Walt Bogart, M.D.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

TECNIS Symfony® Extended Range of Vision Intraocular Lens (IOL)

"When my last glasses prescription only helped for a couple of months, I knew I had to do something.  I wanted the latest technology.  Now I can see lines more sharply.  I see colors more vividly."          -TECNIS Symfony® IOL Patient

Is your vision cloudy?  Do you experience glare while driving at night?  Is it difficult to read without a bright lamp close to you?  Are you over the age of 40 and seeking to lessen your dependence on glasses at all distances?  The TECNIS Symfony® IOL may be the right choice for you.

The TECNIS Symfony® IOL is the first and only Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) Presbyopia-Correcting IOL that provides continuous, high-quality vision at any distance.  The TECNIS Symfony® IOL also comes in a TORIC to correct astigmatism.  This sophisticated lens is an excellent option for cataract & Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) patients with or without astigmatism.   

Your ability to see in dim light can define when, where, and how you're able to spend your independent time.  With TECNIS Symfony® IOL you may be able to comfortably enjoy low-light activities such as taking a walk at dusk, going to the movies, or even driving at night.  With TECNIS Symfony® IOL, you may experience a loss of sharpness, which may become worse under poor visibility conditions such as dim light or fog.  This may lead to difficulties in driving, and may cause problems such as not being able to detect hazards in the road as quickly at night or in fog.  You may notice halos, starbursts, glare, and other visual symptoms.  This may impact your vision when there are bright lights at night. 

Call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our Doctors to determine if the TECNIS Symfony® IOL is the right choice for you:  803-794-0000, Option 4, ask for Jennifer

Valentine's Day is RIght Around The Corner... Are you Ready?

This Valentine's Day, let your special someone SEE how much you LOVE them!  Give the gift that keeps on giving...the gift of SIGHT! 

Think about it, we use our eyes every single day.  In fact, we use our eyes more than any vehicle or other material object.  Why wouldn't you want your loved one to SEE their best!

At the Carolina Eye Center, we offer many different options to help you and your loved ones see better:

  • Refractive Lens Exchange, Clear Lens Exchange
  • Designer Glasses, Designer Sunglasses, Contact Lenses
  • Comprehensive Eye Exams
  • Cataract Procedures
  • Lens Implants
  • Glaucoma Laser Surgery
  • Diabetic Exams
  • And so much more....
Gift Certificates are available for all procedures! 
Call Jennifer for more details:  803-794-0000, Ext. 4

Monday, January 15, 2018

iStent® Implant for Glaucoma

The iStent® implant is the smallest, FDA approved medical device often recommended for patients with mild to moderate Open-Angle Glaucoma who are going to have cataract surgery.

Your eyes use an intricate fluid outflow system to keep them balanced and healthy.  At the center of this system is a drainage network called the “Trabecular Meshwork,” which is the anatomy through which fluid exits the eye.  Most of the fluid in your eye naturally drains through this meshwork and into the bloodstream through a structure called Schlemm’s Canal.

In patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma, a blockage in the trabecular meshwork is the primary cause of keeping the fluid in your eye from draining properly.  When this happens, fluid backs up and pressure in your eye rises.  High Intraocular Pressure of IOP, can lead to blindness, which is why controlling this pressure in the eye is extremely important.

Most people with Open-Angle Glaucoma take one to three powerful medications to reduce their IOP.  While these drugs are effective, they are expensive and often have undesirable side effects.  As a result, some patients choose not to use their medications as prescribed, which can lead to permanent vision loss. 

The iStent® is implanted during your cataract surgery, without the need for additional incisions or anesthesia.  After the cataract is removed and the Intraocular Lens of your choice is positioned, the iStent is inserted through the trabecular meshwork and into Schlemm’s Canal.  This creates a permanent opening that increases the outflow of fluid and safely lowers intraocular pressure.  After the procedure, Dr. Bogart may recommend a reduction in the number or the amount of glaucoma medications you are currently using. 
For more information regarding the iStent implant or to schedule an appointment with our Surgeon, Dr. Walt Bogart, please call our office at:  803-794-0000, ask for Jennifer!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Free Times Best Eye Doctor of 2017

Thank you Free-Times readers! What an honor to be voted Best Eye Doctor of 2017! Doctors Bogart, Mehta, & Manno appreciate your support as we continue to provide quality eye care to the Midlands and surrounding areas. "Here's looking at you, Kid!"

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

West Columbia Best LASIK Surgeon 2017 Award Goes to Walt Bogart, MD

Dr. Bogart and the Staff at Carolina Eye Center are honored to receive the West Columbia Best LASIK Surgeon 2017 Award!  Thank you all for your support as we continue to provide quality care to the Midlands and surrounding areas. 

Call to schedule your free, no-obligation LASIK consultation today:  803-794-0000.  "Here's Looking at You, Kid!"

Press Release
Carolina Eye Center: Dr. Walt Bogart Receives 2017 Best of West Columbia Award
West Columbia Award Program Honors the Achievement
WEST COLUMBIA March 22, 2017 -- Carolina Eye Center: Dr. Walt Bogart has been selected for the 2017 Best of West Columbia Award in the LASIK Surgeon category by the West Columbia Award Program.
Each year, the West Columbia Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the West Columbia area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 West Columbia Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the West Columbia Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About West Columbia Award Program
The West Columbia Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the West Columbia area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The West Columbia Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: West Columbia Award Program

West Columbia Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@onlineawarded.org
URL: http://www.onlineawarded.org


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Why Should I Go To a Private Ophthalmology Practice instead of a LASIK center, for my Refractive Procedure?

Here are 10 reasons that we feel it is better to seek a private Ophthalmology practice for your laser vision correction, instead of going to a LASIK center or chain.


#1.)  We are here for the long-run, i.e., we won’t be out of business when you want to see us next.


#2.)  We are not money driven; we provide quality care and do what is in the best interest of the patient now and long term.


#3.)  Dr. Bogart will NOT fly into town just to do your surgery and fly right back out afterwards.
Dr. Bogart will be available if you have a problem.  (All of our patients get his personal cell phone number!)


#4.)  You will not see a Doctor who did NOT go to medical school for your pre-operative exam (very important dilated measurements for surgery) .  Our Surgeon is a Medical Doctor.  He has a 4 year M.D. and he has 4 additional years of schooling, specifically in eye surgery and eye medicine- not a 4 year postgraduate degree in Optics.  


#5.)  Dr. Walt Bogart, will see you for ALL of your follow-up care.  You will not follow-up with a Doctor that did not perform your surgery. 


#6.)  We will not try to get you in the door with a low-ball figure, i.e., $299 per eye, $800.00 per eye, etc.  We will not try to get you to put money down to hold a surgery spot/date.


#7.)  We own all of our equipment.  It is actually cheaper to rent your equipment than it is to own it!  We know our machine; our staff has been fully trained and certified to operate our laser.  We pay for routine maintenance and excellent 24/7 customer service support. 


#8.)  We will not treat you like "cattle" on the day of surgery.  You can have confidence in our team that we will make sure you are as comfortable as possible, and our treatment is specific to you!


#9.)  There are no surprises.  We are very thorough.  Our patients know exactly what to expect on the day of surgery and post-operatively.  We will spend 3 to 4 hours with you prior to surgery… not 30 minutes.


#10.)  A lot of centers will only do a retreatment (touch-up procedure) if your vision is 20/40 or worse.  Dr. Bogart wants you to be satisfied with your vision and will do whatever it takes to get you seeing better, even if your vision is better than 20/40.

We welcome your comments.  If you would like to schedule an appointment at our office, please call:  803-794-0000, Ext. 4, ask for Jennifer

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's Your Eyes...Not a Pair of Shoes!

LASIK-LASEK-Epi-K-PRK-iLASIK-ASA-AST These are all acronyms for various refractive surgery techniques used to reshape your cornea with the intention of giving you, the patient, the kind of vision you need to be glasses free, or at least much less spectacle-dependent.

Today LASIK is seen as commonplace. Many commercial enterprises have sprung up around the country, sometimes offering ridiculously low prices that often, on further investigation, cost quite a bit more than advertised. With these options available, the question becomes are you shopping for quality and safety for your eyes or is PRICE the most important factor?

Because your eyes are so important, always select the facility and surgeon with the best results and most appropriate technology first and then worry about price.

If you are considering changing your vision through surgery here are some other things to consider:

1. Experience- How many refractive procedures has the surgeon done? How familiar is he/she with your particular conditions?  Dr. Bogart-alone- has helped over 20,000 South Carolina residents achieve better vision through laser vision correction. 

2. Permanence- Is the physician performing your surgery flying in or are they an established member of the community? Will he/she be available BEFORE and AFTER your surgery? Will he/she be conducting your pre-op examination and all of your post-operative care?  All of our LASIK patients get Dr. Bogart's personal cell phone number AND he sees them from start to finish:  pre-op examination, procedure, and all post-operative visits. 

3. Technology- What laser will the surgeon use? What prescriptions is the laser FDA approved to correct? How does the laser perform on different types of visual problems, i.e. far-sighted/near-sighted/astigmatism?  Are there other options to consider besides LASIK?

4. Cost- what is the REAL cost? I.e. the cost of everything, including enhancements, if they are necessary? When you call us, the cost you are told over the phone is the same amount we collect 1 week prior to your surgery.  You can expect no surprises from us!

Dr. Walt Bogart of the Carolina Eye Center has performed over 20,000 successful refractive procedures. He has been a part of the greater Columbia Community for over 25 years.  Dr. Bogart and the Carolina Eye Center use the VISX STAR 4 laser with WaveScan Wavefront Technology. The VISX STAR 4 offers several safety features, like “3-D active eye-tracking & automatic centering” which maintains accuracy and ensures the laser beam will reach only the part of your cornea that needs to be re-shaped.

When you buy a pair of shoes and they don’t work out you can return them, a lesson learned! But when it comes to your eyesight, this is not so easily accomplished. Fixing or reversing a bad or inaccurate refractive surgery can be expensive and difficult.
The VISX STAR 4 laser is fast, safe, and FDA approved.

So if you want safety, experience, and the very latest in refractive laser surgery technology, call the Carolina Eye Center 803-794-0000, Ext. 111, and schedule your free, no-obligation LASIK consultation today!