Dr. Chaim Goldberg - Toronto LASIK Surgeon
Dr. Chaim Goldberg is a gifted Toronto LASIK surgeon who has corrected the vision of many patients through excimer laser eye surgery. Below he answers many of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about LASIK and other laser eye surgery procedures.
Q. Am I going to have 20/20 vision?
A. More than 99% success rate.
Q. Does the procedure hurt?
A. No. Before the procedure, numbing anesthetic drops are placed in the eyes, rendering the surgery itself virtually painless.
Q. What are the risks involved in
A. Laser vision correction is extremely safe. Less than two percent of cases report minor complications, including over- or undercorrection, infection and inflammation. These are treatable in our offices.
Q. How long will the results last?
A. The physical results are permanent and statistics show that most patients remain stable after 10 years. However, the eyes can still change with time, and laser corrective surgery does not affect a number of visual conditions associated with age.
Q. What can I expect on the day of surgery?
A. Laser PRK, LASIK and LASEK are all outpatient procedures, which means you'll spend around an hour at the surgeon's office and walk out afterwards. Someone else should drive you home, since your vision might be a little blurry right after surgery. The procedure itself is brief and painless. Dr. Goldberg will place anesthetic drops in your eye to eliminate any discomfort. LASIK and LASEK patients typically report little or no discomfort following their treatment. With PRK there will be some discomfort. Medication is supplied to relieve any post-operative irritation.
Q. When can I return to work or sports?
A. Avoid swimming for one week. If you've had LASIK, avoid contact sports that could result in eye injury for one month. If you've had LASEK, you can resume contact sports immediately.
Q. How many visits will I require after surgery?
A. LASEK patients are seen the day following the procedure and t3 days later. They are asked to attend follow up appointments at 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 months. LASIK patients are seen days 1 and 7 postoperatively and then on a similar follow-up schedule to LASEK.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. The cost ranges from $2000-$2400.
Q. Can both eyes be treated at once?
A. Yes. Statistically, most patients choose to have both eyes treated during the same surgery. This is especially convenient for patients visiting from out-of-town.
Q. Does Laser Eye Care Clinics offer payment
A. Yes, we can discuss payment options for the procedure that will have you seeing clearer, faster.
Q. Is vision correction covered under OHIP?
A. At the time this information was printed, OHIP was not covering vision correction.
Q. Is vision correction covered under my benefits
A. Many companies have benefits programs that do cover vision correction. Visit your human resources department to find out if you are covered.