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Refractive Surgery (LASIK, etc.) Is a Safe & Effective Way to Correct Refractive Errors of the Eye

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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 astigmatism, myopia, or hyperopia, refractive corrective surgery is an option that may reduce or eliminate your need for corrective lenses. Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, there are several forms of refractive surgery. While each is a different take on the procedure, the end result is the same: your refractive correction is reduced or nearly eliminated.

For most people that receive the surgery, corrective lenses no longer need to be used. In most cases the use of some form of corrective lenses may be required down the road.

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.

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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.

More Information About Refractive Surgery

There are several versions of laser refractive surgery performed today. The most popular are:

  • LASIK – Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis – is the most popular version of laser refractive surgery. In this version of the surgery, a small flap is made in the cornea using a laser keratome or microkeratome. The flap is pulled back, exposing the cornea, which is then reshaped using a high powered laser.

    The flap is returned to original position, acting as a natural band-aid. It heals quickly and does not require stitches.

  • PRK – Photorefractive keratectomy – is very similar to LASIK. The primary difference is that no corneal flap is created during PRK. Instead, the tissue is removed completely. The removed epithelial layer is regrown by the eye. The short-term recovery time is longer with PRK compared to LASIK/LASEK.

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 a couple of weeks, though care should be taken to ensure that you do not accidently 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.

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