BoozmanHof Blog

20 Feb 17

Is LASEK Covered by Insurance?

Many health insurance companies consider LASEK an elective procedure. Elective procedures are typically procedures that are optional, nice to have done, but not medically necessary. While LASEK is often considered an elective procedure, there are times when it may be medically necessary. These include: Surgery to correct vision problems caused by an injury. LASEK for patients that can’t wear glasses or contacts. LASEK to correct vision problems caused by surgery. LASEK to correct very severe vision problems (the definition of very severe varies from insurance company to insurance company). It's important to talk with your doctor to determine if your…

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15 Feb 17

Cataracts Under 40

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. As a lens becomes cloudy, vision is impaired. Although most cataracts develop from the natural aging process, cataracts can affect younger people, including those under the age of 40. Even children and young people can develop cataracts. Several factors can cause or contribute to cataracts in people under 40: Disease: Diabetes is a known risk factor for early cataracts. There are many other metabolic conditions that can cause cataracts. Medications: Steroids among other drugs can cause early cataracts. Environment: Excessive UV exposure can lead to cataracts. Trauma: Trauma…

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08 Feb 17

LASEK Aftercare Instructions

LASEK eye surgery provides many people with the option to get rid of their contact lenses and glasses and improve their quality of life with better vision. When considering LASEK, it is important to understand what to expect with recovery. Below are some LASEK aftercare instructions to help you have the best possible outcome. Take all of your prescribed medications as instructed. Wear proper eye protection. This can protect your freshly operated eyes from scraping or bumping. Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. Avoid rubbing your eyes. Keep yourself away from exhausting physical activities, especially those which might…

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01 Feb 17

LASEK Pros and Cons

LASEK is a refractive surgery that uses a laser on one or both eyes to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASEK corrects your vision by reshaping your cornea to improve how your eye focuses. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to consider the potential benefits and risks. Carefully weigh the LASEK pros and cons listed below. LASEK Pros No more glasses or contacts. The idea of no longer needing to wear glasses or contacts may seem too good to be true. Although some LASEK patients will still need glasses for reading or up-close tasks, most patients can say goodbye…

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23 Jan 17

Choosing a LASEK Surgeon

With so many LASEK surgeons in the Rogers area, it can be difficult to know how to choose the right one for you and your needs. Choosing a LASEK surgeon can be difficult. Choosing the right LASEK surgeon can make a significant difference in the ultimate quality of your vision. If you are considering LASEK surgery, consider the following: Experience: Experience is the key to a safe and successful LASEK surgery. Don’t feel shy about asking your potential surgeon how many times they’ve performed LASEK. Board Certification: When a doctor is board certified, it means they have completed extensive relevant…

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17 Jan 17

Is Cataract Surgery Safe?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens that can make it hard for you to see. The condition is most common in older people, but anyone can have one. As cataracts grow, they can cause symptoms that interfere with daily activities. Cataracts can cause dim, blurred, yellow or double vision. This can make it hard to read, work on a computer and anything else that calls for clear eyesight. You may also experience poor night vision and find it harder to drive when it’s dark. People with advanced cataracts can even fail the vision part of a driver’s…

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08 Jan 17

Laser Eye Surgery: Procedure Time

LASEK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery used to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. Like other types of refractive surgery such as PRK and LASIK, the LASEK procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision. In most cases, laser eye surgery is pain free and completed within 30 minutes for both eyes. The results, improved vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses, can usually be seen in as little as 24 hours. In the 30-minute LASEK laser eye surgery procedure time, the following steps are…

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03 Jan 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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27 Dec 16

Questions to Ask a LASEK Surgeon

If you are considering LASEK, it is important to discuss the benefits and risks that could result from correcting vision with surgery rather than eyeglasses or contact lenses. Each LASEK candidate has a unique set of general and eye health circumstances and lifestyle goals that need to be carefully assessed with their surgeon before electing to go ahead with the surgery. Although LASEK benefits many people, for others it may not be the best choice. Choosing to undergo LASEK surgery is an important, potentially life-changing decision. Prior to your LASEK surgery, you will get the chance to ask your surgeon…

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19 Dec 16

Can LASEK Fix Astigmatism?

In a perfect world, all eyes would have a nice spherical shape and be perfect optical lenses. In the real world, the eye is usually not perfectly shaped and visual clarity is compromised. When astigmatism is present, the eye has a shape like a football set on one end. This asymmetrical shape of the eye causes the light rays traveling through it to scatter and not be clear. Astigmatism is a very common vision problem. Despite its big, somewhat scary-sounding name, astigmatism is simply a refractive error like nearsightedness and farsightedness and it can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses…

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