Ottawa Laser Eye Surgery

Laser Vision Correction Surgeons and Procedures

Our Procedures

For those considering laser corrective surgery, the options – and many acronyms – can seem a bit confusing and maybe even intimidating. We are here to help you understand the options available, the technology involved, and how we can help. Our goal is not only to use the best available technology to improve our patients’ vision but also to make sure they feel comfortable before we get started.

To learn about our procedures, read through this material and keep in mind that the right option for you is best determined through an appointment with one of our doctors. Reach out today to find a time convenient for you! 

iDesign Diagnostics

The introduction of the iDesign Refractive Studio means data-driven personalized patient care.

iDesign’s advanced diagnostic capabilities are based on a unique blend of Wavefront and topographic technology that allows our surgeons to better, more precisely assess refractive errors thanks to proprietary mapping of the entire optical pathway leading to “topo-integrated” Wavefront-guided procedures. The iDesign Refractive Studio is all about conducting one-of-a-kind planning leading to one-of-a-kind treatment. 

Wavefront Technology

Treats the following conditions:

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One of the difficulties of laser eye surgery is how to properly adjust an irregularity or aberration. After all, the differences between a perfectly shaped eye and an irregularly shaped eye are rather difficult to identify – next to impossible with the naked eye. So how can we? Wavefront technology gives us a precise understanding of your eye’s shape and how it needs to be adjusted so you can see better.

Wavefront technology is a tool used by surgeons to diagnose irregularities in the eye. Using rays of light, Wavefront allows us to create a three-dimensional image of how light is entering and leaving your eye, showing exactly how your eye’s shape is affecting your vision.

This final image is called a Wavefront map, which works with our laser technology to allow our surgeons to perform highly intricate procedures that help our patients achieve their best possible vision without the use of glasses or contacts. Wavefront allows these procedures to be completely personalized, and it also helps greatly reduce night driving glare and halos – two more common side effects of laser eye surgery.

Altogether, 90% of our qualified patients benefit from Wavefront analysis and treatment. For those who don’t qualify for Wavefront, we have an alternative that could work for you (see below under “Standard PRK & Standard SBK Procedures”). 

Intralase SBK Procedure w/ Wavefront LVC

Treats the following conditions:

When performing Intralase SBK procedures, we use what is called a Femtosecond laser. This cool-beam laser allows us to remove a very thin layer of the cornea, which makes it safer and leads to quicker recovery times compared to LASIK. Additionally, patients who undergo SBK have fewer instances of dry eye compared to LASIK, experience less light sensitivity, and deal with fewer complications. 

PRK Procedure w/ Wavefront LVC

Treats the following conditions:

PRK is a bit different from other laser eye procedures in that, instead of creating a flap in the cornea, the surgeon completely removes a portion of the outer portion of the cornea, called the epithelial layer, which then grows back over a few days. PRK is considered the safest laser procedure in the short-term and is actually the original laser vision corrective method, predating LASIK and Intralase SBK.

Standard PRK & Standard SBK Procedures

Treats the following conditions:

If you do not qualify for a Wavefront procedure, our Standard PRK and Standard SBK procedures might be exactly what you need. Once you set up an appointment and come in for a consultation, we’ll make sure you understand the options you have as well as our recommendations.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Treats the following conditions:

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is also known as Refractive Lensectomy which more information can be found on the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s site here:

Monovision Procedure

Treats the following conditions:

Monovision is a procedure that can be applied to any of the above procedures, including SBK, and PRK. With Monovision, one eye is treated to see better in the distance while the other eye is treated for closer vision needs. The goal of this procedure is for patients to no longer need reading glasses, or at least not need them nearly as much.

Laser Eye Correction Surgeons in Ottawa

Meet Our Surgeons

Dr. Davin Johnson


Davin Johnson, MD, FRCS(C) is a refractive and cataract surgeon, as well as cornea and external disease specialist.  He is on Faculty as an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University School of Medicine.  

Dr. Johnson completed his pre-med studies on a Principal’s Scholarship before undertaking four years of medical school and a five-year residency in Ophthalmology, all at Queen’s University.  He completed his Fellowship training at the University of Montreal, specializing in corneal, anterior segment surgery.

Dr. Johnson has practiced as a general Ophthalmologist in Kingston, Ontario, managing ophthalmic emergencies as well as chronic diseases of the eye along with cataract, glaucoma and eyelid surgery.  

Dr. Johnson has developed and implemented a surgical teaching curriculum for Ophthalmology residents.  His research includes investigations of Keratoconus as well as the use of 3D printers in Ophthalmology and medical education.   He was recently the first to use a 3D printer to create affordable ophthalmic surgical devices as well as an artificial cornea that does not require sutures. 

Dr. Johnson has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals, including The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, JAMA, and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Focus Eye Centre has a team of dedicated Surgeons who work alongside our Medical Director, Dr. Davin Johnson, FRCSC. Other doctors' bios will be posted soon.

Laser Vision Correction. Is it right for me?

At Focus Eye, it is our pleasure to help patients achieve the vision of their dreams. If you’re interested in laser corrective surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out to talk. We always offer free, no-obligation consultations.