Canada was one of the first locations in the world to attempt laser corrective eye surgery, and we’ve come a long way since then. Today it is the most commonly practiced vision correction procedure in North America and boasts excellent success rates in rectifying a host of refractive vision errors. Over 75,000 Canadians benefit from the procedure every year- should you be one of them?
There are 3 different forms of corrective laser surgery, so let’s take a quick look at them so you’re totally clear on the differences.
This is the most common and effective type of laser treatment available today. Using an exceptionally high precision laser, a small flap is made in your cornea (the front part of your eye) and the laser is used to alter your corneal tissue to reverse any refractive errors. Once these errors are fixed, you’ll no longer require corrective lenses!
Sadly not everyone is a suitable candidate for this surgery, for example those with thin corneas. It’s important to have a thorough eye exam to learn which surgery is best for you.
Unlike LASIK, LASEK involves removing the front layer of the cornea entirely, before replacing it at the end of surgery. In PRK, this layer (the epithelial lining) is removed but not replaced; it grows back naturally very quickly (within 1-2 weeks).
Both surgeries are very successful, and often it is simply down to personal preference which option you opt for.
You will be thoroughly prepared before the surgery, allowing you time to make plans (like arranging a driver for after the procedure) and to ensure that you are relaxed, calm and ready.
The procedure is very safe, simple and short. Your eye is anesthetized locally and the precision laser operates for a very short amount of time on each eye. It may be slightly uncomfortable, but should not be painful. Your eyes might also water a bit, but that’s all there is to it!
We will have you back at our practice on multiple occasions following surgery to ensure that you are healing well. The health of your eyes – and your quality of sight – are paramount to us, so we’ll always be there to make sure things are on track. If you require reading glasses (as many of us do) or any further laser treatment, we shall work with you on obtaining them.