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11 Sep 21
Do Ophthalmologists Perform Cataract Surgery?

Do Ophthalmologists Perform Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are a cloudiness that forms in the normally clear lens of the eye, leading to decreased vision. Although cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40, cataract surgery options offer an easy solution to clear vision for the millions that suffer from the condition. Cataract surgery can only be performed by a specific type of eye doctor, an ophthalmologist.  When it comes to eye care, ophthalmologists are the most trained and skilled professionals in the field. An ophthalmologist is a physician, either a doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO),…

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04 Sep 21
Benefits Of LASEK

Benefits of LASEK

LASEK surgery offers a wealth of benefits for the average eyeglass wearer. If you’ve been wearing eyeglasses for a long time, consider a few of the benefits of LASEK listed below.  Improved Vision: The primary LASEK benefit is that 95% of patients who undergo the procedure achieve 20/40 vision, the vast majority of those achieving 20/20 vision or better.  Although each patient is different, the statistics show that a significant number of those who undergo LASEK surgery significantly improve their vision.  Long-lasting Results: Following a stabilization period of about 3 months for the eye to adjust, LASEK results are expected…

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25 Aug 21
Artificial Sweeteners & Your Vision

Artificial Sweeteners & Your Vision

If you’re trying to watch your weight by using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar, you may see an effect on your vision (which can be especially troublesome if you’ve already invested in better vision through BoozmanHof).  Certain artificial sweeteners, such as cyclamates, may make your eyes more sensitive to light (according to WebMD).  Blurred vision, eye pain and in extreme cases blindness can be a side-effect of sweeteners like aspartame.  Every person’s ability to handle artificial sweeteners is completely different. For some people, incorporating small amounts of these sugar substitutes will help in weight loss. However, others may be more…

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18 Aug 21
What Is The Main Cause Of A Cataract?

What is the Main Cause of a Cataract?

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, protein deposits, prevent light from passing clearly through the lens, thus disrupting normal vision.  Cataract are primarily caused by 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 called a cataract. It may grow…

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11 Aug 21
Recovering From Cataract Surgery

Recovering from Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure completed in less than one hour. Cataract surgery has a high success rate in improving your eyesight and should allow you to return to your normal activities, like driving, following a few weeks of recovery.  Your cataract surgery recovery begins immediately following your procedure. A light shield will be placed over your eye immediately after surgery to keep you from accidentally rubbing it. Most patients are able to go home within a few hours of the procedure. You will be required to have a friend or family member drive you home following surgery.  During…

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04 Aug 21
Are You Put To Sleep During Cataract Surgery?

Are You Put to Sleep During Cataract Surgery?

If the lens inside your eye has become cloudy, you may want to consider cataract surgery. During cataract surgery in Rogers, our doctors remove 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.  The procedure itself usually lasts less than 15 minutes and is virtually painless.  Cataract surgery is one of the most common medical procedures performed. The operation has been around for many years and…

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25 Jul 21
Can LASEK Wear Off?

Can LASEK Wear Off?

In general, LASEK eye surgery is considered to be a permanent way to correct vision. Given that the procedure takes roughly 30 minutes total to complete, this is pretty impressive. Over the last several decades, LASEK results have proven to be very stable. After the initial healing period of 3 to 6 months, your distance visual acuity should remain the same for the rest of your life (provided, of course, that you don't develop cataracts or some other age-related eye disease). Rarely, a small percentage of patients will experience regression - a return of some nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. If…

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18 Jul 21
Will Insurance Pay For My LASEK Surgery?

Will Insurance Pay for My LASEK Surgery?

Many health insurance companies consider LASEK an elective procedure. Elective procedures are typically procedures that are optional, nice to have done, but not medically necessary.   While LASEK is often considered an elective procedure, there are times when it may be medically necessary. These include:  Surgery to correct vision problems caused by an injury. LASEK for patients that can’t wear glasses or contacts.  LASEK to correct vision problems caused by surgery.  LASEK to correct very severe vision problems (the definition of very severe varies from insurance company to insurance company).  It's important to talk with your doctor to determine if…

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11 Jul 21
What Happens If I Sneeze During LASEK?

What Happens if I Sneeze During LASEK?

During LASEK surgery a special laser is used to correct poor vision by reshaping the cornea of the eye. Patients are often concerned about what will happen if they move, blink or sneeze during LASEK. However, there is no need to worry if you accidentally blink or move your eyes during the surgery. Thanks to advanced LASEK technologies in Rogers, your eyes will remain comfortably steady as our doctors provide the vision correction results you need to see as clearly as possible.  Before the procedure begins, you will be given anesthetic eye drops that numb the eyes. This will help…

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04 Jul 21
What Do I Need To Know Before My LASEK Consultation?

What Do I Need to Know Before My 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 know before your LASEK 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 will…

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