What is LASIK
LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. The LASIK procedure reshapes the front surface (cornea) of the eye to enable light entering the eye to focus on the retina without glasses or contact lenses. We offer All Laser LASIK or Bladeless LASIK surgery.
We offer a variety of treatment options best suited to patients’ needs: LASIK and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of refractive errors in the eye, including presbyopia, Corneal Cross Linking (CXL) used in the treatment of Keratoconus, and Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) to manage corneal dystrophies such as granular dystrophy, scars on the cornea and a condition called recurrent epithelial erosion syndrome (REES).
Benefits of LASIK
- Offers advanced laser vision correction technology to accurately evaluate your candidacy and provide the best results
- Provides the desired vision outcome
- Improvement is nearly immediate
- No bandages or stitches
- Dramatic reduction and removal of glasses or contact lenses dependence
- Take less than 10 mins to successfully complete your surgery
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Team Process (Prior to Surgery)
- Meet with team to collect patient information and discuss options
- Complete diagnostics
- Confirm surgery and recommend your best option
- Verification of prescription to ensure accuracy of results
- Surgical counselling to explain the different steps and provide necessary information
- Surgical process to reshape the cornea of the eye is completed
- Dr. Jackman and his team will guide you through the whole process to make it as easy and as comfortable as possible.
What is the success rate of LASIK?
LASIK has a success rate of 99%!! The latest research reports 99 percent of patients achieve better than 20/40 vision and more than 90 percent achieve 20/20 or better. In addition, LASIK has an unprecedented 96 percent patient satisfaction rate – the highest of any elective procedure. (Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Vol. 42, Issue 8, August 2016, Pages 1224-1234).
Is LASIK painful?
NO! Typically, our patients feel pressure around the eye but thanks to the use of anesthetic or numbing drops, most of our patients are very comfortable during the procedure. The procedure is very weird, and not normal for someone who has not had it before, but we want to ensure that the experience is as painless as possible.
How long will my recovery take?
Typically, the recovery after LASIK will take 24 hours. There will still be healing after this time but resting for the first 24 hours will allow you to have the best possible outcome. By the next day, you can then begin to enjoy the benefits of life-changing laser vision correction.
Can I go blind or lose my vision with LASIK?
No! Fortunately, no one has gone blind after surgery with us and LASIK is considered one of the safest medical procedures performed today. Fortunately, any complications are very rare, minor and treatable.
What is the difference between LASIK and PRK
PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, laser eye surgery is similar to LASIK eye surgery in that both procedures use the same laser to reshape the cornea or front surface of the eye. However, during the LASIK procedure, the surgeon preserves the epithelium or ‘skin’ of the eye (the outermost protective layer of the eye) by creating a ‘flap’. During PRK vision correction, the epithelium, or ‘skin’ of the eye, is removed by gently scraping the surface (i.e. no flap is created). Anesthetic or numbing drops are used in the eye ensure that the patient is comfortable for the entire procedure. PRK laser eye surgery typically has a longer healing time and greater postoperative discomfort than LASIK.
How is LASIK different than RLE?
LASIK is a corneal based surgery where a laser reshapes the front surface of the eye. RLE is a LENS based surgery, where surgery is done inside the eye on the lens of the eye. RLE also involves the insertion of a permanent intraocular lens.
Do you do Blade-Free LASIK surgery?
Yes, we offer All Laser Correction for our patients. We have the latest technology, including the Intralase Femto Second iFS laser to provide our patients with a Bladeless LASIK surgery.