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17 Sep 17

How is Laser Eye Surgery Performed?

LASEK laser eye surgery is a vision correction procedure that aims at permanently altering the focusing power of the eye by reshaping the cornea with a precise excimer laser. Laser eye surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure while the patient is awake. Usually both eyes are operated on at the same time, but if you prefer, it can be done one eye at a time. LASEK is performed in the following steps: Eye Preparation – A few minutes prior to your LASEK procedure in Rogers, anesthetic eye drops will be placed in the eye to be treated. A special solution is…

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10 Sep 17

Is LASEK Right for You?

LASEK has successfully improved the vision of millions of people, but it isn’t for everyone. Before you sign up for LASEK surgery, here are a few things to help you determine if LASEK is right for you: LASEK is surgery to a very delicate part of your eye, and cannot be reversed. You must be at least 18 years old to receive LASEK. LASEK is not for those who are pregnant or nursing. You shouldn’t be taking certain prescription drugs, like Accutane or oral prednisone. Your eyes must be healthy and your prescription stable. Your general health should be good.…

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05 Sep 17

Understanding Refractive Errors

To see clearly, the cornea and the lens of the eye must bend (refract) light rays so they focus on the retina. The retina, a layer of light-sensing cells that line the back of the eye, converts the light rays into impulses that are sent to the brain where they are recognized as images. If the light rays don’t focus on the retina, the image you see will be blurry. This is called a refractive error. Glasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery such as LASEK try to reduce these errors by making light rays focus on the retina. Any part…

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28 Aug 17

Preparing for LASEK Surgery

LASEK surgery requires considerable preparation. Prior to LASEK in Rogers, you’ll need a complete eye examination by your refractive surgeon including the following tests and evaluation: Dr. Cole will dilate your pupils to fine-tune your prescription. Examination of your eyes to make sure they’re healthy, including testing for glaucoma,  a retinal exam and assessing for dry eye. Measurement of the curvature of your cornea and your pupils. Evaluation of the topography of your eyes to make sure you don’t have an irregular astigmatism or a cone-shaped cornea — a condition called keratoconus. Measurement of the thickness of your cornea. You…

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20 Aug 17

Is LASEK Covered by Insurance?

Unfortunately, most insurance companies don’t cover LASEK because laser eye surgery is nearly always considered an elective procedure and not medically necessary. Although insurance does not often cover the cost of LASEK, certain people can get their laser eye surgery covered due to special circumstances. The first way LASEK may be covered by insurance is if a person’s profession requires optimal vision. People who serve in special forces—including those serving in the military—and who meet specific vision requirements can sometimes get LASEK covered. This usually requires a significant waiting period and surgery in a military facility, and not everyone qualifies.…

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13 Aug 17

LASEK Recovery Tips

LASEK is one of the most popular forms of vision correction in the world today. The ability to experience the world around you without the daily dependence on glasses or contacts to perform functions such as driving and working leads to a deeper enjoyment of your day. One of the many benefits of LASEK is a fast healing and recovery time. Most LASEK patients have clear vision within days of surgery, without the assistance of glasses. Here are several tips that can speed up the recovery process even further and help you avoid any complications: Take Adequate Time to Heal:…

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06 Aug 17

How to Find the Best LASEK Surgeon

If you are considering LASEK surgery, one of the most important things to consider is how to find the best LASEK surgeon. LASEK surgery is an extremely popular vision correction method and while you may be excited to have clear vision, it is important to take your time and do your research before going through with surgery. LASEK surgery is a common procedure, but that doesn’t mean all LASEK surgeons are equal. Let’s look at some tips to help you find the right LASEK surgeon for you. Credentials: Not all LASEK surgeons are board certified. Make sure the surgeon you…

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31 Jul 17

LASEK After 40

When a person’s near vision begins to diminish, sometime after age 40, many incorrectly assume that readers, bifocal/progressive glasses are the only options to see up close. Fortunately, this is far from the truth. Today, with the latest LASEK technology, there are several options for LASEK after 40. Everyone over 40 will eventually suffer from presbyopia  - the inability to see close-up. As your body ages, the natural lens of the eye loses its flexibility. Since this is a natural condition of the lens of the eye and not the cornea, it affects everyone; from normal glasses and contact wearers, to…

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23 Jul 17

Wearing Contacts Before a LASEK Consultation

If you are a contact lens wearer who is interested in LASEK eye surgery for vision correction and to reduce your dependency on contacts, it’s important to be aware of the restrictions surrounding wearing contact lenses before your LASEK consultation. Prior to a LASEK consultation and surgery, it is vital that contact lenses not be worn for a certain period of time. This is because contact lenses can alter the shape of the cornea. During your LASEK consultation in Rogers, Dr. Cole will take measurements of your eye and will evaluate the curvature of your cornea to assess your candidacy and…

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16 Jul 17

How Effective is Laser Eye Surgery?

Thousands of people across the globe have experienced the lasting benefits of laser eye surgery. Laser eye surgery has proven highly effective in most people with common vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In fact, as many as 70% of patients will experience better than 20/20 vision once they’ve had the procedure. So, what makes laser eye surgery such an effective option for vision correction? The most effective form of laser eye surgery utilizes the latest technology available to LASEK surgeons.  In the early years of LASEK surgery, the procedure required the use of a mechanical cutting tool to…

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