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16 Sep 18

Early Signs of Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens that normally occurs due to advancing age. A young, healthy lens is clear and flexible which allows it to focus images onto the retina. But starting around the age of 40, the lens begins to yellow and harden. Cataracts start small but gradually worsen. Their effects on a person’s vision become more noticeable and debilitating over time as they mature. Eventually, an untreated cataract can cause significant vision loss and even total blindness. Early signs of cataracts include the following: Blurry, dim or clouded vision (like looking out of a cloudy or…

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09 Sep 18

Side Effects of LASEK Eye Surgery

LASEK is a popular surgery used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. LASEK eye surgery works by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. LASEK, like any other surgery, has the potential for certain side effects. LASEK eye surgery is one of the safest, most effective and predictable types of surgery one can have today, however, patients should be aware of and fully understand potential side effects before making the decision to…

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02 Sep 18

Dry Eye and LASEK

Dry eyes are no fun: They itch, sting and tear up. They’re a possible side effect of LASEK eye surgery, but usually they clear up within the first year of recovery. It is important when considering LASEK that you understand the possibility of experiencing dry eyes after your procedure. If you suffer from dry eye prior to LASEK, proper preoperative treatment can be provided to you so that you will have the best possible LASEK results and experience. The eye requires that it be continuously covered by natural tears produced by the eye. Dry eye is a condition where not…

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26 Aug 18

Finding a LASEK Surgeon

If you are considering a vision correction procedure such as LASEK, one of the most important decisions you will make is the choice of a surgeon. But what should you look for when choosing a LASEK surgeon? Here are several qualifications to consider when choosing a LASEK surgeon for your vision correction needs: Board Certification: Is the surgeon certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology? Experience is vitally important and this form of certification suggests a certain higher level of expertise. Referrals: Perhaps your optometrist refers you to a LASEK surgeon, or a friend or family member has had a…

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19 Aug 18

Understanding LASEK Risks

While LASEK surgery is extremely safe and incredibly effective, as with any surgical procedure, there is still some risk involved. The truth is, LASEK risks are rare and typically mild when they do occur. When LASEK risks do occur, the majority of side effects either go away on their own or are easily fixed through a follow-up procedure. Potential LASEK surgery risks include: Eye Infections – Like all surgical procedures, LASEK carries a small risk of infection. However, eye infections following LASEK are rare. If the procedure is performed using sterile lasers throughout, the surgeon can avoid any physical contact…

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12 Aug 18

Eye Exam for LASEK

Before you can safely undergo LASEK vision correction surgery, your eyes need to be examined by a qualified LASEK professional. This exam helps your doctor determine whether or not LASEK surgery is the right vision correction procedure for you. During an eye exam for LASEK in Rogers, Dr. Cole will analyze the current state of the patient’s vision, check for irregularities in the eye and evaluate the patient’s candidacy for LASEK surgery using several tests, including: Corneal Topography Test – One of the first tests that are part of the LASEK eye exam is corneal topography which measures the shape…

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05 Aug 18

Diagram of the Eye

Even though the eye is small, only about 1 inch in diameter, it serves a very important function - the sense of sight. The eye is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It is made up of many distinct parts working in unison together and in order for the eye to work at its best, all parts must work well collectively. Let’s look at a few of the main parts of this vital organ: Anterior Chamber: The space between the cornea and the iris, filled with the aqueous humor. Choroid: The vascular layer of the eye,…

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29 Jul 18

Myopia Treatment

Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness which is caused by a refractive error many people are born with or develop as they age. Myopia is the most common refractive error of the eye. If you are nearsighted, you typically will have difficulty reading road signs and seeing distant objects clearly, but will be able to see well for close-up tasks such as reading and computer use. Other signs and symptoms of myopia include squinting, eye strain and headaches. Feeling fatigued when driving or playing sports also can be a symptom of uncorrected nearsightedness. Myopia is not a disease, but…

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22 Jul 18

What to Expect Before, During and After LASEK – Part Two

After LASEK Immediately following the procedure, you may experience mild burning or itching in your eye. It could also feel as if something is stuck in your eye. Your vision may be hazy or slightly blurry, and some tears are common. It’s extremely important that you refrain from rubbing your eyes as they heal because doing so may harm them. It is also important to keep your eyes lubricated for the first few weeks to three months after LASEK surgery. Even when your eyes don’t feel dry, you should use lubricating eye drops 3-4 times a day to prevent your…

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15 Jul 18

Cataract Surgery Options

Cataracts are a cloudiness that forms in the normally clear lens of the eye, leading to decreased vision. Although cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40, cataract surgery options offer an easy solution to clear vision for the millions that suffer from the condition. Depending on your pre-operative vision and desired result, Dr. Cole in Rogers may choose to remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant called an intraocular lens, IOL. This has been done for routine cataract surgery for years. There are several IOL options that…

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