BoozmanHof Blog

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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26 Nov 17

Cataracts After LASEK

Cataracts will eventually develop in most people, including those who have had LASEK. Patients with signs of cataracts before LASEK should consider not having LASEK because vision may be better corrected with the intraocular lens used for cataract surgery. How are Cataracts Developed? Cataracts are a natural clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye. Since the eye works much like a camera, a cataract, much like a clouded lens, causes blurring or dimming of vision. The development of cataracts in the eye is a very common occurrence in patients who are 60+ years of age. Most often cataracts are…

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19 Nov 17

What Does LASEK Treat?

LASEK is a popular and advanced treatment for improving vision. LASEK is used to treat refractive errors of the eye. In most cases, these errors happen because the shape of the eye isn’t quite right and, as a result, light doesn’t focus on the retina the way it should. In some cases, refractive errors are corrected with eyeglasses or contacts, but LASEK provides a long-term solution that often results in clearer vision. Common refractive errors include: Hyperopia: Hyperopia is commonly referred to as farsightedness. People with this condition may have trouble clearly focusing on nearby objects while they can see…

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12 Nov 17

LASEK Candidacy

For the right candidate, LASEK can be an incredibly effective way to address refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. However, if you are not a good candidate, LASEK risks are much higher when you undergo this procedure. To be considered a good candidate for LASEK eye surgery in Rogers, you should meet the following requirements: LASEK eye surgery candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Your vision and prescription should be stable (not worsened) for at least one year. Your eyes should have a healthy retina, eye pressure and the cornea must have sufficient thickness. Your…

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05 Nov 17

LASEK Recovery Time

Full LASEK recovery takes between three and six months, but most people say they see a difference in as little as 24-hours after surgery. Your individual recovery time will be different because no two people heal exactly the same way. In general, patients can expect the following during their LASEK recovery time: Day One Following LASEK: Shortly after your LASEK eye surgery, you will be directed to go home and rest. You must refrain from using your eyes as much as possible during the first 24-hours after your procedure. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for…

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