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Find Out if Laser Eye Surgery is Right for You

Laser eye surgery is becoming one of the most popular refractive error solutions patients seek, and we completely understand the appeal. Laser eye surgery provides patients with the opportunity to correct their refractive errors permanently and helps reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses.

However, not everyone is a match for the procedure. Depending on the health of your eyes, your optometrist can recommend different types of laser eye surgery, or they might advise against laser eye surgery altogether.

If you are interested in laser eye surgery, we offer consultations to help you find out if you can benefit from laser eye surgery, discuss the different types of surgery available, and help you make an informed decision.

Please book your consultation today and let us help you achieve your goal of clear, crisp vision!

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery, sometimes referred to as refractive eye surgery, is a group of operations all designed to help permanently correct refractive errors, including myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism.

However, even after the surgery, you might still be required to wear contact lenses or glasses to make the most of your vision. Please speak to your optometrist if this is the case for you.

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LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery. During the operation, an ophthalmologist makes a small incision in the outer layer (epithelium) of the eye’s lens, creating a hinged flap to grant access to the underlying corneal tissue known as the stroma.

Once the ophthalmologist folds back the flap, an excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal tissue, correcting the refractive error your eyes might have. After this, the ophthalmologist resets the flap back over your cornea to heal.

Cataract surgery is the only way to treat cataracts effectively. During the operation, an ophthalmologist makes a tiny incision on the lens of the eye to grant access to the crystalline lens.

Your ophthalmologist can use one of two methods to remove the cataract:

  • They could use an ultrasound probe that breaks the cataract lens apart and suctions out the fragments.
  • They could make a slightly larger incision that will allow them to extract the cataract lens whole.

Following either approach, the natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL).

Before Your Operation

Before you come in for your surgery, there is a list of things you need to do to make sure the operation and the healing process goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Please make sure you book off a couple of days following the operation to let your eyes heal, and your vision stabilize.
  • If you are going to have cataract or RLE surgery, please start taking the doctor prescribed eye drops 2 days before coming in for your operation.
  • On the day of the surgery, make sure you aren’t wearing any makeup, colognes, fragrances, or any other alcohol-based scents. Alcohol can dehydrate your eye tissues and impede the operation.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing but refrain from wearing clothes that can attract a lot of lint or dust. Generally, this can include fleece or wool clothing. These tiny bits of fluff can end up in or on your eye, causing complications.
  • You won’t be able to drive after your surgery, so please arrange for someone to take you home.

After Your Operation

Following the operation, you will get a pair of special sunglasses that will help protect your eyes from strong light and the elements as they heal. You will also get eye drops to use throughout the healing process.

Please, do not touch your eyes for a couple of days following the surgery. Rubbing your eyes can dislodge the flap made on your cornea, deform the cornea, or introduce outside particles that can irritate your eyes.

There is a chance that you could experience dry eyes while your eyes heal. Dry eyes are a normal part of the healing process, and it can take up to 6 to 12 months for your dry eyes to fully subside. If you have any problems with dry eyes, please contact your eye care team for assistance.

Your eye care team will also book a series of routine follow-up exams to make sure your eyes are healing correctly.

Book Your Consultation Today

If you believe that you might be able to benefit from laser eye surgery, please book a consultation with us today! We can help you find out if the procedure is a good option for you, discuss your options, and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Our office is conveniently located just off College Ave West, right next door to the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and right across the street from OVC Small Animal Clinic. We offer plenty of parking right in front of our clinic. To enter, take the turnoff on to Borden St and come in from behind our building. You can then easily circle in front of the clinic to park!

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21 College Ave West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1R7

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