Sunday Drives aren’t what They used to be

drive safely If you are a certain age, you may remember the joys of going out for a family drive on an average Sunday afternoon. This time in the car, with the windows down, could be a nice reprieve from the demands of the week. Today, there aren’t many people who have maintained this past time. However, we do spend a fair amount of time on the road. For that reason, it is important to address the issue of glare and how to reduce it when driving. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Clean the windshield – inside and out. The outside surface is what usually gets all the attention and, sometimes, it gets tiny. If your average car cleaning involves spraying your windshield and using the windshield wipers, be sure to change those wipers once or twice each year. Otherwise, they won’t work well for you. Wipers, even if they are not used often, will degrade over time simply due to exposure to the elements.
  2. Headlights need to achieve the perfect balance. Too high, and you will blind other drivers. Too small, and your path will not be adequately lit. When headlights get scratched or hazy, glare to oncoming drivers increases. Cleaning and polishing headlights can mean less glare for them, and for you, too, as you travel down the road.
  3. Prescription glasses. Whether you wear glasses or contact lenses, it is necessary to stay on top of their appropriateness. If your prescription needs updating, handle that right away. Even the slightest inconsistency with your eyewear can make driving more challenging, especially after dark.

Some of the ways that you can make sure your eyes are ready for the road at all times is to see your eye doctor on an annual basis. Also, if you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, do not skimp. Quality lenses can reduce glare, so you see what you need to see when driving. Non-glare treatments can be added to your eyewear to improve how your eyes take in reflection and light. Polarized sunglasses, as well, are highly recommended.

Do you have an eye condition, such as cataracts, that is keeping you from the safest driving or highest quality of life? Call Amarillo ophthalmologist Dr. Murrell at 806-351-1177.

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Amarillo, TX 79106

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Amarillo, TX 79106

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This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

The LAL is a premium IOL which will not be covered under your medical insurance hence will have to pay for this IOL.


What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

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