an appointment today!

 

Pterygium Symptoms

 

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Dry Eyes
  • Blurry Vision

Dry Eye Syndrome

 

Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye.  In most cases dry eye can be managed successfully through proper care and regular eye exams.  Left untreated, dry eye can cause significant inflammation and even scarring of the cornea (the clear front covering of the eye).

 

Symptoms of Dry Eye:

  • Stinging or burning
  • Episodes of excess tearing
  • Discharge
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Scratchy sensation or the feeling that something is in the eye

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Dry Eye Treatment Options...

Dry Eye Treatment Options

 

Dry eye syndrome has many treatment options based on the severity.  Four of the treatment options that are most prevalent than the rest are artificial tears, medicated drops, punctal plus, and PROKERA®. These treatment options can be used combined or separate depending on the severity, which is why having routine eye exams is crucial to the management of dry eye syndrome.

 

Opia Vision Center has been a dry eye care center of excellence for the past 3 years.  What does that mean for you?  We have access to the latest technology and treatment options for dry eye syndrome.  Also, it means we are the experts on dry eye!  Make an appointment for a dry eye evaluation today!

PROKERA® is a therapeutic device used by eye doctors around the world to protect, repair and heal damaged eye surfaces. PROKERA® is made by clipping a piece of amniotic membrane tissue in between two rings made out of a clear, flexible material.

What is Botox?

 

Botox is a drug that comes from a bacterial toxin called Botulin, that can be used for medical purposes to treat certain muscular conditions as well as cosmetic correction.  Botox paralyzes the muscles, thus making it a perfect solution to spasms.  Once the muscle is paralyzed the appearance of wrinkles diminishes therefore creating an appeal for cosmetic use.  At Opia Vision Center we use botox for both medical and cosmetic purposes.  Contact us by email or, call us at 713-864-8652 for a Botox consultation!

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Other Conditions We Treat

  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Computer Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chalazion (Eye lid bump)
  • Eye lid surgery
  • Vitreous Floaters

 

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Insurance - Medical

Medical vs. Vision Insurance

 

One of the most challenging billing issues in an ophthalmology office is whether we should be billing the medical or vision plan.

 

Your medical insurance may cover a medical eye problem, but not pay for the exam if it is a "routine" eye exam. If you have a medical problem (infection, corneal disorders, diabetes, a lazy eye, cataracts, glaucoma suspect, dry eye, double vision, etc.), your visit is considered a medical problem and can be billed to your medical plan.

 

Many medical plans are no longer paying for eye exams because of a diagnosis of blurred vision or a headache. They are considering this a routine vision exam and are often not paying for the exam.

 

Vision plans provide coverage for routine exams, glasses, and contact lenses, or at least give you some type of discount on the doctor’s fees. If you have trouble with your vision (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, etc.), your visit is considered a vision problem and can be billed to your vision plan.

 

Our billers will determine the appropriate plan (medical or vision) to file your claim, based on the results of your exam. Contact us by email or, call us at 713-864-8652 to make an appointment!

  • AMERIGROUP MEDICAID
  • AMERIGROUP MMP
  • AMERIGROUP SNP
  • AMERIVANTAGE
  • COMMUNITY HEALTH MEDICAID
  • COMMUNITY HEALTH MARKETPLACE
  • CARE IMPROVEMENT PLUS
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE CHOICE PLUS AND COMMERCIAL
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE HMO SNP
  • AARP MEDICARE PLAN 1 AND 2
  • AARP SUPPLEMENT
  • MOLINA MEDICAID
  • MOLINA MARKETPLACE
  • AETNA (ALL)
  • WELLCARE (ALL)
  • MEMORIAL HERMANN (ALL)
  • GEHA
  • HUMANA (ALL)
  • TRICARE
  • TEXAS CHILDRENS
  • UMR
  • BCBS HMO AND PPO
  • CIGNA
  • MEDICARE
  • MEDICAID

 

If you don't see your insurance company on this list, please give us a call to find out if we are now on the plan! 713-864-8652

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 DISCLAIMER - At Opia Vision Center we regard patient education just as important as diagnosis; therefore, we have provided answers to many questions you may have. Please note that this information serves to educate patients on common conditions, NOT to diagnose them. Please consult with your eye care physician for specific answers as he or she will know what is best for your eye. Come see us at Opia Vision Center to receive your evaluation today! - 713-864-8652

1740 W 27th Street, Suite 180

Houston, Texas 77008

713-864-8652

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