Achieve High-Definition Vision with LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
At Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser, we recognize that every patient is unique, and we believe in providing individualized care tailored to the needs and goals of each patient. We are not a factory that focuses on “cookie-cutter” care. Instead, we treat our patients with the patience, professionalism, and respect they deserve. And, as natural problem-solvers, we are constantly looking for answers to our patients’ visual hindrances. Years of experience enable us to offer a variety of effective solutions.
If you are tired of relying on eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly, Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser can help. We will evaluate your specific vision challenges and suggest a solution to restore clear vision without dependence on visual aids. Laser vision correction with LASIK is one of the best ways to correct visual impairment from a refractive error, and it often eliminates the need for glasses and contacts. Millions of people have discovered the benefits of LASIK and now enjoy seeing the world in high definition and vivid colors.
With so many options in your laser vision correction care, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about how we can help you. Our eye surgeons have performed tens of thousands of procedures successfully and are some of the most trusted LASIK surgeons in British Columbia. We strive to be knowledgeable, candid and compassionate with our patients.
The Life-Changing Benefits of LASIK
Everyone’s eyes are different, and the benefits of LASIK eye surgery may vary by patient. Some of the most common benefits of LASIK include:
- Clearer and crisper vision
- Saving the high cost of corrective eyewear
- No concern about losing a contact or breaking eyeglasses with more active lifestyles
- Freedom from glasses and contacts from start to end of day
The LASIK experience itself is quick and convenient. Treatment is virtually painless and lasts mere minutes. Minimal recovery is required, and in some cases, vision improves almost immediately after surgery.
How LASIK Works
LASIK treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism (yes, even high amounts of astigmatism), which are common vision conditions that necessitate the daily use of corrective lenses. Individuals with these conditions have an abnormally shaped cornea, which means that light coming into the eye is not able to be properly focused on the retina (thereby causing poor vision). LASIK reshapes the cornea so it does a better job of focusing light on the retina.
Depending on your visual needs, LASIK could either flatten the cornea (if you have nearsightedness), steepen the cornea (for farsightedness) or smooth out corneal irregularities (for astigmatism).
Am I a Candidate for LASIK?
Your candidacy will be evaluated during an in-person appointment with our LASIK surgeons. You might be a candidate for LASIK if you meet the following criteria:
- Generally healthy
- Not pregnant or nursing
- Have sufficiently thick/normal corneas
- Do not suffer from dry eyes, eye infections or another chronic eye conditions
If you do not qualify for LASIK, our team can discuss more suitable alternative treatments, such as PRK or lens replacement surgeries to achieve good vision.
To schedule a consultation to discuss whether you are a candidate for LASIK, please contact Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser at 604-372-(EYES) 3937 today.
What to Expect During Treatment
Prior to LASIK surgery, an eye exam will be performed to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure and to evaluate your specific refractive condition. Since your corneas will be modified, the shape and thickness of your corneal tissue will be examined. Your eye surgeon uses this information to customize your treatment to your needs and goals.
On the day of surgery, your eyes will be numbed with drops, and you may receive a medication to relax you. You will be positioned under the LASIK laser and your eyelids will be gently held open.
A microkeratome or femtosecond laser is used to create a small flap on the surface of your cornea. The flap is folded back to reveal the underlying corneal tissue. An excimer laser beam carefully removes tissue to reshape the cornea. When the cornea has achieved its optimal shape, the flap is repositioned where it seals itself.
You will not feel anything during the procedure other than a little pressure. LASIK / PRK is performed on each eye separately, and each eye takes only about five minutes.
Quick and Easy Recovery
LASIK recovery is generally quick and free of complications. For the first 24 hours after surgery, you will need to wear protective eye shields. You should avoid over-straining the eyes by reading, playing on your phone or computer or watching television for the rest of the day (most LASIK patients sleep). Tearing or sensitivity may occur but are temporary.
You will see our doctors the same or the next day for a post-operative exam. By this point, you might have noticeably improved vision. Your results will continue to improve over the next few days. Some patients are able to achieve 20/20 vision or better! This is why active working individuals choose LASIK for quicker recoveries. So many of them tell us that LASIK is the best thing they have ever done for themselves.
Take the First Step toward Clear Vision
To learn more about the tremendous benefits of LASIK, and to get a glimpse of what life could be like without the need for glasses or contact lenses, please schedule a consultation with our team. Contact Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser at 604-372-(EYES) 3937 today.