BoozmanHof Blog

26 Jun 17

LASIK and LASEK

Today there are several refractive surgery options to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. LASIK and LASEK are popular forms of refractive laser eye surgery. Although these procedures are similar and have the same goal of correcting refractive errors to achieve clear vision, they do have some differences and are suited for certain patients depending on individual factors. LASIK remains the most popular laser eye surgery, but for people who are not suitable LASIK candidates for various reasons, LASEK may be a better option. Like other types of laser refractive surgery, LASEK works by reshaping the cornea using an…

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19 Jun 17

How Long Does LASEK Last?

In general, LASEK eye surgery is considered to be a permanent way to correct vision. Given that the procedure takes roughly 30 minutes total to complete, this is pretty impressive. Over the last several decades, LASEK results have proven to be very stable. After the initial healing period of 3 to 6 months, your distance visual acuity should remain the same for the rest of your life (provided, of course, that you don't develop cataracts or some other age-related eye disease). Rarely, a small percentage of patients will experience regression - a return of some nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. If…

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13 Jun 17

Types of Cataract Surgery

If the lens inside your eye has become cloudy, you may want to consider cataract surgery. During cataract surgery in Rogers, Dr. Cole removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens: IOL) to restore clear vision. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or other care facility. There are three types of cataract surgery, the most common form today is a process called phacoemulsification. Phacoemulsification: With the use of an operating microscope, your surgeon will make a very small incision in the…

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05 Jun 17

LASEK Healing – Part Two

Avoid Any Facial Applications: Avoid applying any facial applications, especially around your eyes. Creams, lotions and makeup should be avoided to prevent infection. Eye liner, eye shadow and mascara are especially dangerous because small particles from the makeup can enter or irritate your eye. Protect Your Eyes from the Sun: You'll find that your eyes are incredibly sensitive to bright light, especially sunlight, post-surgery. You may want to consider wearing your sunglasses indoors if the indoor lighting is bothering you as well. Wearing dark sunglasses to protect you from the sun or bright light is important for helping your cornea…

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28 May 17

LASEK Healing – Part One

One of the many benefits of LASEK eye surgery in Rogers is a fast healing and recovery time. Below are several tips that can speed up LASEK healing and help you to avoid any complications after surgery: Give Yourself Time to Heal: After your LASEK surgery, give you and your eyes time to rest before you go about your daily activities normally. Ease your way back into the flow of things, and make sure you take a couple of days off work to allow for adequate healing. Consider Taking Baths Instead of Showers: A bath may enable you to protect…

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21 May 17

LASEK Average Cost

The cost of LASEK eye surgery varies drastically across the country. Several factors influence the LASEK cost, but the average price most people pay is about $2,000 per eye. The price you'll pay for your LASEK depends on several factors, including: The type of laser technology you choose The type of surgical instrument used to create the corneal flap If your pre-op exam and follow-up visits are covered in the fee If your post-op medications are included in the fee If retreatments (if necessary) are covered in the fee The skill, reputation and experience of your refractive surgeon The community…

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16 May 17

LASEK vs Contacts

For some people, making the decision to have LASEK is not as straightforward as it is for others. Misunderstandings about the safety and cost of laser eye surgery can sometimes cause patients to hesitate to move forward. It’s important to understand the record of LASEK vs contact lenses, over both the short and long term. LASEK vs Contacts Safety A lot of the misperception about LASEK safety comes from the very earliest days of laser eye surgery, when the technology and procedure itself was new. It was hard for people to accept that something so radical could be safe. Time…

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07 May 17

LASEK in One Eye Only

In the early days of LASEK surgery, the procedure was performed on one eye at a time. Today, most patients have treatment on both eyes during one safe and easy procedure. Although today it is common practice to treat both eyes together, some patients opt to only have LASEK in one eye for various reasons. LASEK works to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. If you have normal vision in one eye and blurry vision in the other, LASEK treatment would only be performed on the one eye that needs correction. If both your eyes require correction…

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30 Apr 17

Preparing for LASEK

Even though LASEK is a relatively safe procedure, it is normal to experience uneasiness or nervousness prior to surgery. If you are scheduled for LASEK eye surgery in Rogers, properly preparing for LASEK will help you feel more at ease and increase your chances of a positive outcome. Here are some tips to help you prepare for LASEK: On the day before surgery, stop using makeup, lotions, perfumes or creams. These substances may cause debris to get into your eyes. Arrange for transportation. You'll need to have someone drive you to and from your place of surgery. It may take…

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23 Apr 17

Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a normal result of the aging process. The crystalline lens within your eyes is composed of proteins. These proteins are soft and flexible when you are younger. As you approach middle age, 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, and the ability to focus on near objects is diminished. Symptoms of presbyopia typically begin between age forty and fifty and progressively worsen through…

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