Phillips Kirk Labor, MD, FACS, FICS

Eye Consultants of Texas_SD15_NTC webCONTACT:

2201 Westgate Plaza

Grapevine, Texas 76051

4932 Overton Ridge Blvd

Fort Worth, Texas 76132

3960 FM 2181, Suite 100

Hickory Creek, Texas 75065

817-410-2030

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Where do eye doctors send their own families for eye-related treatment? If they live in DFW, the answer is probably to Eye Consultants of Texas and Phillips Kirk Labor, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S. Internationally known for his LASIK and cataract expertise, and one of a select few ophthalmologists major companies choose to evaluate new eye care technologies for FDA approval, Dr. Labor is considered one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s top ophthalmology specialists today. Yet he’s also a physician who insists on time to connect with each patient; to slow down and really listen to their questions and concerns and tailor care specifically to them.

Highlights:

  • Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
  • Internationally recognized for his work in refractive surgery
  • Thirty years of refractive and cataract expertise
  • Thousands of LASIK, cataract, PRK and IOL procedures performed
  • First DFW eye surgeon to use the ORange (now ORA), the world’s first technology that measures vision quality during cataract surgery
  • First in Texas to implant the ReZoom premium intraocular lens
  • First in Dallas/Fort Worth to implant the Verisyse implantable lens
  • First U.S. solo private practitioner to acquire the Ziemer FEMTO LDV surgical laser
  • One of only a few U.S. eye surgeons manufacturers such as Bausch & Lomb have chosen to evaluate new technologies
  • Several surgical instruments introduced that bear his name
  • Published numerous articles on a wide range of ophthalmic subjects and issues
  • Led or collaborated on key studies
  • Key Opinion Leader for Bausch & Lomb
  • Recognized by Premier Surgeon as one of the top 250 leading U.S. innovators for premium intraocular lens surgery
  • Named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • Fort Worth and Tarrant County Top Doc
  • Voted Top Ophthalmologist for Northeast Tarrant County in magazine reader polls
  • President elect of the board of the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE)
  • An International College of Surgeons (ICS) Vice-President, Fellow
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Founding member of the American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons
  • Member International Society of Refractive Surgeons, American College of Eye Surgeons, Southern Medical Association, Texas Ophthalmological Society, Texas Medical Association, Tarrant County Ophthalmological Society, and Tarrant County Medical Society
  • Medical missionary to Kurdistan, Northern Iraq

Amazingly Dr. Labor realized his chosen path as early as third grade, “There were no doctors in my family,” he said. “But in third grade I did a school project on how the human eye works and, from that early age, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.” He obtained his Physician’s Assistant license first, just to be sure medicine was going to be a good fit for him. It was.

“As a PA, I was lucky enough to work with Robert F. Azar, MD, one of the nation’s top ophthalmologists,” he said. “He was developing new techniques and technologies during the two years I worked under him. This was in New Orleans, but my ophthalmology match placed me at The Eye Foundation Hospital at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While I was there, I underwent a life-saving procedure. That was a seminal moment in my life.”

His experience as a patient taught Dr. Labor to truly put his patients first; to offer them his full attention, never to rush someone through his office. “It’s extremely rewarding to be able to give someone back the vision they had years ago, or in some cases, even better vision,” he said. “Our goal is to give the DFW area the best, most up-to-date surgical eye care available today but to do it in a highly personal, friendly environment.”

Dr. Labor began his ophthalmology career working with several premier group practices. His desire to pursue—even pioneer—the latest techniques and technologies led him to open his own practice in 2002. “Eye care is advancing rapidly and there are breakthroughs available to my patients now that were unheard of, just a couple years ago,” Dr. Labor said. “The challenge for me is to present all viable treatment or surgical options to my patients, in a way they can understand; to explain management strategies and available medications, so they comprehend what we’re doing and how it will benefit them. If I’ll be placing an implant in their eye, they need to understand all their implant options.

“It’s also vital that I stay abreast of advancing technology, so I can tailor treatment to each and every patient, to provide them the very best results possible,” he said. “But technology can never replace the doctor/patient relationship. Technology allows us to reassure our patients. It allows us to be more precise in predicting treatment or surgery outcomes. It allows us to take the very best care possible of our patients and their eyes. But it can never replace what we have to offer one-on-one to each patient.”

As Dr. Phillips Kirk Labor treated his ophthalmology patients at Eye Consultants of Texas, he recognized a marked increase in the number of patients suffering from Dry Eye Disease, a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. “Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision,” Dr. Labor explained. “People with Dry Eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. We’re seeing an increased rate of Dry Eyes with increased computer use.”

Each time we blink, tears are spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. People with Dry Eyes, who aren’t producing enough of these all-important tears, begin to experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes, a feeling of something in the eye, blurred vision or even excess tearing. The problem goes beyond inconvenience, as advanced Dry Eyes can damage the front surface of the eye and impair our precious vision.

Dr. Labor established Dry Eye Institutes of America—the only practice of its kind in the United States—to provide one centralized location specifically designed to diagnose and treat Dry Eye Disease, using the latest Dry Eye technology tailored to each patient’s specific symptoms and condition. “The causes of Dry Eyes are many,” Dr. Labor said. “It can come as a natural result of aging or from hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, oral contraceptives or menopause. Some medications can cause or increase Dry Eye symptoms. Or it can come as a result of medical conditions such as auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or thyroid eye disease, among others, or from inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis), as well as abnormal eyelid function. Dry Eye can also be caused by environmental factors such as exposure to smoke, wind and dry climates that cause tear evaporation or even from long-term use of contact lenses or from eye surgeries, such as LASIK.”

The good news is, in many cases, Dry Eye Disease is easily treated, and Dry Eye Institutes of America offers DFW residents a team dedicated to its diagnosis and treatment. “The eye is our most active organ,” Dr. Labor said. “As long as it is open, it’s processing visual information. When you’re reading a book or looking at a computer screen and vision that was fine a moment ago suddenly becomes blurry, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from Dry Eyes.

Blurriness comes because the natural, healthy tear film on your eye is beginning to break down. Although Dry Eyes is a chronic disease—seen alone or in conjunction with other disease—our goal is to provide therapy to manage and lessen its symptoms and to provide it in one location dedicated to this one disease.”

While most eye care professionals possess some knowledge of Dry Eyes, its symptoms and treatment, Dr. Labor helped establish a congress of Dry Eye specialists to customize its treatment and care and share that knowledge with others in his field. He teaches on-site patient education classes on Dry Eyes, as well as on laser eye correction and other surgical options, plus classes for other eye care physicians. “Vision is arguably our most important sense,” he said. “Research in recent years has revealed that Dry Eyes is a far more complex disease than originally thought. We realized this early on and developed a series of treatment protocols that can be customized to a patient’s specific condition. Our doctors design the most appropriate treatment plan for each, making them easy to follow, use only proven treatment options and carefully manage Dry Eye treatment to ensure optimum day-to-day relief of symptoms.”

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

  • Excessive tears or “watering”
  • A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • Blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for long periods (reading, computer work, or video games)
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • A sensation of having something in your eyes
  • Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
  • Eye fatigue and/or headaches
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Frequent blinking

Treatments for Dry Eyes including:

  • Artificial Tear Drops, Ointments & Gels
  • Restasis,  an FDA-approved eye drop
  • Mild Ophthalmic Steroids
  • Oral Medications
  • Nutraceuticals
  • LipiFlow, a medical device designed for treating Evaporative Dry Eye
  • Temporary or Permanent Punctal Plugs inserted into the tear ducts
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