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Freedom, Fireworks and the Watermelon 5k

7/3/15 12:21 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in Community

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What American doesn’t love the Fourth of July? Not one American, that’s who. No matter what the great citizens of this land may disagree about, we can all agree on how much we love fireworks and how grateful we are for freedom.

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Two Things You Should Know About Artificial Tears

6/24/15 11:30 AM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in Eye Care

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I don’t think think the subject of artificial tears is boring, because there is actually a lot of really interesting science behind why different artificial tears do different things. That could also mean that I’m just a really boring person, but I don’t want to examine that possibility too closely because I’m afraid of what I’ll find out. I have a feeling I may uncover why my name is “accidentally” left off of many a party invitation list. It’s a shame too because I have a lot of samples of artificial tears that I could bring.

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“What if I blink or move my eye during LASIK?”

6/22/15 3:13 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Surgery

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The last thing I make sure to tell patients before LASIK is that the result of the procedure is not dependent on how good they are at holding their eye still. Everyone secretly (or openly) worries that they will cause a permanent problem by a momentary weakness blinking or moving their eye.

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My First-Hand Experience Recovering from Surgery

6/11/15 3:15 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Surgery, Refractive Surgery

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Four days ago, I was in the operating room, and while normally that would just mean it was a LASIK day (the best kind of day), it was different this time because I was the patient. I found out a year and a half ago that I needed to have surgery on my nose to make it work, and this week—planned way back then—the day finally arrived. I assumed for half my life that most people can’t breathe out of both nostrils, but then I found out that was just me. I’ve also taken 8 or 12 ibuprofen a day for the last few years because of constant headaches, and I found out a year and a half ago that it is because I have (had, I guess now) big, gross polyps in my sinuses that have given me bad sinus headaches for a long time. It seems ridiculous now, that I never stopped to think “wow, I take an insane amount of Advil,” but I never really thought about it one way or the other. Once you do something for a while, it becomes routine, and once it is routine, you don’t really stop to think about it much.

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Can Any Ophthalmologist Perform LASIK?

6/10/15 11:47 AM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Ophthalmology

Chris Rock once said, “You can drive a car with your feet, that don’t make it a good idea.” And it made me laugh for a long time. He was talking about something besides whether or not any ophthalmologist is qualified to do LASIK, almost certainly something more offensive, but the point still stands when borrowing it for this topic.

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ASCRS: The Refractive Surgeon’s Woodstock

6/4/15 11:09 AM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in LASIK, Refractive Surgery, Refractive Lens Exchange

What does ASCRS stand for, you may wonder? And if not, then you almost certainly are thinking about it now because when you read something, you’re deciding to let a writer put some thoughts into your brain. A giraffe wearing a very long turtleneck. See? Neat.

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Shblogs: Internet History in the Making

5/28/15 3:41 PM / by Joel Hunter MD

Believe it or not, I am so verbose and boring that the long blogs you’ve read on here are actually edited down from much longer versions. So, from here on out, when possible I’ll be posting a short blog or as I will call it from now on, a… drum rollllll… shblog. (The “sh” stands for short no matter what you may hear from any rumor mongering surrounding this blog.)

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Jason Brinton MD: Top Doctor, Personal Friend

5/26/15 1:15 PM / by Joel Hunter MD posted in Press

Jason Brinton MD joined Hunter Vision at the end of 2014. When my brother Josh and I started figuring out what Hunter Vision would look like back in 2005, another doctor joining the practice was never a part of the plan. Of course, back then we thought the place would be called Hunter LASIK, so what did we know?

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Bloog from a Stone

5/22/15 11:15 AM / by Joel Hunter MD

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog for this website. Kate tells me that it has been almost a year, and between you and me, she doesn’t look happy about it. “Who is this Kate?” you may wonder. “Why is she so hard on you about these blogs?” you are probably asking. “You do so much… you deserve a nice nap,” you might be thinking right now. Well, I’m with you, and I appreciate how protective—really almost biased—you are.

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Hunter Vision introduces Central Florida to newest lens in cataract and refractive surgery

2/27/15 2:38 PM / by Shawn Romano posted in LASIK

Orlando, FL— Drs. Joel Hunter and Jason Brinton are Central Florida refractive eye surgeons practicing at Hunter Vision — a refractive eye surgery practice dedicated to treating patients with some of the most advanced technologies and techniques the field has to offer.

According to Dr. Brinton, a refractive lens specialist, there are many reasons a patient may not be a great candidate for LASIK surgery. Fortunately, for those patients there are other wonderful procedures available to correct vision. Dr. Brinton says, “Often patients will come to our office with the idea that LASIK can fix all of their vision issues. While LASIK is an amazing procedure with incredible outcomes, it has limitations when the vision issue is caused by an aging lens inside the eye.” For those patients who are usually over the age of 40, refractive lens exchange or cataract surgery can be a great option to correct and restore both near and distance vision.

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