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What is LASIK (Laser Eye Surgery)?

LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a surgery performed by an Opthalmologist on refractive errors of the eye. It is a notably effective form of treatment for these eye conditions  and is commonly practiced all over the world.

Which Eye Conditions Can Be Treated With LASIK?

  • Nearsightedness (Myopia) – You see nearby objects clearly, but distant objects are blurry
  • Farsightedness (Hyperopia) – You can see distant objects clearly, but nearby objects are blurry
  • Astigmatism – Difficulty seeing objects near or far (blurry or distorted vision)

Depending on the type of eye condition being treated, LASIK can be a permanent alternative to eyeglasses and contact lenses. LASIK is not an option for everyone- your candidacy must be determined through an eye exam and surgical consultation with our Optometrist.

How Does LASIK Work?

You will be awake during the procedure, having received numbing eye drops. Most patients are unable to feel the device used to keep their eyelids open. You are unlikely to feel any pain during the procedure itself.

A laser is used to create a corneal flap; this will temporarily blur your vision, but only during the procedure. The Ophthalmologist will then expose your cornea by pulling the flap back. An excimer laser is used to reshape your cornea tissue (correcting the eye condition you have).

Special instruments are used to put the flap back in place and the healing process begins immediately. The entire procedure will take less than half an hour.

What Can I Expect After LASIK?

After your LASIK procedure you can expect to experience minor irritation or a burning sensation. Your eye may also water. You will be prescribed antibacterial and steroid eye drops post surgery that you will apply for up to one month.

Improved vision within 24 hours can be expected for most patients

Is LASIK Right for Me?

Our Optometrist will need to consider a number of different factors when it comes to assessing your candidacy for surgery. If you find that your corrective eyewear is still experiencing changes to its prescription, you may not be a viable surgery candidate.

For patients who have certain medical or eye conditions (such as Dry Eyes), or have thin corneas, LASIK may not be an option.
To find out if you would be a good LASIK candidate, book an eye exam with our Optometrist.