Laser refractive surgery (LASIK, etc.) is a safe and effective way to correct refractive errors of the eye.
You’ve probably seen or heard ads for laser vision correction. LASIK – the most popular and commonly advertised variant of laser refractive surgery – is a safe procedure that is performed on millions of Canadians and Americans every year.
If you have low astigmatism or myopia, laser corrective surgery may be an option to reduce or eliminate your need for corrective lenses. Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, there are several forms of laser refractive surgery. While each is a different take on the procedure, the end result is the same: your cornea is reshaped to correct refractive errors.
In order to receive the surgery you must first undergo a comprehensive eye exam and surgical assessment. During the exam we carefully measure the shape and size of your eyes, the level of correction required, as well as determine if you are a qualified candidate or not.
A successful result from corrective surgery depends on having precise measurements of the eye as well as being a good candidate overall. Request an appointment where we will assess your eyes, explain the procedure best suited for you, and provide information on next steps, what to expect, etc.
There are several versions of laser refractive surgery performed today. The most popular are:
The actual surgical procedure only takes 10-15 minutes per eye. You will not be required to stay overnight, but will be kept for a few hours post surgery to monitor your recovery. Note that you will need a safe way to get home, as you will not be able to drive immediately post surgery.
You will be sent home with an eye patch and asked to rest for a few days post surgery. You will also be restricted from pools, hot tubs, and saunas for several weeks. Contact sports can be gradually reintroduced after 6-8 weeks, though care should be taken to ensure that you do not accidentally injure your eye or cause complications (especially for LASIK/LASEK surgeries).
Vision correction will happen rapidly, improving over the course of several days to a couple of weeks. Mild post-surgical discomfort is expected, though it generally abates after a week or two.
We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.