We will evaluate your eyes and discuss your visual goals to help determine if you are an appropriate candidate for LASIK, PRK, intraocular contact lenses or Cataract Refractive Technology. Our pre-operative evaluation to determine suitability for refractive surgery includes:
- Counseling on the best refractive surgery options for patient specific needs
- Eye dominancy testing
- Review of eye history and refractive stability
- Medical evaluation of the cornea and eye
- Current Refraction Status
If the decision is made to proceed with surgery, your information will be forwarded to a refractive surgery centre. A pre-surgery consult with a refractive surgeon will be scheduled. Post-operative management will be provided by our doctors, and includes multiple visits over a period from the date of surgery to include medical evaluation and management of the vision and corneal healing. Evaluation of any additional needs such as reading glasses, sunglasses, or enhancement laser procedures is also included.
LASIK is currently the most popular vision-correcting or “refractive” surgery available. But there are other options as well. We will help you find the ideal solution for your problem and partner with the best surgeon to perform your procedure.
Introduction to LASIK
LASIK, short form for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. LASIK is the most popular vision correction procedure because of the relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision is usually achieved by the very next day.
A laser is used in LASIK eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. The surgeon then folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove (“ablate”) very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it and correct the underlying prescription. The flap is then laid back in place covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.
Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. In nearsightedness, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea while in farsightedness, a steeper cornea is desired. Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.