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18 Feb 20
How Does LASEK Work On Astigmatism?

How Does LASEK Work on Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an extremely common condition. Thankfully, patients with this condition have several reliable treatment options, including LASEK laser vision correction. Here’s what you need to know about how LASEK surgery works to correct astigmatism. What is Astigmatism? Astigmatism is caused by an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea or lens of the eye. The cornea is the clear, round dome covering the eye's iris and pupil. The lens of the eye is a transparent structure behind the cornea. In eyes without astigmatism, the cornea is evenly rounded across all areas, helping to focus light rays sharply onto the…

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11 Feb 20
What Is The Difference Between LASEK And PRK?

What is the Difference Between LASEK and PRK?

LASEK and PRK have enabled millions of people to achieve excellent vision. If you are considering laser eye surgery, there are a number of options to consider. Two of the most well-known procedures are LASEK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Both procedures have their pros and cons, and your eye doctor can help you determine which type of surgery is best for you based on your specific situation. When it comes to comparing LASEK vs. PRK, the procedures have both similarities and differences. LASEK and PRK are both refractive eye surgeries that can be used to correct…

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04 Feb 20
Preparing For A LASEK Consultation

Preparing for a LASEK Consultation

In order to determine if you are a candidate for LASEK, you must first have a thorough, dilated eye exam with a qualified ophthalmologist. This exam is often referred to as a LASEK consultation. Here are a few things to consider when preparing for a LASIK consultation: Discontinue Contact Use: It is important for you to stay out of your contact lenses for at least 2 weeks prior to your consultation. Contact lens use can change the shape of your corneal surface, which can reduce the accuracy of the measurement of your refraction.  Know What to Expect: During the examination, several tests…

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25 Jan 20
Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

Can I Drive After Cataract Surgery?

Today, most cataract surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and the entire process usually takes no more than 2 hours from check-in to heading home! The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless.  Typically, cataract surgery is performed under local anesthesia and the recovery time is minor. Most patients are seeing clearly just one day after surgery, with little or no discomfort. Although you are not put to sleep with general anesthesia for the procedure, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home and will likely not be cleared to drive for at…

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18 Jan 20
What Are The First Signs Of Cataracts?

What are the First Signs of Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye 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, diminishing the patient’s vision.  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. The first signs of cataracts include the following: Blurry, dim, or clouded…

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11 Jan 20
Types Of Corrective Eye Surgery

Types of Corrective Eye Surgery

Corrective eye surgery, also called refractive and laser eye surgery, refers to any surgical procedure used to fix vision problems. Safe and effective, corrective eye surgery is a commonly performed method of vision correction to reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. If you would like to be less dependent on corrective lenses, BoozmanHof offers several corrective eye surgery options in Rogers including: Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), LASEK and Refractive Lens Implants. PRK, photorefractive keratectomy, is used to correct mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Like LASIK, a laser is used to reshape your cornea but…

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04 Jan 20
Can LASEK Treat Farsightedness?

Can LASEK Treat Farsightedness?

Hyperopia (farsightedness) is a common vision problem, affecting about one-fourth of the population. People with hyperopia can see distant objects well, but have difficulty focusing on objects that are up close.  What Causes Farsightedness? The eyeball of a farsighted person is shorter than normal. This causes light rays entering the eye to focus behind the retina rather than directly on it.  Many children are born farsighted and some of them outgrow it as the eyeball lengthens with normal growth. Farsighted people sometimes have headaches or eye strain and may squint or feel fatigued when performing work at close range. If…

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25 Dec 19
Should You Have LASEK After Age 40?

Should You Have LASEK After Age 40?

When a person’s near vision begins to diminish, sometime after age 40, many incorrectly assume that readers, bifocal/progressive glasses are the only options to see up close. Fortunately, this is far from the truth. Today, with the latest LASEK technology, there are several options for LASEK after 40. Everyone over 40 will eventually suffer from presbyopia - the inability to see close-up. As your body ages, the natural lens of the eye loses its flexibility. Since this is a natural condition of the lens of the eye and not the cornea, it affects everyone; from normal glasses and contact wearers, to…

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18 Dec 19
Can You Prevent Cataracts From Getting Worse?

Can You Prevent Cataracts from Getting Worse?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that occurs naturally with age. Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older and by age 80, more than half of all Americans will have cataracts. While there is no scientific proof that you can prevent cataracts from getting worse, there are certainly steps you can take to help reduce your risk factors. Tips to Prevent Cataracts from Getting Worse: Maintain Regular Vision Care – Even if your vision is clear and healthy, make it a priority to schedule yearly eye exams. Routine visits allow your doctor…

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11 Dec 19
Why Should I Have Cataract Surgery?

Why Should I Have Cataract Surgery?

Millions of Americans have cataract surgery each year, with an overall success rate of 98% or higher, and the positive impact on patient vision is obvious. Many patients who choose laser-assisted cataract surgery report improved vision before even leaving the recovery room. What you may not realize, however, is just how much cataract surgery can benefit you in all areas of life.  Improved Mood: Vision loss has been linked to depression because patients are no longer able to do the things they were used to doing. Some lose their independence because they are no longer able to see properly to…

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