ACHIEVE HIGH-DEFINITION VISION WITH LASIK LASER EYE SURGERY

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 colours.

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.

Dr. Gabriel Chu ‐ his LASIK story

Dr. Joseph King ‐ his LASIK story

LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

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
  • Enjoy an active lifestyle without worrying about losing a contact or breaking your eyeglasses
  • Freedom from glasses and contacts from the start to the end of the day
  • Save money by getting rid of glasses and contacts

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.

LASIK Laser Eye 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 stable vision
  • Have sufficiently thick/normal corneas
  • Do not suffer from dry eyes, eye infections, or other 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. Learn about the other options that we offer:

To schedule a consultation to discuss whether you are a candidate for LASIK, please contact Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser at today.

LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

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 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 and PRK is performed on each eye separately, and each eye takes only about five minutes.

LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

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 and avoid over-straining the eyes by reading, using handheld devices or computers, or watching TV.  Most LASIK patients sleep. Tearing or sensitivity may occur but are temporary.

Within 24 hours, you might have noticeably improved vision. Your results will continue to improve over the next few days. Some patients benefit from 20/20 vision or better after laser eye surgery! This is why active working individuals choose LASIK for quicker recoveries.

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 today.

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LASIK & PRK LASER EYE SURGERY

For some patients, photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is an alternative to LASIK.  Similar to LASIK, PRK involves reshaping the cornea to treat refractive errors.  During PRK, a very thin layer of the corneal tissue is removed using a laser.  The tissue layer is then allowed to re-grow and the eye is protected by a bandage contact lens for 3 to 5 days.

LASIK is the popular option for laser eye procedures because the healing is quicker and more comfortable than PRK.  However, in some cases, such as people with thin corneas, PRK is a safer procedure.  At Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser, our refractive team will exam your eyes and run diagnostic tests to determine the best refractive surgery for you and your lifestyle.

TESTIMONIALS &

OUR REVIEWS

Amazing staff! Every member of the staff made each part of my experience more comfortable. Staff members were very knowledgeable and answered all my questions as well as told me what to expect with PRK. I am very happy with my experience and would definitely recommend Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser to others!
Chris M.