BoozmanHof Blog

01 Jul 18

LASEK for Nearsightedness

To see clearly, the cornea and the lens must bend, (refract) light rays so they focus on the retina. The retina is a layer of light-sensing cells that line the back of the eye. These cells convert the light rays into impulses that are sent to the brain where they are recognized as images. If the light rays don’t focus properly on the retina, the image you see is 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. Refractive errors…

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24 Jun 18

Is LASEK Surgery Safe?

Although LASEK eye surgery results have continued to improve since the early days of the procedure, some potential LASEK candidates still wonder if LASEK surgery is safe. LASEK eye surgery is one of the most popular elective procedures performed today, and it offers many benefits that can improve your overall quality of life. Due to the latest technology and the skills of experienced LASEK surgeons such as Dr. Cole, millions of Americans are less dependent on their contact lenses and glasses. The surgery has an excellent safety record, but as with any surgery post-operative complications can occur. A very small…

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17 Jun 18

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is an umbrella term for several eye surgeries used to correct refractive errors. The most common types of laser eye surgery include LASIK, PRK, LASEK and EpiLASIK. Each of the four laser eye surgery procedures below use the same special laser, called an excimer laser, to reshape the cornea. This is what corrects vision. But laser eye surgery can vary in the specifics of the procedure, the recovery time, which surgical instruments are used and your patient candidacy. You might be a better candidate for PRK, for instance, than for LASIK. The Right Laser Eye Surgery In…

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10 Jun 18

How Does LASEK Work?

LASEK surgery is the most common laser vision correction procedure, and has helped millions of people around the world see better every day. The procedure can be broken down in just a few easy steps. Numbing Drops: In Rogers, Dr. Cole administers numbing drops that take effect in seconds and last throughout the procedure. Flap: Next Dr. Cole will create a thin, hinged flap in your cornea. When the flap is created and then lifted, it is normal for your vision to dim and blur. Laser Reshaping: While monitoring and tracking your eyes with a computer, Dr. Cole uses an…

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03 Jun 18

LASEK Candidate

If you're tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may wonder whether laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASEK) surgery is right for you. LASEK eye surgery may dramatically improve your life and the way you see it. Your candidacy depends on a comprehensive vision exam by an experienced eye doctor to determine your personal visual needs and if LASEK is a good fit for you.  LASEK laser eye surgery can correct such eye problems as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.  After your eye evaluation in Rogers, Dr. Cole will discuss the different laser vision options and discover which would benefit…

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27 May 18

What Does Refractive Surgery Mean?

Refractive surgery is eye surgery that is performed to eliminate or reduce dependency on contact lenses or glasses, although some people still need prescription eye glasses or contacts after the procedure. It is used to improve the refractive state of the eye which improves natural vision. Refractive surgery can include a variety of methods of surgery that remodel or change the cornea.  Excimer lasers are used most commonly to reshape the curvature of the cornea.  Refractive surgery is a way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and some types of astigmatism.  The most widely performed type of refractive surgery is LASEK. Light…

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20 May 18

LASEK Surgery Recovery Time

The vast majority of patients see very well after LASEK surgery and are happy with their vision. LASEK recovery is often minimal and very little time passes between surgery and when patients achieve very clear vision. In Rogers, Dr. Cole is dedicated to helping all patients achieve optimal vision and LASEK can be a great option for many. Immediately After LASEK You will see noticeably better without glasses immediately following your LASEK procedure. But while your eyes are healing, it is normal for your vision to fluctuate and be less than perfect during your LASEK recovery. The post-LASEK healing process…

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13 May 18

What Can LASEK Correct?

LASEK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. In Rogers, Dr. Cole creates a thin flap in the cornea, folds back the flap, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. Astigmatism  Astigmatism is the inability to focus clearly at any distance due to an irregular or misshapen cornea. With astigmatism the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball and…

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06 May 18

LASEK Flap Complications

Despite its excellent record of success and safety, LASEK eye surgery, like all surgical procedures, has some associated risks. Most LASEK side effects are mild and temporary. While serious complications, such as those associated with the LASEK flap, are extremely rare, it’s important that patients be fully aware of all possible risks, no matter how remote, before deciding to undergo the procedure. What Causes LASEK Flap Complications to Occur? The creation of a flap in the outermost layer of the cornea is what distinguishes LASEK from other forms of laser refractive surgery such as PRK and LASEK. This means that…

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29 Apr 18

Common Vision Problems that LASEK Treats

Your eye shape and cornea are keys to better vision. When light enters the eye it is bent, refracted, by a clear tissue on the front of the eye called the cornea. The cornea, in effect, acts like a lens to focus incoming light onto the retina on the back of the eye. If you wear glasses or contacts, these bend the light as needed to adjust for your eye prescription. LASEK vision correction surgery in Rogers can reduce and/or eliminate your dependence on glasses and contact lenses if you suffer from the following common vision problems: Myopia Myopia, called…

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