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18 Nov 18

What Will Happen if Cataracts are Left Untreated?

Cataracts cause more vision problems than any other eye condition or disease. A cataract causes a part of the lens to become opaque or cloudy. This cloudiness obstructs light from passing through easily, causing vision to become blurry, like looking through a fogged-up window. The cloudier the lens, the worse the vision will be. Cataracts usually develop slowly and sufferers will experience blurred vision that gradually worsens over time. The Dangers of Untreated Cataracts Given that cataracts are fairly common, it is likely that there are a significant number of individuals that have begun to develop cataracts and are not…

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11 Nov 18

Finding the Right 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. The experience and skill of your surgeon directly influence the success of your procedure. Here are some recommendations to help you find the right LASEK surgeon: Get Referrals from Former LASEK Patients – Ask friends and family members that have had good experiences with LASEK for the names of their surgeons. You can also ask your primary care physician or regular eye doctor to refer you to a respected LASEK surgeon. Do Your Research –…

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04 Nov 18

What is the Best Age to Get Laser Eye Surgery?

For many glasses or contact lens wearers, there comes a time when they say enough is enough and decide to have laser eye surgery. So, what is the best age to get laser eye surgery? Generally, the perfect candidate is someone between the ages of 20 and 40. This is because a major determining factor in laser eye surgery candidacy is a stable eye prescription for at least two years. Just as your body grows and matures through adolescence, so do your eyes. Research shows that your eyes begin to stabilize and your prescription is more likely to remain steady…

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28 Oct 18
Cataract Surgery And Insurance

Cataract Surgery and Insurance

A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye. The lens is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. During cataract surgery in Rogers, Dr. Cole separates the cataract from the lens capsule. In most cases, the lens is replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). In most instances, with certain limitations, cataract surgery costs are covered under both private insurance plans and Medicare. Private Insurance Private insurance for cataract surgery is usually quite comprehensive but also quite variable. In most instances, private insurances cover a portion, if not all, of the Cataract Surgeon Fee,…

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21 Oct 18

LASEK Eye Surgery Candidate

LASEK eye surgery can be very successful when performed on the right patient. LASEK can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism, but LASEK is not right for everyone. While the goal of LASEK surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses, having LASEK cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. Fortunately, most cases are successful in improving visual acuity. To be eligible for LASEK surgery, potential candidates must meet the following criteria: Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years old. General Health: LASEK eye surgery candidates must be in good general health and should not…

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14 Oct 18

What Are the Three Types of Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye due to protein buildup in the body which leads to reduced vision and loss of sight if left untreated. There are three primary types of cataracts: nuclear sclerotic, cortical and posterior subcapsular. Nuclear Sclerotic Cataracts A nuclear cataract is the most common type of cataract, beginning with a gradual hardening and yellowing of the central zone of the lens also known as the nucleus. Over time, this hardening and yellowing will expand to the other layers of the lens. As this type of cataract progresses, it changes the eye's…

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07 Oct 18

What Causes Cataracts?

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, or deposits, prevent light from passing clearly through the lens, thus disrupting normal vision. There are several reasons why a cataract may form, including: 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…

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30 Sep 18

Reasons to Have LASEK

If you are struggling with vision problems because of a refractive error, LASEK surgery may be the right tool to improve your eyesight. By correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, LASEK can truly change your life. Here are just a few reasons to have LASEK: To Offer Convenience – One of the most positive reasons to have LASEK is the convenience of life without glasses and contact lenses. Imagine waking up in the morning and being able to read the clock without first searching for glasses or putting contacts in. To Ease Discomfort – Glasses and contact lenses cause many people…

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23 Sep 18

The Basics of LASEK

LASEK is a type of eye surgery that uses a laser to reshape your inner cornea to improve your vision by enabling light to properly focus on the retina. It’s an alternative to traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses and is the most commonly performed eye surgery to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). To help you better understand this popular vision correction method, check out the basics of LASEK: LASEK is an Innovative Form of Eye Surgery – It uses a laser to reshape the cornea. LASEK Doesn’t Guarantee Perfect Vision – Most patients have somewhere between 20/20 and…

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16 Sep 18

Early Signs of Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens that normally occurs due to advancing age. A young, healthy lens is clear and flexible which allows it to focus images onto the retina. But starting around the age of 40, the lens begins to yellow and harden. Cataracts start small but gradually worsen. Their effects on a person’s vision become more noticeable and debilitating over time as they mature. Eventually, an untreated cataract can cause significant vision loss and even total blindness. Early signs of cataracts include the following: Blurry, dim or clouded vision (like looking out of a cloudy or…

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