The “rumour” that LASIK is one of the safest procedures available today is not just a rumour- it’s a fact. However, a big part of the surgery’s success results from ensuring that patients who have the surgery performed are qualified candidates.
Many eye diseases, allergies, and other medical conditions can eliminate someone as a surgical candidate. While this may be frustrating, it is important that only qualified candidates receive the surgery in order to ensure the best possible chance for a positive outcome and short recovery period.
The refractive errors that impair our vision – myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism – can be corrected via laser refractive surgery. Known by its most popular version, LASIK, refractive surgery provides a long-lasting, often permanent vision correction.
If you’re tired of wearing glasses and you don’t want to wear contact lenses, refractive surgery may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Performed tens of thousands of times every year in Canada, and a sizable multiple of that across the world, refractive surgery is a well-practiced and thoroughly studied procedure. It is one of the safest you can have performed today, with a success rate north of 95%.
Modern surgical techniques have minimized side effects and complications. For the vast majority of patients that receive surgery, the level of discomfort associated is minimal.
Before being referred to a surgeon your eyes will be assessed by an Optometrist. Similar to a comprehensive eye exam, the purpose of this assessment is to ensure your eyes are healthy. Certain medical conditions, diseases, and other complications can rule our laser surgery as an option.
During your consultation with the Optometrist, we will explain the type of procedure we recommend and why. While LASIK is the most popular of laser eye surgeries, it is one of many varieties performed today; other versions of the surgery are better suited for certain eye shapes, sizes, and other qualities.
In the weeks prior to surgery we will outline what to expect, precautions to take, things to consider, and so forth. Surgical prep is minimal on your part, but there are still some things to consider (such as removing contacts for at least a week pre-surgery).
We will provide all the information needed for you to have your procedure safely and with maximum comfort.
Within 1 week of your procedure we will see you back at our office to once again assess your eyes. Despite the low rate of complications among surgery, this postoperative assessment ensures that everything is healing as expected and no issues are developing.
While rare, the risk of side effects exist. These can include:
If you experience a resurgent in any of these symptoms after the surgery, please request an appointment to see an Optometrist as soon as possible.
We have three full-service locations in Downtown Calgary, Lake Bonavista and Huntington Hills.