Laser Eye Surgery Is A Safe and Common Procedure

That alone is a pretty good reason to consider laser eye surgery, even if you haven’t really thought about 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, hyperopia, or presbyopia, you could be a suitable candidate for refractive surgery. Come in for a comprehensive eye exam to establish what level of correction is required, as well as an evaluation of your eye health. We will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery, depending on your corneal thickness and shape, and overall health.

LASIK, LASEK, and PRK are all valid, proven forms of corrective laser surgery.

Which Kind of Surgery Is Best For Me, and How Do I Decide?

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.

  • LASIK – This is by far the most common form of laser corrective surgery in Canada today. Quite simply, a small flap is made in the cornea (at the very front of your eye) and then a laser is used to reshape the cornea, fixing the refractive error. The flap is then laid back down.
  • LASEK – LASEK is a bit different from LASIK in that the flap is thinner, comprising just the epithelium, which it replaced after the surgery. The recovery time is a little longer than LASIK, but the rest of surgery is largely the same.
  • PRK – Slightly different again, the epithelium is removed completely and the laser is applied directly to the front surface of the cornea. Your cornea will naturally grow a new epithelial layer over a period of days, during which time your eye may be quite sensitive.

What to Expect When Choosing Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery is an affordable, long-lasting procedure. Like any elective surgery, it’s important to have realistic and appropriate expectations.

Laser Vision Assessment at Chestermere Optometry

The first thing to do when considering laser eye surgery is to have your eyes assessed by an eye doctor. You will meet with one of our optometrists, who will examine your eyes to ensure that your corneas are 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 who will perform the procedure.

Recovery Is Usually Quick and Uneventful

Following your surgery, you will frequently meet with your optometrist so they can examine your eyes and ensure they are healing properly.

This gives us 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 of the process, in ensuring that you enjoy the maximum benefit from your surgery.

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