BoozmanHof Blog

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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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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