BoozmanHof Blog

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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12 Dec 16

Cataract Causes

A cataract occurs when the lens inside your eye becomes cloudy. Things linked to clouding include: Aging (age-related cataracts) Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as from sunlight, tanning booths, or sunlamps Diabetes: especially when the blood sugar levels are above the safe range, diabetes causes changes in the eye that can result in cataracts Disease inside the eye such as glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment or long-term uveitis Long-term use of steroid medicines Frequent X-rays or radiation treatments to the head Family history (genetics) may cause the tendency to inherit and develop cataracts Vitrectomy: people who have had the…

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07 Dec 16

How Old Do You Have To Be To Have LASEK?

If you have considered vision correction surgery, you may have wondered how old you have to be to have LASEK. LASEK has been FDA approved for patients 18 or older. There is no ideal age to have the procedure, but it is important to have a stable prescription and, of course, healthy eyes. One benefit of having LASEK done when you are younger is that there are more years to enjoy the benefit of improved vision, the eyes tend to heal quicker and stabilize faster and there are fewer side effects such as dry eyes. There are also fewer problems…

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27 Nov 16

Does LASEK Hurt?

LASEK eye surgery is a very popular procedure in part because it is patient-friendly in many ways. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes, and the healing process begins immediately with little to no discomfort. Another perk is that it doesn’t take long to start seeing positive results, and getting back to most of your favorite activities. Although the results of LASEK surgery are very consistent, there are still questions to be answered. One of the most common questions is: does LASEK hurt? The short answer is no, for most people, it doesn’t. In order to explain…

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23 Nov 16

Cataract Surgery Recovery

Modern cataract surgery is very safe and effective. In fact, the overall success rate of cataract surgery is about 98%. Typically, the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and the cataract surgery recovery time is minor. Most patients see clearly the day after surgery, with little or no discomfort. To ensure the best possible outcome and to minimize your risk of complications after cataract surgery, it's important to carefully follow the instructions regarding what to do and what not to do after your cataract procedure. The checklist below will help you know what to expect and…

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13 Nov 16

LASEK Financing

With the average cost of LASEK being more than $2,000 per eye in the U.S. and the procedure not being covered by most insurance plans, you might feel that laser vision correction is beyond your financial means. Thankfully, there are a number of LASEK financing options available to make LASEK affordable for people who cannot pay the full price of the procedure up front. Monthly payments for LASEK surgery using a financing plan can be less than $200 per month. Paying for LASEK Through Finance Companies Today it's commonplace to arrange monthly payments for a variety of health-related procedures, including…

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06 Nov 16

LASEK Risks

Millions of Americans have had LASEK eye surgery to correct their vision since it was introduced in the United States several decades ago. Although LASEK has an excellent safety profile and a very high success rate, there are potential risks to consider. Sight-threatening complications such as significant loss of vision from LASEK surgery are extremely rare, and many side effects and laser eye surgery complications can be resolved with additional surgery or medical treatment. The first step is to determine if you are a good candidate for vision correction surgery. Dr. Cole in Rogers will perform a thorough diagnostic eye…

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