Joe Hester, MD, and Christian Hester, MD, are board-certified ophthalmologists who have been treating Southern Arkansas cataract surgery patients for more than three decades, collectively. Their practice, Hester Eye Care, is a full-service eye care center providing a wide range of vision care services. Aside from their expertise in cataract surgery, they are also skilled in cornea and refractive surgical procedures such as LASIK surgery. With two convenient locations in Southern Arkansas, Hester Eye Care is able to meet the eye care needs of local residents and out-of-towners alike.Email the Surgeon
The doctors at Hester Eye Care use a state-of-the-art technique called "no-stitch, micro-incision" cataract surgery. This outpatient procedure, which involves the insertion of premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs) to replace the clouded lenses, is both quick and painless.
Before starting surgery, topical anesthesia is administered, so patients are completely comfortable throughout the entire procedure. The Southern Arkansas cataract surgeon starts the procedure by making a self-sealing incision in the eye. He uses the incision to access the eye's cataract-diseased crystalline lens encased within. During a technique called "phacoemulsification," Dr. Hester uses ultrasound energy to break up the cataractous lens into small fragments, which are then suctioned from or flushed out of the eye. He then replaces the cataract-diseased lens with an IOL.
Hester Eye Care offers a variety of premium IOLs, including ReStor and ReZoom multifocal IOLs which allow the patient to see clearly at multiple distances. With premium IOLs, patients are often able to forgo their daily reliance on glasses and contact lenses.
In addition to cataract surgery, Hester Eye Care offers individuals in Southern Arkansas LASIK, PRK, glaucoma treatments, dry eye treatment, general optical services, and cosmetic services, including BOTOX muscle relaxant, Juvéderm dermal filler and Latisse eyelash-lengthening treatment.
To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hester and learn more about your cataract treatment options, please contact Hester Eye Care by calling (877) 590-1478 today.
"Thanks to Dr. Hester for restoring my eyesight. The Toric lens reduced my astigmatism and I am now glasses free after 40 plus years!" Barbara K
"I didn't realize how bad my vision was until I had my cataracts removed. I can see to tie a hook on my fishing pole again!" Franklin S.
"After having Cataract surgery with Dr. Hester, everything is much clearer. I am able to drive again without worry. Thank you Dr. Hester and staff for taking such great care of me." John F.
Joe Hester, MD, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Hester completed his residency in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He is a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Arkansas Medical Society.
Christian Hester, MD, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business at Hendrix College, where he was awarded the Mosley Economics and Business Award as well as the President's Medal. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he served as president of his class and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Hester next fulfilled his residency in ophthalmology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif., where he served as chief resident. He then completed an advanced training fellowship in cornea, refractive and anterior segment surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Hester has published a number of scholarly papers, contributed to ophthalmology textbooks and lectured nationally on topics pertaining to his field. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Arkansas Medical Society and the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and has held multiple leadership positions in the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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