BoozmanHof Blog

10 Mar 19

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common condition 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. Normally, the cornea and lens are smooth and curved equally in all directions, helping to focus light rays sharply onto the retina at the back of your eye. However, if your cornea or lens isn't smooth and evenly curved, light rays aren't refracted properly. This is called a refractive error. When the cornea has an…

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03 Mar 19

How to Find the Best LASEK Surgeon

If you are thinking about correcting your vision with LASEK eye surgery, perhaps the most important decision you will make is your choice of surgeon. With so many LASEK surgeons in the Rogers area, it can be difficult to know how to choose the best one for you and your needs. Choosing the right LASEK surgeon can make a significant difference in the ultimate quality of your vision. If you are considering LASEK surgery, consider the following: Experience: Experience is the key to a safe and successful LASEK surgery. Don’t feel shy about asking your potential surgeon how many times…

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24 Feb 19

Can You Be Too Old for LASEK?

If you have considered vision correction surgery, you may have wondered how old you have to be to have LASEK. LASEK has been FDA approved for patients 18 or older. You may also wonder if you can be too old for LASEK surgery. There is no ideal age to have the procedure, but it is important to have a stable prescription and, of course, healthy eyes. One benefit of having LASEK performed when you are younger is that there are more years to enjoy the benefit of improved vision, the eyes tend to heal quicker and stabilize faster, and there…

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17 Feb 19

What is Hyperopia?

Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is a refractive error that causes blurry vision. Having a refractive error means that the shape of your eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in seeing a blurred image. Hyperopia, also called hypermetropia, farsightedness or long-sightedness, is a vision problem that causes blurry vision when focusing on nearby places and objects, but clear vision when focusing at a greater distance. What Causes Hyperopia? Hyperopia occurs when the image formed by the focusing mechanism of the eye is behind the retina. The condition is caused by an eye that is shorter than normal or a…

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10 Feb 19

Are You Awake During LASEK?

A common concern among potential LASEK patients is whether they will be awake during the procedure. Yes—patients are awake 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 your surgeon provides 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 reduce discomfort during the operation. Then, they’ll use an instrument that will keep your…

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03 Feb 19

Am I a Candidate for LASEK Eye Surgery?

LASEK eye surgery can correct such eye problems as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. To find out if you are a candidate for LASEK, you will need a comprehensive vision exam and consultation by an experienced eye doctor to determine if LASEK is a good fit for you. Before your LASEK consultation in Rogers, there are some general criteria that can guide you in deciding if this is the right procedure for you. To have laser eye surgery you should be in good eye health, good overall health and have realistic expectations of the LASEK procedure: LASEK Candidates Should…

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27 Jan 19

How Long Does It Take for the Eye to Heal After Cataract Surgery? – Part Two

The First Few Weeks After Surgery: You can bath or shower but avoid getting water in or near your eye. Typically, you will have a follow-up visit with Dr. Cole the day after surgery. Have someone drive you to your follow-up visit. Avoid driving until the doctor has verified that it is safe for you to do so. Wear dark, ultraviolet (UV) protective sunglasses when outdoors. Your eye may still feel a little gritty and/or sensitive to touch for a few days after surgery. It is not unusual to experience glare and halos around lights during the first few weeks…

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20 Jan 19

How Long Does It Take for the Eye to Heal After Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure of the eye that removes and replaces a lens that has become cloudy. The vast majority of patients achieve improved, sharper vision, but this change is not necessarily immediate. Although some patients see well just a few days after cataract surgery, full healing can take up to three months. Cataract surgery recovery time tends to be minimal and mild, but there are various factors that can impact the speed of recovery. Read on to learn about the recovery process as your eye heals from cataract surgery: Immediately After Cataract Surgery: At the completion of your…

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13 Jan 19

Can You Prevent Cataracts?

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, there are certainly steps you can take to help reduce your risk factors. Tips for Preventing Cataracts 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 to look for signs of cataracts,…

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06 Jan 19

What is the Difference Between Nearsighted and Farsighted?

For vision to work properly, both your distance and near vision should be clear. Both nearsightedness and farsightedness are refractive conditions, referring to how light is focused in relation to the eye. Below, learn what farsightedness and nearsightedness mean, as well as the differences between the two. Farsightedness The technical term for farsightedness is hyperopia. If you are farsighted, you can see distant objects well, but reading or looking at items close up is blurry for you. With hyperopia, the eyeball is either too short or there is not enough curvature of the lens for objects to focus properly. Light…

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