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Lake Austin Eye is performing Corneal Crosslinking

by Gina Cottle on September 10, 2017

Lake Austin Eye is excited to announce that we offer Corneal Crosslinking to those patients that suffer from Keratoconus or Post-LASIK Corneal Ectasia.

Both conditions cause a thinning and bulging of the cornea, which results in suboptimal vision. Often, the only solution for these patients, if the disease is left to progress, is corneal transplantation. The FDA has finally approved the Corneal Crosslinking procedure, in which Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is applied to the cornea and UV light is used to react with the riboflavin to make the cornea flatter and stronger. Drs. Cottle and Chan both perform Corneal Crosslinking and have been impressed with the results. Call our office today if you or someone you know may be suffering from these debilitating conditions.


Lake Austin Eye welcomes Dr. Annie Chan to our Practice!

by Gina Cottle on September 10, 2017

Welcome Dr Annie Chan to Lake Austin Eye!

Dr. Annie Chan is a cornea specialist who came to us from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she was a professor for four years in the Ophthalmology department. She cared for the residents of San Antonio and surrounding South Texas and was also able to teach and train Ophthalmology students and other medical professionals in the art of medicine and eye care. Although Dr Chan is a native of Austin, her educational pursuits took her from the West to East coasts. After completing a rigorous residency program in Ophthalmology at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City, OK in 2012, she found a passion for treating corneal and external diseases and was selected to stay on as a fellow. Dr Chan provides comprehensive eye care with a special interest in Corneal Crosslinking, the latest corneal transplantation techniques such as DMEK and treatment of dry eye disease and other ocular surface diseases. She is also a leading surgeon in laser cataract surgery and offers the most up-to-date intraocular lens choices. She is delighted to be back in her hometown as an eye physician and surgeon!


Lake Austin Eye is excited to announce the LipiFlow treatment

LipiFlow® is a new procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands. Opening and clearing these blocked glands can allow them to resume natural production of lipids (oils) needed for a healthy tear film. Some treatments attempt to add more liquid to your tears, but without the complex natural oil, tears continue to evaporate faster than produced. At the heart of the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is the Activator (eyepiece). The Activator uses patented, precisely controlled heat applied to the inner eyelid with adaptive pressure encouraging your body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for your tear film. Its single-use design and built-in sensors ensure a safe, sterile treatment. The treatment is performed right in the comfort of Dr. Cottle’s office. Imagine returning to doing the things you enjoy, without worrying about your eyes. LipiFlow® could be your first step to dry eye relief.


Dry Eye Disease Options

by Gina Cottle on June 25, 2013

Constantly Using Artificial Tears may be a sign of Dry Eye Disease

Artificial Tears are Just a Palliative Treatment

Over time, some people need them more and more often as the condition gets worse. They may also find that using different kinds or brands of eye drops aren’t enough. Using artificial tears can help moisten the eyes and may provide short-term relief, but they cannot help increase tear production in cases where it may be caused by inflammation due to Chronic Dry Eye. Dr. Cottle can measure your tear osmolarity in the office and determine if you have this condition. These days, there are prescription eyedrops that actually improve the inflammation and can significantly lessen the symptoms of Dry Eye Disease. Dr. Cottle is a Fellowship-Trained Dry Eye Specialist…she formulates individual treatment plans for each patient. If you are experiencing blurred vision, redness, burning or “tired eyes”, you may be suffering from Dry Eye Disease.


Measuring Tear Osmolarity for Dry Eye Disease

by Gina Cottle on June 25, 2013

A New Diagnostic Tool for Dry Eye Disease: Tear Osmolarity

Do you suffer from Dry Eye Disease?

Do you know the osmolarity of your tears? It’s essential! An elevated tear osmolarity can indicate dry eye disease even before you become symptomatic. Dr. Cottle and her staff at Lake Austin Eye now offer this test, which is quickly becoming the Gold Standard for the diagnosis and management of Dry Eye Disease. It is painless and quick, and covered by most insurance plans. Come in today and find out if you are at risk for this chronic and sight-threatening eye disease.


Eye Donor Appreciation Week

by Gina Cottle on March 8, 2013

Learn about the importance of being an Eye Donor

Corneal transplantation is when the patient’s natural cornea is removed and replaced with a donor cornea from an organ donor. The first corneal transplant was performed in 1905 by Eduard Zirm in the Czech Republic. Incredible advances in corneal transplantation have taken place since that time. We can now selectively replace certain layers in the cornea, so that vision recovers faster. We also may use fewer stitches in corneal transplantation, so that large amounts of astigmatism may be avoided.
Instrumental in the success of corneal transplants were the establishment of EYE BANKS. These are organizations located throughout the world to coordinate the distribution of donated corneas to surgeons, as well as providing eyes for research. Dr. Cottle currently uses the Lone Star Lions Eye Bank in Manor, Texas, for all of her corneal transplantation. They have a very informative website at www.lsleb.org. If you are not currently an organ donor, check out www.DonateLifeTexas.com to get more information about making a decision to become an eye, organ and tissue donor today. Being an eye donor is giving an amazing gift of sight!


New Technology Lens Implants offer Youthful Vision!

by Gina Cottle on March 8, 2013

Tired of Reading Glasses or Bifocals?

These days, you have choices. During cataract surgery or clear lens extraction, Dr. Cottle replaces your old cloudy lens with a new lens implant. This lens implant can now correct astigmatism, or even your near and intermediate vision! You can often end up with clearer, sharper vision then you had in your younger days! Call today and ask how Lake Austin Eye can make your eyes youthful again.


Grand Opening LASIK Special!

by Gina Cottle on November 2, 2012

Give or Get the Gift of Sight for the Holidays!

Lake Austin Eye celebrates the Holidays with an Amazing LASIK Special

Offering this Special for the months of November and December

Whether you are looking for a special gift of sight for a loved one, or a way to spend those extra Flexible Health Spending Account dollars, come see us at Lake Austin Eye. Dr. Gina Cottle is a fellowship-trained LASIK surgeon with years of experience, and she uses bladeless, all laser LASIK with custom wavefront technology. Call us at 512-263-1113 to find out more about this exciting LASIK Holiday deal.


Better Vision Can Mean Clearer Thinking in Elderly

by Gina Cottle on September 17, 2012

Can you get brain fog from not wearing your glasses or from delaying cataract surgery? A study of elderly Chinese suggests that not seeing clearly can lead to lower cognitive function levels.

Cognitive function is the ability to perceive, understand and remember ideas. A low cognitive function score can mean a reduced ability to make good decisions and live independently.

Cognitive function was calculated in 3,127 participants of the Beijing Eye Study, all of whom had received eye and medical examinations.

After adjusting for factors such as older age, lower education level, gender and occupation, the researchers found that those with undercorrection of their eyesight and non-wearing of their glasses had a significantly lower cognitive function score than others.

A study report was published online this month in Acta Ophthalmologica.


iPhone App for the Visually Impaired

by Gina Cottle on September 14, 2012

The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing has developed EyeNote™  a free, new iPhone app to aid the visually impaired or blind in identifying US paper currency. Essentially, the app is designed to allow the user to hold the bill in one hand and the iPhone in the other while scanning the paper currency. After a few seconds the iPhone will tell the user the denomination of the currency in English or Spanish. EyeNote™ can also operate in privacy mode with a different number of beeps signaling the value of the currency.

The app runs independent of a data connection. EyeNote™ can not differentiate between genuine and fake currency.  EyeNote™ works on the following devices

  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3Gs
  • iPhone 4
  • 4th Generation iPod Touch
  • iPad2