BoozmanHof Blog

04 Feb 18

LASEK Consultation and Exam

A LASEK consultation and exam at BoozmanHof includes several steps to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LASEK surgery. This appointment will last approximately 2-3 hours during which time you will have your vision, eyes and overall health thoroughly evaluated. You might wonder why the LASEK consultation and evaluation is so long. During the visit in Rogers, Dr. Cole is creating a thorough assessment including highly detailed measurements of your entire eye and its capabilities. This information determines three very important things: The overall health of your eyes. If LASEK is recommended (or not recommended) for your eyes,…

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28 Jan 18

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. As this normally clear lens gets cloudy, it decreases your ability to see well. A cataract can make objects appear blurry. It can also make colors seem less bright. Your eye’s natural lens is located directly behind the pupil and is made up of mostly water and protein. As you get older, the protein parts of the lens can begin to clump together. These clumps start small but grow larger over time. The bigger they get, the more they can compromise your vision. Cataracts are a common condition, especially for…

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21 Jan 18

Is LASEK Safe?

People who struggle with vision issues often wonder if a laser vision correction procedure such as LASEK might be a better option for them than glasses or contact lenses. For those who take the next step to consider LASEK eye surgery, frequently the first question that comes to mind is: Is LASEK safe? By every scientific and clinical standard, LASEK is among the safest elective procedures available today. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any risks and it isn’t necessarily right for every person. A few basic facts that many patients find comforting include: LASEK has been around for nearly…

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16 Jan 18

Types of Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that impairs vision. There are four types of cataracts: Nuclear Sclerotic, Cortical, Posterior Subcapsular and Congenital. The types of cataracts are classified based on where and how they develop in the eye. Nuclear Sclerotic Cataract: A nuclear sclerotic cataract refers to the hardening of the nucleus, the center, of the lens of the eye. In the early stages of this condition, the lens becomes cloudy and yellow before eventually hardening (sclerosis is the medical term for hardening). As this type of cataract progresses, it changes the eye's ability to…

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09 Jan 18

LASEK for Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a normal and expected consequence of the aging process. Presbyopia occurs when the natural lens inside the eye gradually loses its flexibility. The crystalline lens within your eyes is composed of proteins. When you are young, these proteins are soft and flexible. As you begin to approach your 40s, presbyopia occurs as the protein composition of the crystalline lens changes, making it harder and less flexible. When the crystalline lens loses its ability to flex, it is no longer able to change its shape and effectively bend light rays as sharply so the ability to focus on near…

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02 Jan 18

Cortical Cataract

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. As you age, proteins in your lens begin to break down and the lens becomes cloudy. You may not even realize you have a cataract because it usually grows very slowly and may not impede vision early on. While cataracts are rarely dangerous, after many years they will likely affect vision. By age 65, over 90% of people have a cataract and half of the people between the ages of 75 and 85 have lost some vision due to a cataract. There are several types of cataracts. Each type…

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24 Dec 17

When is the Best Time to have LASEK?

For many glasses or contact lens wearers, there comes a time when they say enough is enough and decide to have LASEK. So, when is the best time to have LASEK? When your eyes and prescription are stable: Teenagers and many young adults often experience changes in their contact lens prescription and eyeglass prescription from year to year. It's important for refractive errors to be stable for at least 12 months before undergoing LASEK or other refractive surgery. When you want to improve your quality of life: There is no better time to have LASEK than now. The sooner you…

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17 Dec 17

When LASEK May Have to Wait

If you have made the decision to undergo LASEK laser vision correction surgery, you may be anxious to schedule your procedure as soon as possible. Millions of patients have benefited from LASEK, but there are times when LASEK may have to wait. During Pregnancy - Due to hormone fluctuations that occur during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, a woman’s vision prescription may change. It is believed that the hormone changes cause a swelling of the lens which can alter the patient’s degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The hormone changes that occur start in the preliminary stages of pregnancy and continue…

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10 Dec 17

Using Flex Plans for LASEK

Are you ready to trade glasses or contact lenses for the freedom of LASEK vision correction but not sure about your options for paying for it? If your employer offers a Flex Plan or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), consider using it for LASEK surgery. Flex Plan Specifics A Flex Plan allows employees to set aside a portion of their earnings to pay for qualified expenses, most commonly for medical or related expenses. Money deducted from an employee's pay into an FSA is not subject to payroll taxes. With an FSA, you can put part of your pre-tax earnings into…

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03 Dec 17

Benefits of LASEK

LASEK surgery offers a wealth of benefits for the average eyeglass wearer. If you’ve been wearing eyeglasses for a long time, consider a few of the benefits of LASEK listed below. Improved Vision: The primary LASEK benefit is that 95%of patients who undergo the procedure achieve 20/40 vision, the vast majority of those achieving 20/20 vision or better. Although each patient is different, the statistics show that a significant number of those who undergo LASEK surgery significantly improve their vision. Long-lasting Results: Following a stabilization period of about 3 months for the eye to adjust, LASEK results are expected to…

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