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.
Important information about laser refractive surgery:
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 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.
Since 2004, Dr. Peacock and Dr. Amarnath of NTOC have very capably managed my eye care needs in conjunction with my Ophthalmologist. As a regular patient at their clinic, I can attest to their competence and to their hightech equipment. The NTOC Optometrists have an excellent working relationship with the two Ophthalmologists who have privileges at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. This is so important to their patients who are determined to require the next level of eye care. Their staff are very pleasant, friendly and helpful. NTOC is a great place to entrust your eyes.
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When I experienced a serious eye condition in 2006, I was very impressed with the knowledge, expertise, and quick response by Dr. Amarnath and his team at NTOC. I was referred to an eye specialist the very same day, and my follow-up care was thorough and efficient, even to this day. This team works with absolute professionalism, and I would highly recommend them to my family and friends.
I have been a patient of Dr. Peacock since 2002, and find him to be very competent and thorough. Dr.Peacock genuinely listens to any concerns I have about my eyes, and takes the time to enquire with interest about my family. His team is always pleasant, polite and helpful, making me feel very comfortable when I visit the clinic.
I was very impressed with my first visit. From the moment I walked in, the staff was more than friendly and she did her best to explain procedures and tests that would be done today. I am a very nervous eye patient and Dr. Peacock did everything to ease my tensions and explain all procedures. When choosing my glasses, I felt very confident in her suggestions and was very pleased with the time taken to ensure the correct choice and fit. All in all, I am thrilled with my choice of optometrist office. And, I look forward to my next visit. Something I have never experienced before. Thank you.