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Introducing Lipiflow

An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from dry eye and according to a 2012 study1, 86% of those with dry eye also have symptoms of Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). While the two are separate conditions, they typically go hand-in-hand and often overlap. The Meibomian glands are small glands that line the rim of the eyelid near the lashes that secrete an oily substance called meibum which is one of the critical components of tear film that helps prevent our tears from evaporating too quickly. Once there are decreased oils in the tear film it will likely have an effect on the ocular surface, leading to evaporate dry eye disease.

Common symptoms of MGD include:

Burning Dryness Blurred vision Excess tears Scratchy/gritty sensation Red, itchy eyes Tired, puffy eyes...

Meet the Bostons-Their Surgical Experience!

Surgery day for the Bostons was exciting! The morning began with reviewing consent forms and post-operative instructions, then Donnie was up first for his procedure. Each LASIK patient is administered a light oral sedative to help them relax and take the edge off any anxiety, it also helps with a post-op nap! Donnie looked terrific in his surgical bonnet and was walked back to the suite personally by Dr. Silvera who reviewed his treatment plan with him before beginning. The procedure begins by administering topical numbing drops after which point the patient is positioned beneath the femtosecond laser which creates the corneal flap. This is the more lengthy part of the procedure and can take several seconds per eye. A small suction device is placed over the eye to hold it still and steady as the laser makes the flap. Once this has...

Meet the Bostons, updated!


Following their complimentary consultations, Donnie & Alicia wasted no time in booking their LASIK procedures! They scheduled their procedures within days of their initial visits and surgery took place just before Christmas, allowing them to enjoy their first holiday together FREE from glasses and contacts!!


Meet Donnie and Alicia Boston, two Evansville natives who have worn glasses and contacts for a combined total of 55 years (wow!) and made the decision for LASIK with Dr. Silvera at Talley Eye Institute. The Bostons have agreed to allow us to follow them on their journey and plan on checking in with us and our followers to share with others how easy, rewarding, and worthwhile LASIK is for our patients!

Alicia is a full-time mom and PTA President at Highland Elementary School....

Keratoconus; a big word with a big impact on vision

Keratoconus, sometimes referred to as “KC”, is a progressive eye condition in which the cornea weakens and thins over time causing the typically round, dome-shaped cornea to develop a cone-like bulge that produces optical irregularities affecting vision.  Keratoconus typically appears in individuals who are in their late teens or early twenties and affects an estimated one in two thousand persons in the United States. Early symptoms include; blurring or distortion of vision, increased eye rubbing, increased sensitivity to light and frequent changes in prescription or the inability to effectively correct vision with prescription glasses. The exact cause for keratoconus is unknown though some research indicates that a hereditary component may have an impact on developing the condition...

The Diabetic Eye

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin or the body is unable to process it properly. Insulin is the hormone that regulates the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. The disease can wreak havoc on the body and its organs, including the eyes. Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular edema. Diabetic retinopathy is the main threat to vision.

Over time, diabetes affects the circulatory system of the retina. The earliest phase of the disease is known as background diabetic retinopathy. In this phase, the arteries in the retina become weakened and leak, forming small, dot-like hemorrhages. These...

Corneal Crosslinking

Friday, September 15, was an eventful day at Talley Eye Institute.  Dr. Dwight Silvera became the first physician in the Tristate area to perform Corneal Crosslinking Therapy for the treatment of progressive keratoconus.  We are excited to offer the first and only FDA approved crosslinking therapy in the area!


Solar Eclipse on August 21

On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will sweep over North America. The tristate area will be a prime location, as Hopkinsville, Kentucky is the site where the best view of the eclipse will occur. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, but it comes with its own set of dangers. Looking directly at the eclipse can permanently damage your eyesight. Below are some links on how you can safely watch the eclipse.

Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing Infographic

How to Safely Watch the Great American Eclipse of 2017

Solar Eclipse Eye Safety


Our New Website

Talley Eye Institute would like to welcome you to our new website. In this upgrade we have added several new features to benefit our patients, referring doctor network and staff. The design consists of a higher contrast between the background and content...