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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.


#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!

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?

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?

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? 

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!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Laser Eye Surgery for Glaucoma and Post Cataract Surgery

When you can’t see the world clearly, it’s hard to function in it with ease.  Laser surgery may often have more advantages than nonlaser surgery- more ease, less costs, no or minimal discomfort, faster return to work, and improved or stabilized vision.   Lasers work best in the early stages of a condition, so early diagnosis and treatment is recommended.

Glaucoma- Laser surgery can prevent severe vision loss due to glaucoma, especially for people over 40.  Open Angle glaucoma is chronic; vision may look normal or progress to total blindness.  Fluid can’t drain out of the eye and abnormally high pressure results.  The high pressure gradually destroys optic nerve fibers and sight.  When medication can’t control intraocular pressure, laser surgery may be recommended.  Closed Angle glaucoma is acute; blocked fluid may cause rapid pressure increase, which may result in severe pain and permanent vision loss.  The laser enlarges the drainage openings in the eye which allows fluid to drain, may reduce pressure, relieve pain, and stabilize vision. A second treatment may be needed.

After Cataract Surgery- after cataract surgery some patients may experience vision loss within months or several years due to clouding of the posterior capsule (behind the intraocular lens).  Vision is reduced and fuzzy.  The laser opens the capsule by making a tiny opening, lets in light, and may restore full vision promptly and dramatically. 

Laser surgery has been one of the great advances in treating eye disease.  The success of laser surgery depends on the type of eye disorder.  In most situations, laser surgery helps prevent further loss of vision and may provide great improvement in vision. 

To find out if laser eye surgery is right for you, give our office a call:  803-794-0000.  Our Doctors will discuss the risks and benefits that laser treatment can offer you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

LASIK Recovery: Your Questions Answered

When making the decision to have laser vision correction, it is important to consider the recovery process.  In this blog we will walk you through the typical LASIK recovery period.

LASIK is a fairly quick procedure.  Most patients are in our surgery suite for 15 minutes total for a procedure on both eyes.  Improvement in vision is often immediate; however, the patient’s vision will be hazy for the first 24 hours. After surgery, someone must drive the patient home.  The patient is given comfort goggles to sleep in to protect their eyes (these goggles are worn at night when the patient sleeps for 1 week). The patient must go to sleep or keep their eyes closed for at least 5 hours or longer following surgery.  When the patient wakes up, they are advised not to put any strain on their eyes.  Excessive television, smart phone usage, computer activities, and reading fine print should be avoided if possible.  These activities can be performed as soon as the next day after surgery; however, the patient’s eyes may tire faster than normal, so it is important for them to take breaks when needed.  Many patients will experience redness of the eyes along with mild burning, stinging or a scratchy sensation for a few days after the LASIK procedure. Some patients have light sensitivity and will require dark sunglasses for a few days or weeks following LASIK surgery.  It is normal for vision to fluctuate after surgery. The period of fluctuation varies and is usually due to dryness of the eyes.  Some patients will have more dry eye than others and may have to use more artificial tears.  Artificial tears are usually required for a few months after surgery and how often they are used varies from patient to patient.  As far as driving is concerned, most LASIK patients see well enough to drive and some can even return to work the day after their procedure.  If a patient works in a dusty environment or outdoors, we may recommend that they take some additional days off work. 

After LASIK surgery, patients are placed on a strict eye drop schedule. We prescribe an antibiotic drop and a steroid drop that are both used 4 times per day for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.  The patient is also instructed to use over-the-counter artificial tears 4 to 6 times per day or more.  Patients cannot rub or bump their eyes for several weeks following surgery.  Women cannot wear eye make-up for 7 to 10 days following surgery.  Patients are instructed to avoid swimming, sauna, hot tubs, water park rides, etc., for 1 month.  The patient should not perform any yardwork for 2 weeks. Exposure to chemicals or smoke getting in the eyes should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.  Light exercise can be resumed after 48 hours.  Heavy exercise can usually be resumed after 1 week, but it is best to get clearance from Dr. Bogart first.  Contact sports can typically be resumed after 1 month, but it is best for patients to ask Dr. Bogart before resuming these activities.     

Post-op visits generally run as follows:  1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and sometimes more.  During the post-op visit, your vision will be checked, medication drops will be discussed,  and Dr. Bogart will perform a slit-lamp exam to make sure everything looks normal. 

If you have questions regarding the LASIK recovery process or if you would like to schedule a LASIK consultation appointment, please call our office at:  803-794-0000, Option 4. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Refractive Surgery: LASIK, PRK, AST, ASA

“I can see and I don’t have my contacts in!”

“It’s amazing!”

“I can’t believe how easy it was!”

“Is it okay for me to cry tears of joy…because I can’t believe I can actually see without my glasses?!”

“Thank you!”

We hear these expressions of excitement regularly from our refractive surgery patients! 

Refractive Procedures such as LASIK, PRK, AST, or ASA are performed to lessen one’s dependence on glasses/contact lenses. 

Patients who are ideal candidates for these procedures must first go through a careful screening process.  We currently perform these screens free of charge.  The screening usually takes about an hour and your eyes will not be dilated.

Once someone has been determined a good candidate for refractive surgery, we will then get some pre-operative measurements of their eyes.  The pre-operative examination usually takes about 3 hours.  Patients see Dr. Bogart for both a non-dilated and dilated exam.  During the pre-operative exam all prescriptions are discussed and called into the pharmacy.  Instructions are reviewed thoroughly with the patient and all questions are answered. 

Surgery is typically performed on a Thursday.  Refractive surgery is an in-office procedure.  Patients are usually at our office anywhere from 1.5 to 2.0 hours on surgery day.  The actual procedure takes about 7-8 minutes per eye.  The laser correction treatment takes only seconds per eye to complete! Most patients do not experience any pain during this procedure.  Many patients notice improvement in their vision immediately after surgery!

If you are interested in learning more about refractive surgery or would like to schedule a free screening appointment, give us a call:  803-794-0000.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Chances are, several of your friends or family members are experiencing the joys of living without glasses and contact lenses as a result of laser vision correction.  You've heard the excitement in their voices, noticed the boost in their confidence levels, and watched the quality of their lives improve with new-found freedoms.

You can also enjoy this freedom from corrective lenses.  Call our office to schedule a consultation appointment.

The laser vision correction process begins with a consultation appointment.  At this time, our LASIK Coordinator will perform some basic tests, go over your medical history, and educate you on the types of procedures available, costs, financing, and technology used. Once it's confirmed that you are a good candidate for laser vision correction, the pre-operative exam and procedure can be scheduled.

A pre-operative examination is lengthy and consists of a non-dilated exam and a dilated exam with Dr. Bogart.  During the pre-operative exam, Dr. Bogart will assess your overall health and our LASIK Coordinator will measure & create a detailed and unique map of your eye using the WaveScan

On the day of the procedure, you will take a mild sedative to help you relax during the procedure.  Anesthetic drops will be placed into your eyes.  Your unique correction information is transferred from the WaveScan to the VISX laser.  Laser vision correction works by gently reshaping the cornea with the cool beam from the laser to remove microscopic amounts of tissue- less than the thickness of a human hair in most cases- to create a new curvature.  The procedure usually takes seconds to complete and the majority of patients feel only mild discomfort.  Many patients notice immediate results after CustomVue and their vision continues to improve as their eyes heal.  Post-operative visits and routine exams complete the process.

Treatments are available for a variety of patients including those who are nearsighted, farsighted, and who have astigmatism.  There are also LASIK alternatives such as PRK, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)  and Multifocal Lens Implants, that may be better suited for some individuals.

VISX STAR lasers have been used to perform millions of laser vision correction procedures in the U.S. and around the world.  If you're 21 years of age or older, are diagnosed as nearsighted with or without astigmatism, farsighted with or without astigmatism, or have mixed astigmatism, you may be a candidate for the CustomVue procedure. 

"After 37 years of wearing glasses, the freedom of LASIK has been liberating.  Recently we visited the Florida Keys and for the first time I was able to identify sharks and barracuda without bumping into them." 
- Tom A.

"No more contacts!  From pre-op to post-op and subsequent follow-ups, everyone from the front desk to the clinical staff acted professionally.  All of my questions were answered and everyone made my visits as comfortable as possible.  I was referred by a friend of mine and I wouldn't hesitate to do the same." 
-Leah A.

"I spent over 5 years trying to 'talk myself into it,' and I finally had LASIK!  I was so afraid to have this procedure.  Jennifer and Dr. Bogart made me feel comfortable and at ease.  I spoke to several of my friends who had had LASIK and I even chatted with a few patients in the waiting room during my pre-op exam.  No one had had a bad experience!  On the day of my surgery, the entire staff was reassuring and caring.  I remember the people in the surgical suite cheering me on for the prize of better eyesight!  I have to say that Carolina Eye Center has customer service down!  Now, 3 months later, I still get all of my questions answered and am so happy I decided to have this procedure with Dr. Bogart and the wonderful staff of CEC."

-Brian K.