That alone is a pretty good reason to consider laser eye surgery, even if you haven’t really considered it before. Performed on over 75,000 Canadians every single year, the success rates are through the roof with over 95% of patients pleased with the results.
If you suffer from myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia, you could be a suitable candidate for laser treatment. We’ll get you in for a comprehensive eye exam to establish what level of correction is required, as well as an evaluation of your eye health. Not everyone is a good candidate for surgery, depending on your corneal thickness, shape, and overall health.
LASIK, LASEK and PRK are all valid, proven forms of corrective laser surgery.
On the face of it, you may be surprised to learn that there isn’t simply one laser surgery procedure which caters to all patients. The differences, as with many fields, arise from advancements in technology over the years.
This is by far the most common form of laser corrective surgery in Canada today. Quite simply, a small flap is made in the epithelial layer (at the very front of your eye) and then concentrated lasers are directed onto the cornea, reshaping it and fixing the refractive error.
LASEK is a bit different from LASIK in that the epithelium is actually removed entirely, then replaced after the surgery. The recovery time is a little longer than LASIK, but the rest of surgery is largely the same.
Slightly different again, the epithelium is removed and discarded. You will naturally grow a new layer over a period of days, during which time your eye may be quite sensitive.
Laser eye surgery is an affordable, long-lasting procedure. Like any procedure, it’s important to have realistic and appropriate expectations.
The first thing to do when choosing laser eye surgery is to have your eyes assessed by an eye doctor. You will meet with your optometrist so they can examine your eye to ensure that the cornea is suitable for surgery and that there are no underlying problems with your eye health. This examination will also determine which procedure is best suited for your eyes.
If you are a candidate (most Canadians are), we will provide you with a referral to an ophthalmologist’s office where your procedure will be performed.
Laser eye surgery is a short procedure, with the surgery taking around 15 minutes. With pre-surgery preparation, the total time required is between 1.5 and 2 hours.
During the procedure, the first thing the surgeon does is apply a local anesthetic to the eye to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery. Your eye will then undergo surgery, which will involve a slight feeling of pressure, sensations of tugging, and other unfamiliar feelings. You will the be asked to look at a fixed point for roughly a minute- during this time, the laser will be activated for a period ranging between 5 to 60 seconds.
Once complete, the surgical team will provide you with protection for the eye (via an eye patch or other type of physical protection) and you will released.
You should plan to be picked up after the surgery, as your vision may be blurred or unsettled for a number of days while the epithelial layer (the layer of the cornea which is opened for surgery) heals over or grows back (depending on the surgery).
Side effects from the surgery are not too uncommon, though they are usually mild. They include:
If these symptoms cause significant discomfort, or persist past a few days, please schedule an appointment with our office so we can address your symptoms.
Within a week of your surgery, you will meet back at our office with your optometrist so we can examine the eye and ensure it is healing properly.
This gives your optometrist a chance to see how well you are recovering, assess how your visual acuity is progressing, and address any side effects you may be experiencing.
This post-operative care is an important part in ensuring that you enjoy the maximum amount of vision correction possible from your surgery.