LASIK PROCEDURES

LASIK PROCEDURES

Helping You to Achieve Improved Vision

Dr. Bogart has performed more than 20,000 successful LASIK procedures! 96% of Dr. Bogart's patients achieve 20/20 vision; 3% achieve 20/40 or better. Dr. Bogart has less than 1% of patients that are not 20/40 or better. Typically this patient was unusually far-sighted or had other difficulties prior to surgery. Each person needs to be screened individually to see whether they are a candidate for this procedure. Any questions or comments can be directed to us for more information! Simply click here.
LASIK or Laser in Situ Keratomileusis is a procedure that offers many advantages over other forms of laser vision correction because it is performed under the corneal layer. As a result, there is less surface area to heal, less post operative discomfort, less risk of corneal haze, and vision returns more rapidly, usually within one day or so.

LASIK Testimonials*

Tara Cooley is one patient who is thrilled with her results. Tara tells us...
  • "I wore contacts for over 15 years! Since I have had the LASIK surgery I am seeing 20/15! The best thing about LASIK is being able to wake up and see the alarm clock. This is the best money I have ever spent!"

Grace Richards is another patient happy with her LASIK results! She is so pleased that her son now wants to have HIS eyes done! Grace tells us that...
  • "Since I was 12 years old I have had to wear glasses. I am now 42 years old and recently had LASIK surgery. My vision is PERFECT. LASIK changed my life! By not wearing glasses, I have even been able to change how I wear my make-up and wear a hairstyle I could never have had before having the procedure! I recommend LASIK and Dr. Bogart to anyone!"

Louise Burgess says...
  • "I have worn contacts since middle school and have always had problems with my vision. LASIK has finally made it possible for me to wake up in the mornings and have one less thing to worry about. The procedure was fast and painless; the results are life changing. I would recommend this surgery to anyone. LASIK surgery is one of the best decisions I have ever made! Now I see 20/20- all thanks to Dr. Bogart and his staff.”

Nick Barfield says ...
  • "I have always had pretty sensitive eyes. I wouldn't say that I am a huge fan of objects in or around my eye area either. I was tired of wearing glasses and unable to wear contacts comfortably. I went in for a consultation with Dr. Bogart just to see what my options were. Before having surgery I couldn't really make out the big "E" on the eye chart. I was very nearsighted with astigmatism. Dr. Bogart decided that the safest option for someone with my prescription would be to have a surface procedure. I had Epi-K surgery performed on both eyes. I knew the healing process would take a little longer and that my vision would not be perfect right away. I also knew that there would be some more discomfort associated with the procedure. I was basically down for a weekend, not feeling like doing a whole lot of anything. At my first follow up visit, my vision was already 20/30. A huge improvement from what I was before surgery. I wore my sunglasses a lot because my eyes were sensitive to light. I hung in there, and at my next follow up appointment my vision was 20/20! Although Epi-K does have it's cons...it was well worth it! It is comforting to find a Doctor that you can trust and a staff that truly cares about you. I know that I had the safest procedure possible and if you see me in glasses now...they're SUNGLASSES!”
*Results may vary. Individual results cannot be guaranteed to be equal to these results.

GLAUCOMA


Laser Trabeculoplasty: A Whole New Approach To Managing Patients With Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG)
The results of the Glaucoma Laser Trial (GLT) are encouraging regarding the usefulness of Laser Trabeculoplasty (LT) as an initial treatment for POAG. It appears that LT is at least as good if not better than starting with medications, because in the short term, LT provides good pressure control and has the advantage of postponing and/or reducing the inconvenience, nuisance, and side effects associated with taking medications.

The pressure-lowering effects of laser trabeculoplasty in Glaucoma Laser Trial (GLT) patients with high Intraocular Pressure (IOP) and not controlled by medicines encourages more frequent use of laser trabeculoplasty.
Evidence of the GLT suggests that, within the 2-year follow-up of the trial, Laser Trabeculoplasty is both effective and safe.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty - SLT

Glaucoma is a disease in which increased pressure in the eye causes permanent damage to the Optic nerve. If this process is not treated this will lead to complete blindness.

There are several options for treating Glaucoma: various types of drops, laser treatments, and surgery.

In the past, the only available laser treatment involved burning a hole in the drainage system (trabecular meshwork). Although effective, this procedure causes significant damage to the meshwork.

Now an exciting new technology allows treatment of the meshwork without damage. Using this low powered laser we selectively clear the pigment cells, which clog the meshwork. The intraocular fluid can then drain freely, reducing the pressure in the eye.
The pressure lowering effect of SLT often takes several months to reach its full potential. And because there is no damage to the meshwork, this procedure can be repeated for additional pressure lowering effect when needed.

While some of our patients have been able to discontinue the use of drops, we cannot promise that you will have the same results. However, Dr. Bogart does feel that this new technology offers real help and hope to his Glaucoma patients.

The Selective Trabeculoplasty Advantage

Preclinical studies show that SLT does not cause the coagulative damage to the trabecular meshwork caused by Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT) as shown in Example A above.

SLT selectively targets pigmented trabecular meshwork cells, conserving surrounding non-pigmented cells.

This procedure is SAFE and is NOT associated with any systemic adverse side effects.

Stratus Oct

What is it?
A direct cross-sectional imaging that allows the doctor to analyze layers of the retina and optic nerve; measuring and monitoring delicate structures and any changes within these structures.

Why is it used?
There are TWO possible reasons for your doctor to order this procedure:
  • Early detection of glaucoma OR
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of current therapies in arresting the effects of the disease of glaucoma on your vision.
Does it replace a visual field?
No, it does not. A visual field evaluates your level of visual function. However, the structural damage from glaucoma occurs up to FIVE years PRIOR to the patient experiencing VISION loss. With HRT a personalized visual map of your retina and optic nerve is compared (by computer technology) to the new scan, and any changes are highlighted. Your doctor can immediately see if your glaucoma is progressing and then prescribe needed therapies, BEFORE vision loss is experienced.

CATARACTS


Dr. Walt Bogart of Carolina Eye Center Offers Breakthrough Cataract Treatments!
Count your eyes among many things in life that can seriously improve with age. It's all thanks to a breakthrough new intraocular lens (IOL) called the TECNIS® Lens that's implanted in the eye during cataract surgery. Cataracts are a clouding of your eye's natural lens that occurs in 50 percent of patients over the age of 65, and 75 percent of patients over age 75. Cataracts may make sharp objects appear blurry; colors look dull, and cause trouble seeing at night. The TECNIS® lens replaces your eye's natural lens.

Most cataract surgery can be done on an outpatient basis, without requiring an overnight hospital stay. Because local anesthesia is used to numb the area around the eye, you will be mildly awake for the entire operation, although you will experience little or no pain. Modern cataract surgery is 95 percent successful in improving vision. Intraocular lenses (IOLS) are about the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny and weigh about the same amount as a kernel of corn. They are polished to the precise curvature needed to bend light rays into focus on the retina at the back of your eye. The lens itself is made of an inert plastic and can provide good vision for the rest of your life. Many lenses even filter out potentially harmful ultraviolet rays, as well as blue light rays. Some studies indicate that blue light can decrease your risk of developing macular degeneration.

Monofocal vs. Multifocal

The TECNIS® Multifocal lens is more advanced than traditional IOLs because it’s multifocal instead of monofocal. Monofocal lenses, as the name implies, can only give you clear distance vision – glasses are still needed to see up close. The TECNIS® lens, on the other hand, can give you clear vision at all distances, from near to far. This is because it corrects both cataracts and the condition known as presbyopia, which causes many people to need reading glasses after their eyes age. The TECNIS® lens is designed to help you regain younger vision and be free of glasses, it can provide you with high-quality vision at all distances and in all lighting conditions-even in dim light. 9 out of 10 patients that have had the TECNIS® lens implanted never have to wear glasses. In a recent clinical study, 94 percent of patients said they would choose to have the TECNIS® Multifocal Lens implanted again.

The Leading Choice for Cataracts and Astigmatism

Carolina Eye Center offers another two-in-one solution. AcrySof® Toric is the first IOL that treats pre-existing astigmatism at the same time it corrects cataracts, so patients don't have to undergo two separate procedures. Patients also enjoy improved quality distance vision over traditional IOLs.

Presbyopic Correcting Intraocular Lenses

Presbyopic Correcting Intraocular Lenses (PC IOLS), such as the TECNIS®, the AcrySof® ReSTOR®, the AMO ReZoom™ lens, and the Crystalens® are designed to improve your vision to see near, far, and everything in-between. The goal of these premium lenses is to allow you to read the newspaper, prescription bottles, your mail and to see many other things near and far, lessening your dependence on glasses.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for these lifestyle lenses! Our number is 803-794-0000 . We offer convenient Monthly Payment Plans through CareCredit to those who qualify!
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