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Why Are My Eyelids Itchy? Common Eyelid Diseases

By guest blogger medical student Arnulfo Garza Reyes, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Have you experienced itchy eyelids? Maybe a painful bump on your eyelids or perhaps several bumps that may not be painful but are uncomfortable? These are common complaints patients have that prompt them to seek an eye doctor. The eyelids have… Read More

How Space Travel Affects Eyesight. Can Space Leave You Blind?

The lack of gravity in space can have many different effects on the body, including on the visual system.  Many astronauts have reported temporary and permanent changes in their vision upon returning from a trip to space. Dr. Marc Ellman of the Southwest Eye Institute was a guest at the Association of Space Explorers XXXII… Read More

First Bowman Layer Transplant for Keratoconus Performed at Southwest Eye Institute

Dr. Ahmed Soliman of the Southwest Eye Institute in El Paso, Texas recently performed the first Bowman layer transplant for keratoconus in the state of Texas, making the Southwest Eye Institute only the second center in the entire United States to offer the groundbreaking procedure, which is a minimally invasive, suture-less alternative to full corneal… Read More

Diabetic Eye Awareness Month

Our doctors here at Southwest Eye Institute in El Paso, TX strive to ensure patient education and comfort comes first. Bringing awareness to certain eye diseases is important and this month mars diabetic eye awareness. The most common disease assocaited with this is diabetic retniopathy, which is caused by diabetes. Unfortuantely, there are not many… Read More

Halloween Tips and Tricks

Fall is here, which means the month of costumes, candy, fall, and spooky movies is upon us. October marks the month of Halloween and here at Southwest Eye Institute in El Paso, TX we know how popular this day is to most of the population and their families in El Paso. Many people partake in dressing up… Read More

3 Reasons Why Cheap LASIK Isn’t Worth the Savings

When you’re considering getting LASIK surgery, you probably do some research to get a feel for what to expect when it comes to the procedure itself and how much it costs. There’s a very good chance that your search has triggered some ads to pop up about cheap LASIK procedures in your area. You may… Read More

Healthy Vision Aging Month

Your health and your eyesight should be your main concern, and Southwest Eye Institute is here to help you gain knowledge on this matter. September marks National healthy aging month and the doctors here at Southwest Eye Institute want to direct attention towards your vision. Dr. Ellman’s goal here is to bring the positives of… Read More

Cataract Awareness Month

The board of optometry has officially marked June as the official month to bring awareness to cataracts. Many people are not aware that they have a cataract, or even what the signs and symptoms can be.  Cataracts are clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. When you have this clouding it, in turn,… Read More

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Month

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness amongst seniors, affecting more than 2 million people in the United States. Once advanced, this disease robs your central vision. However, at earlier stages there are often no symptoms. This is yet another reason why it is important to get regular comprehensive eye examinations, as… Read More

January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month – Find Out If You Are at Risk

January has been chosen as the glaucoma awareness month, an important reminder that everyone should get checked for this silent thief of sight. Glaucoma, which can lead to blindness if untreated, causes changes so slowly that most patients don’t know they have it until it is found during a comprehensive eye examination or until the visual… Read More

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