Are you Safeguarding your Eyes?

Are you Taking Care to Safeguard your Eyes? | W. John Murrell, M.D. | Amarillo, TX There are a few ways that we tend to think about eye protection. Many of us wear appropriately filtered sunglasses to reduce glare and UV exposure. Some people go so far as to watch what they eat, knowing that their general health will relate to the risk for eye diseases. Did you know that there is more to safeguarding your eyes than preserving vision and avoiding eye disease?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has reported that more than 1 million eye injuries occur on an annual basis. There is an important detail about these injuries that we need to pay close attention to 90% of these injuries are preventable. All that is needed is a little safeguarding.

What You Can Do to Avoid Eye Injury

If you know you can avoid any injury, of course, you want to! Here’s how:

Start by . . .

  • Evaluating your work environment, specifically looking for hazards.
  • Prepare for your task by gathering the right tools. If you’re gardening, have protective glasses ready. If you’re working around chemicals, have a first aid kit, and eye washes accessible.
  • Educate yourself on appropriate safety practices and hazards you may not immediately consider.

Then . . .

  • Get fitted safety gear if necessary. An eye care professional can provide this.
  • Schedule a full eye exam. The risk of injury is compounded if vision problems go undetected.

Sports Safety

Sports injuries often occur to the eye. The leading type of eye injury for athletes (even Sunday morning hoops counts) is the corneal abrasion. This injury hurts a lot more than it should for being so minor! Corneal abrasion usually heals over several days and leaves behind no lasting damage. If an opponent’s finger or another instrument cannot reach the eye, the cornea is not likely to get scratched. Bottom line: wear sports goggles whenever you play, whatever you play.

Considering the potential for avoidance, one might say that far too many eye injuries occur each year. What can you do to decrease your risk? If you need help, call (806) 351-1177

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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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