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Laser Eye Surgery is a Safe Procedure That Can

Permanently Eliminate the Need for Corrective Lenses.

Tired of Wearing Glasses? Don’t Want to Wear Contact Lenses? Laser Eye Surgery May be a Solution

If you’re tired of wearing corrective lenses and want to return to vision without their assistance, laser eye surgery is a great option. The procedure is safe, very successful, and typically little more than mildly uncomfortable.

You’ve probably heard of laser eye surgery advertised on the radio or TV as LASIK, with these ads quick to tout the many benefits that LASIK surgery offers. LASIK is the most popular version of laser eye surgery, yes, though it is one of three popular variations of the procedure performed here in Alberta.

During your consultation with the optometrist we will walk you through the results of our assessment, the version of the procedure that is best suited for you, and what the appropriate next steps are.

A brief overview of the surgery – Laser eye surgery is a well-understood and practiced procedure, with tens of thousands of procedures being performed in Canada every year. It is one of the safest surgical procedures you can have, with a success rate well north of 95%.

The procedure takes approximately 1 hour to perform, though only 15 minutes of that is actual surgery (the rest is prep).

The eye is numbed and thoroughly disinfected/cleaned. Once ready, your eye is held open using specialized equipment and the surgeon gets to work. You will be asked to stare at a fixed point (clearly identified prior to surgery so you know what to expect). The laser itself is only activated for 5 – 90 seconds (as required to correct your refractive error).

You will be observed for a brief period post surgery and then released. You will not be able to drive, so please ensure you have arranged transportation.

Types of procedures available
– In Canada there are three main versions of laser eye surgery performed: LASIK, LASEK, and PRK. While each accomplishes the same outcome, the process of accessing the corneal cells varies among each.

  • LASIK – laser assisted in situ keratomileusis – A flap in the epithelial cells on top of the cornea is created using a keratome. The surgeon folds the flap to the side, exposing the cornea, and then directs the laser to correct vision. LASIK is considered the version of the surgery with the shortest recovery periods and least likelihood of complications.
  • LASEK – laser epithelial keratomileusis – In LASEK, the surgeon completely removes the epithelial flap, preserving the flap in solution and placing it back over the eye once the surgery is complete. Compared to LASIK, LASEK has a slightly longer recovery period and may cause a bit more discomfort. However, it is applicable to a larger base of patients.
  • PRK – photorefractive keratectomy – In PRK, the epithelial flap is discarded completely. The eye will grow new epithelial cells within a few days of surgery. PRK is ideal for those with thin corneas, or for those where complications from the epithelial flap may arise. PRK has the longest recovery period of the three, but also the lowest chances of complications related to the epithelial flap.

Who is a candidate for surgery? The vast majority of Canadians with corrective lenses are suitable for surgery. In order to be a candidate your eyes must be in good health- prior injuries, infections, or eye surgeries may rule out laser eye surgery as an option.

Laser eye surgery can correct most refractive errors and prescriptions. It can also be used to treat presbyopia, though its results are usually not permanent in the case of presbyopia.

Suitable for nearly all prescriptions and refractive errors, laser eye surgery is a powerful process that utilizes a precision laser to physically reshape the cornea and correct the refractive error that causes impaired vision.

Before having surgery performed, your eyes must be assessed in order to ensure they are suitable for surgery. Visit one of our four offices – located in High River, Nanton, Okotoks, and Vulcan – to have your eyes assessed by an optometrist.

Find our locations or request your appointment online.

Risks & Potential Side Effects

Like all surgeries, laser eye surgery has the potential for side effects and complications. While the risk is low, it is important that you are informed so that you have the information needed to make an educated decision. During the consultation we will clearly inform you of potential side effects.

While low, risks for side effects do exist (though they are most often temporary). If you experience the side effects below, please make an appointment to see us at your earliest convenience. Side effects can include:

  • Symptoms similar to dry eye
  • Mild discomfort and irritation
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Sensitivity to light, especially to glare
  • Halos/auras around light sources
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Ghosting

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Mailing:
Box 6137, 812 Centre St SE,
High River AB, T1V 1Y1

Email: info@eyes360.ca

High River

812 Centre Street S.E.
High River, AB, T1V 1Y1
T - (403) 601-2713
E - info@eyes360.ca

Mon 9am - 5pm
Tues 10am - 8pm
Wed 9am - 5pm
Thur 9am - 8pm
Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 5pm

Vulcan

112 1 St S
Vulcan, AB, T0L 2B0
T - (403) 485-2177
E - v.eyes360@gmail.com

Tues 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm

Nanton

2219 20th St
Nanton, AB, T0L 1R0
T - (403) 646-3200
E - nantoneyes360@gmail.com

Mon 9am - 5pm
Tues 9am - 5pm
Wed 9am - 3pm
Thurs 9am - 5pm
Fri 9am - 1pm

Okotoks

27D McRae St
Okotoks, AB, T1S 1A5
T - (403) 938-2191
E - okotoks@eyes360.ca

Mon 9am - 5pm
Tues 9am - 6pm
Wed 9am - 6pm
Thur 9am - 8pm
Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 1pm