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If you’re looking for a vision correction option but aren’t interested in glasses and contacts, you may benefit from laser eye surgery.

Refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism can all be corrected with laser eye surgery. There are limitations and qualifications to be considered, though. Discuss your options with our optometrists.

LASIK for Clear Vision

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Visit us for a comprehensive eye exam where we can check the health of your eyes. The most common laser eye surgery performed is laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). To have LASIK, you need to meet certain eye health markers, such as:

  • A stable prescription
  • Healthy corneas
  • Being over 18 (but ideally over 21)
  • Good overall health
  • No serious history of eye infections
  • No severe dry eyes
  • No keratoconus or advanced glaucoma

If LASIK isn’t the right laser eye surgery for you, we can explore other options like wavefront-LASIK surgery or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).

If you’re a good candidate, you can book your procedure with a LASIK clinic. They will give you specific instructions for preparing for your surgery, like refraining from wearing contact lenses for several weeks and arranging transportation to and from the clinic.

LASIK is generally a quick procedure. Your eyes will be numbed with drops, and you may be given medication to help you relax.

The surgeon will place a suction ring that holds your eye open, then cut a hinged flap to access the part of the cornea that needs reshaping.

The laser used to reshape the cornea is programmed for your eyes. If you need both eyes done, it will usually happen at the same appointment.

Following LASIK, your eyes may feel scratchy or gritty for a day or 2. You’ll be asked to rest them and wear an eye shield at night to help them heal, and you may be given medicated drops.

Plan to visit your optometrist a few days after the surgery, then regularly for follow-up.

It generally takes 2 to 3 months for your vision to fully stabilize, but you will be able to see right away. 8 out of 10 people no longer need corrective lenses for most activities following LASIK.

Laser Eye Surgery Risks

No surgery is without risk. Some of the risks of LASIK include:

  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Hazy, foggy or blurry vision
  • Scratchy eye
  • Glare
  • Halos (rings) or starbursts around lights
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Small pink or red patches of blood on the white of the eye that go away over time

Every attempt is made to avoid these side effects by ensuring you’re a good candidate for LASIK. Many post-surgical symptoms will ease over time. If you’re concerned about the potential risks, please discuss them with your eye doctor and ask questions. We can find the right corrective option for you.

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Calgary Downtown

  • Suite 110, 840 7 Avenue SW
  • Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G2

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Lake Bonavista

  • #630, 12100 Macleod Trail SE
  • Calgary, Alberta T2J 7G9

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Huntington Hills

  • 6530 4 Street NE
  • Calgary, Alberta T2K 6H2

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