You’ve tried glasses and you’ve tried contact lenses but nothing seems to fit your lifestyle quite right. Have you considered laser eye surgery? Since the 1990’s people all over the world have enjoyed the clarity and freedom that comes with ditching their glasses and contact lenses for good.
Laser eye surgery is a big step, so you will want to do some research beforehand. To help you determine if laser eye surgery is right for you we offer consultation appointments. During your appointment we will offer a preoperative evaluation and identify whether laser eye surgery or other refractive surgery options are right for your eyes.
We are proud to be partners with Horizon Laser Vision Centre, a Saskatchewan based laser vision centre that specializes in LASIK and PRK eye surgeries and uses only the best and most advanced technology available.
If you do decide to get laser eye surgery we also offer post-operative care so that you can have a comfortable and speedy recovery.
LASIK is one of the most popular refractive surgery procedures in the world, and was specifically developed to reduce recovery time and minimize the risk of infection. During the procedure the ophthalmologist will create a flap in the outer layers of the cornea, carefully folding it back to reveal the middle layers.
A laser is then used to reshape the middle layers, correcting the refractive area. The ophthalmologist will carefully fold the flap back into place once the middle layers of the cornea have been reshaped.
LASIK patients can expect to enjoy clear vision within twenty four hours of their operation and fully stable vision within a week. After your surgery we will schedule you for an appointment to check on your eyes and ensure they are healing properly.
PRK was the first type of laser surgery available for vision correction, and is the predecessor to LASIK eye surgery. PRK is a procedure that reshapes the cornea using a laser so that it properly focuses light on your retina, improving vision.
The main difference between PRK and LASIK is that during LASIK surgery a thin flap is cut in the corneal tissue and folded back, allowing the surgeon to access the underlying tissue while during PKR the outer layer of the cornea (called the epithelium) is removed. During the healing process the epithelium repairs itself over the course of a few days.
Though LASIK remains the most popular form of laser eye surgery PRK has its benefits, particularly for people with thin corneas or for those for whom a dislodged flap would be a serious complication.
RLE, or Refractive Lens Exchange is often the best option for those with myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia, as well as some lens disorders such as cataracts. In this surgery method, the natural lens is removed using ultrasound technology. The replacement lens is inserted folded through a tiny incision. The new lens then unfolds into place. This variation only takes about 15 minutes per eye and has a shorter healing process.
ReLEx SMILE is the newest innovation in corrective surgery, but currently is only available for myopia patients. This surgery is done through a smaller incision than in other refractive surgeries, making it much less invasive. There is no reason to create a flap of your cornea, meaning your eye stays intact through the entire procedure. Your cornea remains stable from beginning to end with a shorter recovery period.
During your laser eye surgery consultation we will assess your eyes and determine if you are a candidate for laser eye surgery. This will include assessing your overall health, as well as taking closer look at your eyes to determine which, if any, surgery is right for you.
As with any surgery your overall health is important. Individuals with serious diseases such as uncontrolled or unstable diabetes, or eye diseases such as amblyopia, keratoconus, or glaucoma are typically ineligible for laser eye surgery. Pregnant woman, individuals under eighteen years of age and individuals with unstable vision are also not good candidates for surgery.
During your consultation we will also go over the risks related to laser eye surgery, and offer you information on the procedure and the recovery process.
Like any surgery there are precautions you need to take after undergoing laser eye surgery. You should arrange for someone to drive you home from your surgery, and you should ensure you do not do the following.
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Warman Eyecare is worth the visit! Stop in to say hi, and to meet our staff. We’re down the street from the high school on Klassen Street and 6th Avenue, directly behind the Tim Hortons.
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