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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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20 May 18

LASEK Surgery Recovery Time

The vast majority of patients see very well after LASEK surgery and are happy with their vision. LASEK recovery is often minimal and very little time passes between surgery and when patients achieve very clear vision. In Rogers, Dr. Cole is dedicated to helping all patients achieve optimal vision and LASEK can be a great option for many. Immediately After LASEK You will see noticeably better without glasses immediately following your LASEK procedure. But while your eyes are healing, it is normal for your vision to fluctuate and be less than perfect during your LASEK recovery. The post-LASEK healing process…

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13 May 18

What Can LASEK Correct?

LASEK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. In Rogers, Dr. Cole creates a thin flap in the cornea, folds back the flap, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. Astigmatism  Astigmatism is the inability to focus clearly at any distance due to an irregular or misshapen cornea. With astigmatism the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball and…

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06 May 18

LASEK Flap Complications

Despite its excellent record of success and safety, LASEK eye surgery, like all surgical procedures, has some associated risks. Most LASEK side effects are mild and temporary. While serious complications, such as those associated with the LASEK flap, are extremely rare, it’s important that patients be fully aware of all possible risks, no matter how remote, before deciding to undergo the procedure. What Causes LASEK Flap Complications to Occur? The creation of a flap in the outermost layer of the cornea is what distinguishes LASEK from other forms of laser refractive surgery such as PRK and LASEK. This means that…

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29 Apr 18

Common Vision Problems that LASEK Treats

Your eye shape and cornea are keys to better vision. When light enters the eye it is bent, refracted, by a clear tissue on the front of the eye called the cornea. The cornea, in effect, acts like a lens to focus incoming light onto the retina on the back of the eye. If you wear glasses or contacts, these bend the light as needed to adjust for your eye prescription. LASEK vision correction surgery in Rogers can reduce and/or eliminate your dependence on glasses and contact lenses if you suffer from the following common vision problems: Myopia Myopia, called…

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22 Apr 18

What is the Day of LASEK Surgery Like? – Part Two

Upon arrival at our office, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops and an eyelid holder will be positioned to keep your eyelids open during surgery. You will remain awake and comfortable throughout the procedure. A laser is used to gently create a corneal flap. Dr. Cole then folds this flap back to prepare the eye for the treatment. Based on preliminary measurements taken by Dr. Cole during the pre–operative examination, a sophisticated computer program controls the amount of laser pulses needed to reshape the cornea. This portion of the procedure only lasts a few minutes. Following the…

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15 Apr 18

What is the Day of LASEK Surgery Like? – Part One

Many patients wonder what will happen on the day of their LASEK surgery. It’s natural to feel a bit anxious or nervous about having a procedure like LASEK and knowing what to expect can help ease a patient’s emotions. Here is an overview of what happens on the day you have LASEK, including details about preparing for your procedure, as well as recovering from it: Prior to Your Surgery While preparation for LASEK surgery is significantly less intensive compared to other surgical procedures, there are a few things you’ll need to do to ensure that all goes well. Here’s a…

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08 Apr 18

Your Tax Refund and LASEK

Are you daydreaming of a more carefree lifestyle? Do you want to be spontaneous? Do you wish you could wake each day with clear vision? Have you considered having LASEK eye surgery to give you the freedom you want and more? There are many reasons why people use their tax return to have LASEK surgery in Rogers. Advantages of LASEK include: Clearer vision Improved self-esteem Less eye strain More freedom Comfort The chance to do what you want when you want No more broken glasses, lost contacts and cleaning solutions The ability to work and live as actively as you…

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01 Apr 18

What Are the Risks of LASEK?

Most LASEK patients are highly satisfied with the results of their refractive surgery. However, like any other medical procedure, there are certain risks to be considered. Before undergoing a refractive procedure like LASEK, you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits. Potential LASEK risks include: Loss of Visual Acuity: Visual acuity is the sharpness of your vision. Vision that is at least 20/20 is considered ideal visual acuity. But LASEK surgery does not guarantee perfectly sharp visual acuity – like some of the ads promise – and you might not be able to completely ditch your glasses and contacts after…

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25 Mar 18

How to Choose a LASEK Surgeon

Choosing a LASEK surgeon is one of the most important decisions to make once you have decided to have LASEK surgery. But how do you know who the best person is for such a task? When choosing a LASEK surgeon, consider the following key factors: Surgeon’s experience and qualifications Technology Patient reviews Number of surgeries performed Credentials – One should make sure that their LASEK surgeon is board certified, meaning that an entity recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties has certified the surgeon to practice their specialty. Also, make sure that the surgeon is licensed in the state…

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