Vision Surgery in Lloydminster – Why LASIK is Right For You

Do you find glasses or contact lenses inconvenient or too costly? Do you want to try and stop wearing them in the future? If so, you should consider having vision surgery in Lloydminster! Dr. Jade and Dr. Dave provide pre- and post-procedure consultations for patients undergoing LASIK laser eye surgery, which is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatisms. This type of refractive surgery can help people lower their prescription or eliminate their need for corrective eyewear altogether. Many patients only have to wear glasses for night driving after LASIK.

The LASIK Procedure

If you're not familiar with the LASIK procedure, here's how it works:

  1. Your eye surgeon will use a surgical tool to create a circular flap in your cornea
  2. The flap will be folded back in order to reach the underlying cornea, or the stroma
  3. Corneal tissue will be removed using short-wave ultraviolet light from an excimer laser
  4. Your cornea will be reshaped so it focuses light onto your retina more accurately; nearsighted people require a flatter cornea, while farsighted people need a steeper one
  5. If you have astigmatism, the cornea can be reshaped to correct it
  6. Once the cornea is corrected, the flap is put back in place so it can heal

You won't need to have any bandages or stitches, and you won't be placed under anaesthesia – numbing eye drops are used instead. The procedure is performed on each eye separately, and each one takes around 5 minutes or so.

A procedure called PRK is another option for some patients. Like LASIK, it reshapes the cornea, but in this surgery, the thin outer layer of the cornea is completely removed for better access to the corneal tissue. This tissue will repair itself within a few days, and the overall healing process is slower. Patients with thinner corneas or who have undergone LASIK in the past are prime candidates for this procedure.

LASIK in Lloydminster: Are You a Candidate?

Before you're cleared for LASIK in Lloydminster, you must be deemed an eligible candidate. Not everyone can undergo this surgery; in order to be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not suffer from eye diseases or corneal abnormalities
  • Not be pregnant, nursing or trying to become pregnant
  • Be able to keep your eye fixed on a point of light for up to 2 minutes at a time
  • Be able to stop wearing contacts for 2 to 4 weeks before your first consultation
  • Sign an informed consent form that outlines the procedure and the potential risks

There are many more forms of criteria, and only your LASIK eye doctor can determine if you can receive this type of treatment. LASIK laser eye surgery has several benefits and has proven to be successful for countless patients. Not only can it eliminate many vision problems, but it's virtually painless and involves a short recovery period.

You can have better eyesight in a matter of days with LASIK laser eye surgery. Schedule your LASIK consultation with us online or contact our office with any questions.

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