BoozmanHof Blog

31 Oct 16

Laser Vision Correction Options

Refractive laser surgery for vision correction has made tremendous advances over the last several decades. Today, many different options exist to help the majority of people who wear glasses or contact lenses reduce or eliminate their dependence on their corrective lenses. In almost all cases, refractive laser surgery is considered elective and cosmetic. Here are some facts about laser vision correction: Vision correction surgery can benefit people with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. Myopia occurs when near objects appear clear but distant objects are blurry. The eye is too long and/or the cornea is too steep for its focusing…

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23 Oct 16

Cataracts Types

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which can make it harder for you to see. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world. Cataracts develop when protein builds up in the lens of your eye, making it cloudy. This prevents light from passing clearly through the lens, causing some loss of vision. New lens cells form on the outside of the lens and the older cells are compacted into the center of the lens, forming the cataract. Types of cataracts…

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21 Oct 16

Should I Have LASEK?

Any elective surgery is an important and often difficult decision. LASEK eye surgery is considered safe and effective by medical standards, but does that mean that it is right for you? Convenience vs. Risk LASEK and other refractive surgery procedures may offer the convenience of a reduced need for corrective lenses, but to achieve that convenience you will be required to accept some risk. You have absolutely no guarantee that you will get the exact result you want; however, a comprehensive examination from a competent eye care physician can help determine if you have an elevated risk for a poor…

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09 Oct 16

LASEK Consultation

The first step in having LASEK in Rogers is scheduling a consultation, during which Dr. Hof will evaluate your candidacy for laser eye surgery. After a thorough discussion and a non-invasive eye exam, Dr. Hof will be able to determine if LASEK is right for you. Your doctor can then recommend the best approach for the procedure based on your eye exam results. Preparing for your LASEK consultation: Dr. Hof will likely recommend that you stop wearing contact lenses in the days or weeks prior to your consultation. Contact lenses distort the shape of the cornea, and Dr. Hof will want your cornea to have…

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05 Oct 16

LASEK Candidate

LASEK eye surgery can be very successful when performed on the right patient. LASEK can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism, but LASEK is not right for everyone. While the goal of LASEK surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses, having LASEK cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. Fortunately, most cases are successful in improving visual acuity. To be eligible for LASEK surgery, potential candidates must meet the following criteria: Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years old. General health: LASEK candidates must be in good general health, and should not have certain…

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01 Sep 15

How Old Do You Have To Be To Have LASEK?

Growing eyes are changing eyes.  LASEK, commonly referred to as laser vision correction, is a procedure meant for those who have a stable prescription.  A patient's eye prescription should be stable for at least one year prior to surgery. Until you’ve stopped growing and changing, you aren’t a good candidate for LASEK. In fact, the FDA has approved LASEK only for age 18 and over.  Some eye surgery centers prefer to operate only on patients 21 and over, to ensure stability.  Appropriate education is given to the patient prior to the procedure. For more information on LASEK, please contact the…

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01 Sep 15

5 Tips on Choosing a LASEK Surgeon

If you’re looking for a LASEK surgeon, the staff at BoozmanHof in Arkansas recommends that you take the time to consider these five factors before making a decision. Recommendations.  Did your friends, family or co-workers recommend him or her?  If not, see if you can find a surgeon recommended by someone you trust or check online sources for strong, authentic reviews. Professional qualifications. Check the qualifications of your surgeon.  How many procedures has he or she performed?  What is the success rate?  How often is a correction needed? Friendliness.  This goes for the staff as well as the surgeon.  If…

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