Laser refractive surgery is a great option for those who require vision correction but do not wish to continue wearing glasses or contact lenses. Laser eye surgery is a common procedure that is extremely effective in long-lasting – often permanent – vision correction.
Prior to laser surgery, a consultation must be performed (in conjunction with an eye exam). During the consultation, a number of tests and measurements will be performed to validate your candidacy for the procedure. These include (but not limited to):
Post-surgery, many of the same tests are performed again to confirm the effectiveness of the treatment and whether or not additional correction is required.
Unfortunately, while most people are candidates for the procedure, laser refractive surgery is not an option for everyone. Our Optometrist will inform you of your candidacy, next steps, as well as alternative options if you are not a candidate.
Detailed testing (as outlined above) determines candidacy. Due to the nature of the surgery, it is not possible to deviate from acceptable candidacy guidelines.
In the Province of Ontario, laser refractive surgery is considered to be elective. This means that OHIP does not provide coverage for this procedure. It is also extremely unlikely that your third-party benefits provider would offer coverage (though we have seen rare cases where health spending accounts do).
Once initial exam and testing are completed, our Optometrist will refer you to a Laser Surgery specialist in the area.
The actual surgery itself averages about 10 minutes per eye. Of that 10 minutes, 9 minutes is spent preparing the eye for surgery. The laser itself is only used for 15 – 60 seconds, depending on the level and type of vision correction required.
Despite the relative speed of surgery, budget at least two hours. This allows for pre and post-operative care, time for the medication to pass, as well as time for answering questions and providing information.
The benefits are tremendous, especially if you find glasses or contacts uncomfortable. Laser eye surgery reshapes the cornea, correcting your vision impairment and rendering the use of glasses/contacts obsolete.
If you are a candidate, you are sure to benefit from and find value in laser eye surgery.