It’s true that laser eye surgery, most commonly referred to as “LASIK”, is a safe and effective way to correct the refractive errors that require you to wear corrective lenses. Laser eye surgery is one of the safest surgeries performed in Canada today; tens of thousands of Canadians have the surgery performed every year.
The entire procedure, including preparation, takes under an hour.
The biggest benefit laser eye surgery provides is convenience. Imagine: you’ll never have to clean your glasses again; never run out of contact lens solution by accident; never have to worry about where you left your glasses.
After LASIK, your eyes will see great all the time!
LASIK is suitable for just about anyone. If you have healthy eyes, chances are that you are a great candidate for laser eye surgery.
Schedule an appointment to have your surgical candidacy assessed by an optometrist.
LASIK is a great option for most, but it isn’t right for everyone. Prior to surgery, your eye health must be assessed by an eye care professional to ensure they are healthy enough undergo the procedure.
Refractive errors influence your vision by changing the way light enters your eye. In a normal eye, light enters through the lens (cornea) and comes to a focus on the retina. Refractive errors change the focal point of light, making light come to focus before or “behind” the retina.
LASIK uses a powerful laser to physically correct the refractive error in the eye. It does this by reshaping the cornea, and in so doing, light is able to properly enter the eye and focus where it should.
Prior to surgery, we will assess your eye to determine its health and suitability. We will also take detailed measurements of your eye, which are used by the ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) to inform the amount of vision correction required.
On the day of surgery you will be prepped. Your eye and surrounding tissues are frozen and cleaned. The actual surgery takes just a few minutes per eye.
A small flap of epithelial cells is peeled away from your cornea. When the cornea is exposed, a laser is used to reshape the cells- a process that takes less than a minute. When completed, the epithelial flap is put back into place and closed.
After brief observation, you’re released and good to go home!
Despite being an overwhelmingly safe procedure, like all surgeries, a small risk of complications exists. Surgical side effects, when experienced, and generally temporary. Please visit our optometrist if you are experiencing any of the side effects below: