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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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08 Jul 18

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

Before LASEK Prior to a LASEK procedure in Rogers, you will need a thorough consultation and complete eye examination by Dr. Cole to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. During your pre-surgery examination, Dr. Cole will: Dilate your pupils to fine-tune your prescription Examine your eyes to make sure they’re healthy, including testing for glaucoma, performing a retinal exam and assessing for dry eye Measure the curvature of your cornea and your pupils Examine the topography of your eyes to make sure you don’t have an irregular astigmatism or a cone-shaped cornea – a condition called…

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01 Jul 18

LASEK for Nearsightedness

To see clearly, the cornea and the lens must bend, (refract) light rays so they focus on the retina. The retina is a layer of light-sensing cells that line the back of the eye. These cells convert the light rays into impulses that are sent to the brain where they are recognized as images. If the light rays don’t focus properly on the retina, the image you see is 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. Refractive errors…

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24 Jun 18

Is LASEK Surgery Safe?

Although LASEK eye surgery results have continued to improve since the early days of the procedure, some potential LASEK candidates still wonder if LASEK surgery is safe. LASEK eye surgery is one of the most popular elective procedures performed today, and it offers many benefits that can improve your overall quality of life. Due to the latest technology and the skills of experienced LASEK surgeons such as Dr. Cole, millions of Americans are less dependent on their contact lenses and glasses. The surgery has an excellent safety record, but as with any surgery post-operative complications can occur. A very small…

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17 Jun 18

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is an umbrella term for several eye surgeries used to correct refractive errors. The most common types of laser eye surgery include LASIK, PRK, LASEK and EpiLASIK. Each of the four laser eye surgery procedures below use the same special laser, called an excimer laser, to reshape the cornea. This is what corrects vision. But laser eye surgery can vary in the specifics of the procedure, the recovery time, which surgical instruments are used and your patient candidacy. You might be a better candidate for PRK, for instance, than for LASIK. The Right Laser Eye Surgery In…

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10 Jun 18

How Does LASEK Work?

LASEK surgery is the most common laser vision correction procedure, and has helped millions of people around the world see better every day. The procedure can be broken down in just a few easy steps. Numbing Drops: In Rogers, Dr. Cole administers numbing drops that take effect in seconds and last throughout the procedure. Flap: Next Dr. Cole will create a thin, hinged flap in your cornea. When the flap is created and then lifted, it is normal for your vision to dim and blur. Laser Reshaping: While monitoring and tracking your eyes with a computer, Dr. Cole uses an…

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03 Jun 18

LASEK Candidate

If you're tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may wonder whether laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASEK) surgery is right for you. LASEK eye surgery may dramatically improve your life and the way you see it. Your candidacy depends on a comprehensive vision exam by an experienced eye doctor to determine your personal visual needs and if LASEK is a good fit for you.  LASEK laser eye surgery can correct such eye problems as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.  After your eye evaluation in Rogers, Dr. Cole will discuss the different laser vision options and discover which would benefit…

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27 May 18

What Does Refractive Surgery Mean?

Refractive surgery is eye surgery that is performed to eliminate or reduce dependency on contact lenses or glasses, although some people still need prescription eye glasses or contacts after the procedure. It is used to improve the refractive state of the eye which improves natural vision. Refractive surgery can include a variety of methods of surgery that remodel or change the cornea.  Excimer lasers are used most commonly to reshape the curvature of the cornea.  Refractive surgery is a way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and some types of astigmatism.  The most widely performed type of refractive surgery is LASEK. Light…

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