Laser Vision Correction in Ottawa & Kingston
What to Expect
Eastern Ontario Laser Vision Correction
Laser Vision Correction has been Government approved in Canada for over 30 years and has proven to be a safe and effective means to reduce and often eliminate the need for classes or contacts.
Laser Vision Correction can be an intimidating. That is why our team is committed to being with you each step of the way, making sure you understand our procedures, your options, and what to expect. If you’d like to learn more about laser eye surgery and your options, don’t hesitate to reach out for a no-charge, no-obligation Consultation.
The first step to understanding your options is a Consultation at our clinic. While there is plenty of information available online about laser eye surgery, you simply can’t know which route is right for you without a full examination. At this Consultation, we will provide an overview of our three types of procedures – PRK, Intralase SBK, and Refractive Cataract surgery – and make sure you understand the basics of each. Determining which procedure may be right for you depends on a number of factors, including whether or not you’ve previously had eye surgery, the overall health of your eyes, and the unique shape of your eyes. To learn more about the procedures we offer, visit the Procedures & Surgeons page.
To figure out if you qualify for laser eye surgery, and to understand which option is right for you, we’ll conduct a full examination of your eyes. That means we will need to dilate your pupils for the exam, so we suggest that you bring a pair of sunglasses with you or bring someone who can drive for you. We’ll also go over all of your medical records to make sure there’s nothing that could pose complications.
This Consultation is a medical examination performed by one of our Optometrists, and is complimentary (no charge), and there is no obligation to move forward with surgery.
If you’ve been thinking about how your life would improve without the need for glasses and contacts, head over to our Contact page to get in touch and book your Consultation!
Day of Surgery
Laser Vision Correction
Your Laser Vision Correction procedure will likely be easy, pain free and brief. Many patients are surprised when they’re able to read the clock on the wall immediately following their procedure.
While laser eye surgery is a complex and intricate surgery, modern technology – combined with a highly talented surgical team – makes the procedure a straightforward process.
Throughout the procedure, our number one concern is your safety and comfort.Your eyes will be numbed using medicated drops. Then the surgeon will perform a brief procedure at the corneal level of the eye. Altogether, procedures typically last less than thirty minutes.
Your Ophthalmologist may ask you not to eat any solid food at least 6 hours before your surgery.
Here are the steps involved in Cataract Surgery:
- Your eye will be numbed with eye drops or with an injection around the eye. You may also be given a medicine to help you relax.
- You will be awake during surgery. You may see light and movement during the procedure, but you will not see what the doctor is doing to your eye.
- Your surgeon looks through a special microscope. H/she creates tiny incisions near the edge of your cornea. The surgeon uses these incisions to reach the lens in your eye. Using very small instruments, they will break up the lens with the cataract and remove it. Then they put your new lens into place.
- Usually your surgeon will not need to stitch the incisions closed; these “self sealing” incisions will close by themselves over time. A shield will be placed over your eye to protect it while you heal from surgery.
- You will rest in a recovery area for about 15–30 minutes. Then you will be ready to go home.
Laser Vision Correction
After the procedure, it is most important to take it easy for 48 to 72 hours. Often times, patients experience blurry vision for a few days after the surgery. This is to be expected and is not something to worry about. By Day 2, you should be able to return to normal activities. After three to five days, you should be able to return to work. That said, recovery is unique to each patient. It is important to pay attention to how you are feeling and what your visual recovery is like and allow these primary indicators to guide the healing process.
We will schedule a post-operative appointment, to take place within three days of your surgery.
Your vision will probably be blurred for a short period, but it should clear in an hour or two. You can anticipate some “floaters” following this procedure, however, these will likely resolve within a few weeks. Your eyes will be checked later to make sure the eye pressure is normal. Additionally, in the days or weeks after surgery:
- You may have to use eye drops after surgery. Be sure to follow your doctor’s directions for using these drops.
- Avoid getting soap or water directly in the eye.
- Do not rub or press on your eye. Your ophthalmologist/surgeon may ask you to wear eyeglasses or a shield to protect your eye.
- You may need to wear a protective eye shield when you sleep.
- Your ophthalmologist/surgeon will talk with you about how active you can be soon after surgery, and will tell you when you can safely exercise, drive and do other activities.
Let’s talk about your vision and how we can improve it.
At Focus Eye it is our pleasure to help people achieve their finest-possible vision. If you are interested in laser eye surgery, please be in touch. We offer no-charge, no-obligation Consultations at our clinics in Ottawa, Kingston and Kelowna.