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19 Aug 18

Understanding LASEK Risks

While LASEK surgery is extremely safe and incredibly effective, as with any surgical procedure, there is still some risk involved. The truth is, LASEK risks are rare and typically mild when they do occur. When LASEK risks do occur, the majority of side effects either go away on their own or are easily fixed through a follow-up procedure. Potential LASEK surgery risks include: Eye Infections – Like all surgical procedures, LASEK carries a small risk of infection. However, eye infections following LASEK are rare. If the procedure is performed using sterile lasers throughout, the surgeon can avoid any physical contact…

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12 Aug 18

Eye Exam for LASEK

Before you can safely undergo LASEK vision correction surgery, your eyes need to be examined by a qualified LASEK professional. This exam helps your doctor determine whether or not LASEK surgery is the right vision correction procedure for you. During an eye exam for LASEK in Rogers, Dr. Cole will analyze the current state of the patient’s vision, check for irregularities in the eye and evaluate the patient’s candidacy for LASEK surgery using several tests, including: Corneal Topography Test – One of the first tests that are part of the LASEK eye exam is corneal topography which measures the shape…

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05 Aug 18

Diagram of the Eye

Even though the eye is small, only about 1 inch in diameter, it serves a very important function - the sense of sight. The eye is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It is made up of many distinct parts working in unison together and in order for the eye to work at its best, all parts must work well collectively. Let’s look at a few of the main parts of this vital organ: Anterior Chamber: The space between the cornea and the iris, filled with the aqueous humor. Choroid: The vascular layer of the eye,…

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29 Jul 18

Myopia Treatment

Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness which is caused by a refractive error many people are born with or develop as they age. Myopia is the most common refractive error of the eye. If you are nearsighted, you typically will have difficulty reading road signs and seeing distant objects clearly, but will be able to see well for close-up tasks such as reading and computer use. Other signs and symptoms of myopia include squinting, eye strain and headaches. Feeling fatigued when driving or playing sports also can be a symptom of uncorrected nearsightedness. Myopia is not a disease, but…

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22 Jul 18

What to Expect Before, During and After LASEK – Part Two

After LASEK Immediately following the procedure, you may experience mild burning or itching in your eye. It could also feel as if something is stuck in your eye. Your vision may be hazy or slightly blurry, and some tears are common. It’s extremely important that you refrain from rubbing your eyes as they heal because doing so may harm them. It is also important to keep your eyes lubricated for the first few weeks to three months after LASEK surgery. Even when your eyes don’t feel dry, you should use lubricating eye drops 3-4 times a day to prevent your…

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15 Jul 18

Cataract Surgery Options

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. Depending on your pre-operative vision and desired result, Dr. Cole in Rogers may choose to remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant called an intraocular lens, IOL. This has been done for routine cataract surgery for years. There are several IOL options that…

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08 Jul 18

What to Expect Before, During and After LASEK – Part One

Before LASEK Prior to a LASEK procedure in Rogers, you will need a thorough consultation and complete eye examination by Dr. Cole to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. During your pre-surgery examination, Dr. Cole will: Dilate your pupils to fine-tune your prescription Examine your eyes to make sure they’re healthy, including testing for glaucoma, performing a retinal exam and assessing for dry eye Measure the curvature of your cornea and your pupils Examine the topography of your eyes to make sure you don’t have an irregular astigmatism or a cone-shaped cornea – a condition called…

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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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