BoozmanHof Blog

29 Oct 17

What to Expect from LASEK

LASEK refractive surgery has helped millions of people around the world achieve better vision. If you are considering laser vision correction, it can be helpful to know what to expect from LASEK before scheduling your procedure. Before LASEK in Rogers, patients visit BoozmanHof to get their eyes thoroughly examined, talk about what procedures they are a candidate for, and then go over their options at length. This comprehensive evaluation is a critical, mandatory step in preparing for LASEK. During your evaluation, you will receive the latest in diagnostic testing to identify the laser platform and procedure best suited to deliver…

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22 Oct 17

Investing in LASEK

LASEK is an investment in your vision. Based on patient experience, it’s also an experience that adds valued benefits and satisfaction to a person’s life. Having LASEK eye surgery is a great solution for many people that have nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism than other visual aids. Using a prescription product in close contact with the eye is a perfectly acceptable solution, but LASEK surgery offers many benefits compared to contacts and eyeglasses. LASEK surgery benefits you may experience include: No worry of infection from prolonged contact lens use Fewer infections in general No lens cleaning solution fees No contact refills…

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15 Oct 17

How to Research LASEK Surgeons

If you are interested in having a vision correction procedure such as LASEK, it’s important to do your homework and properly research potential LASEK surgeons. When researching LASEK surgeons, consider the following: Experience and Versatility. It’s important to select the most experienced LASEK surgeon you can find, who uses the most up-to-date, advanced technology. Consider the surgeon's versatility and competency in a variety of refractive procedures. LASEK isn't the only game in town, and it isn't the best procedure for every person. Choose a surgeon who is comfortable and experienced with several procedures — such as LASIK, PRK, LASEK and…

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08 Oct 17

Eye Surgery Types

From LASIK to PRK, there are several types of eye surgery available today to correct less than perfect vision. While each one has the same goal of improved eyesight, every eye surgery procedure is unique. To help you understand which type of eye surgery is right for you, here’s an overview of some of the most popular types of eye surgery offered at BoozmanHof in Rogers. Standard LASIK LASIK, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is an FDA-approved refractive eye surgery that corrects nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism by permanently changing the shape of the cornea. LASIK surgery is one of the…

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01 Oct 17

LASIK Alternatives

Most patients who are over the age of 21 and in good health with no other eye conditions or diseases are generally considered good candidates for LASIK. LASIK is approved by the FDA to treat a broad range of vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. However, some people may not be good candidates for LASIK because of their unique visual imperfections or because of the results of a comprehensive eye examination. For those who do not qualify for LASIK, there are several LASIK alternatives available: PRK - Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) uses an excimer laser just like LASIK and provides…

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24 Sep 17

LASEK Complications

LASEK eye surgery is one of the safest procedures of its kind, with an excellent success rate. Like any medical procedure, refractive surgery carries some risk. Major complications after LASEK are extremely rare, occurring in less than 1% of all patients. Most side effects are minor and can be easily resolved. After LASEK, you may experience the following minor side effects and complications: Dry Eyes – Your tear production may be limited while your eyes are healing, causing dry eye syndrome. Up to half of all LASEK patients will experience some degree of dry eye syndrome temporarily after LASEK. Under…

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17 Sep 17

How is Laser Eye Surgery Performed?

LASEK laser eye surgery is a vision correction procedure that aims at permanently altering the focusing power of the eye by reshaping the cornea with a precise excimer laser. Laser eye surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure while the patient is awake. Usually both eyes are operated on at the same time, but if you prefer, it can be done one eye at a time. LASEK is performed in the following steps: Eye Preparation – A few minutes prior to your LASEK procedure in Rogers, anesthetic eye drops will be placed in the eye to be treated. A special solution is…

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10 Sep 17

Is LASEK Right for You?

LASEK has successfully improved the vision of millions of people, but it isn’t for everyone. Before you sign up for LASEK surgery, here are a few things to help you determine if LASEK is right for you: LASEK is surgery to a very delicate part of your eye, and cannot be reversed. You must be at least 18 years old to receive LASEK. LASEK is not for those who are pregnant or nursing. You shouldn’t be taking certain prescription drugs, like Accutane or oral prednisone. Your eyes must be healthy and your prescription stable. Your general health should be good.…

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05 Sep 17

Understanding Refractive Errors

To see clearly, the cornea and the lens of the eye must bend (refract) light rays so they focus on the retina. The retina, a layer of light-sensing cells that line the back of the eye, converts the light rays into impulses that are sent to the brain where they are recognized as images. If the light rays don’t focus on the retina, the image you see will be blurry. This is called a refractive error. Glasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery such as LASEK try to reduce these errors by making light rays focus on the retina. Any part…

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28 Aug 17

Preparing for LASEK Surgery

LASEK surgery requires considerable preparation. Prior to LASEK in Rogers, you’ll need a complete eye examination by your refractive surgeon including the following tests and evaluation: Dr. Cole will dilate your pupils to fine-tune your prescription. Examination of your eyes to make sure they’re healthy, including testing for glaucoma,  a retinal exam and assessing for dry eye. Measurement of the curvature of your cornea and your pupils. Evaluation of the topography of your eyes to make sure you don’t have an irregular astigmatism or a cone-shaped cornea — a condition called keratoconus. Measurement of the thickness of your cornea. You…

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