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14 Oct 18

What Are the Three Types of Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye due to protein buildup in the body which leads to reduced vision and loss of sight if left untreated. There are three primary types of cataracts: nuclear sclerotic, cortical and posterior subcapsular. Nuclear Sclerotic Cataracts A nuclear cataract is the most common type of cataract, beginning with a gradual hardening and yellowing of the central zone of the lens also known as the nucleus. Over time, this hardening and yellowing will expand to the other layers of the lens. As this type of cataract progresses, it changes the eye's…

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07 Oct 18

What Causes Cataracts?

A cataract is a common condition in which a normally clear eye lens becomes cloudy, causing blurry vision similar to looking through a foggy window. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens, creating protein clumps. These clumps, or deposits, prevent light from passing clearly through the lens, thus disrupting normal vision. There are several reasons why a cataract may form, including: Aging – The eyes mainly consist of water and protein. As we grow older, some of the protein may form chunks and cloud a certain area of the eyes lens. This phenomenon is…

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30 Sep 18

Reasons to Have LASEK

If you are struggling with vision problems because of a refractive error, LASEK surgery may be the right tool to improve your eyesight. By correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, LASEK can truly change your life. Here are just a few reasons to have LASEK: To Offer Convenience – One of the most positive reasons to have LASEK is the convenience of life without glasses and contact lenses. Imagine waking up in the morning and being able to read the clock without first searching for glasses or putting contacts in. To Ease Discomfort – Glasses and contact lenses cause many people…

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23 Sep 18

The Basics of LASEK

LASEK is a type of eye surgery that uses a laser to reshape your inner cornea to improve your vision by enabling light to properly focus on the retina. It’s an alternative to traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses and is the most commonly performed eye surgery to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). To help you better understand this popular vision correction method, check out the basics of LASEK: LASEK is an Innovative Form of Eye Surgery – It uses a laser to reshape the cornea. LASEK Doesn’t Guarantee Perfect Vision – Most patients have somewhere between 20/20 and…

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16 Sep 18

Early Signs of Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens that normally occurs due to advancing age. A young, healthy lens is clear and flexible which allows it to focus images onto the retina. But starting around the age of 40, the lens begins to yellow and harden. Cataracts start small but gradually worsen. Their effects on a person’s vision become more noticeable and debilitating over time as they mature. Eventually, an untreated cataract can cause significant vision loss and even total blindness. Early signs of cataracts include the following: Blurry, dim or clouded vision (like looking out of a cloudy or…

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09 Sep 18

Side Effects of LASEK Eye Surgery

LASEK is a popular surgery used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. LASEK eye surgery works by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. LASEK, like any other surgery, has the potential for certain side effects. LASEK eye surgery is one of the safest, most effective and predictable types of surgery one can have today, however, patients should be aware of and fully understand potential side effects before making the decision to…

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02 Sep 18

Dry Eye and LASEK

Dry eyes are no fun: They itch, sting and tear up. They’re a possible side effect of LASEK eye surgery, but usually they clear up within the first year of recovery. It is important when considering LASEK that you understand the possibility of experiencing dry eyes after your procedure. If you suffer from dry eye prior to LASEK, proper preoperative treatment can be provided to you so that you will have the best possible LASEK results and experience. The eye requires that it be continuously covered by natural tears produced by the eye. Dry eye is a condition where not…

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26 Aug 18

Finding a LASEK Surgeon

If you are considering a vision correction procedure such as LASEK, one of the most important decisions you will make is the choice of a surgeon. But what should you look for when choosing a LASEK surgeon? Here are several qualifications to consider when choosing a LASEK surgeon for your vision correction needs: Board Certification: Is the surgeon certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology? Experience is vitally important and this form of certification suggests a certain higher level of expertise. Referrals: Perhaps your optometrist refers you to a LASEK surgeon, or a friend or family member has had a…

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19 Aug 18

Understanding LASEK Risks

While LASEK surgery is extremely safe and incredibly effective, as with any surgical procedure, there is still some risk involved. The truth is, LASEK risks are rare and typically mild when they do occur. When LASEK risks do occur, the majority of side effects either go away on their own or are easily fixed through a follow-up procedure. Potential LASEK surgery risks include: Eye Infections – Like all surgical procedures, LASEK carries a small risk of infection. However, eye infections following LASEK are rare. If the procedure is performed using sterile lasers throughout, the surgeon can avoid any physical contact…

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12 Aug 18

Eye Exam for LASEK

Before you can safely undergo LASEK vision correction surgery, your eyes need to be examined by a qualified LASEK professional. This exam helps your doctor determine whether or not LASEK surgery is the right vision correction procedure for you. During an eye exam for LASEK in Rogers, Dr. Cole will analyze the current state of the patient’s vision, check for irregularities in the eye and evaluate the patient’s candidacy for LASEK surgery using several tests, including: Corneal Topography Test – One of the first tests that are part of the LASEK eye exam is corneal topography which measures the shape…

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