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Lasik Eye Surgery Procedure

Your Toronto LASIK Specialists

LASIK, or Laser in Situ Keratomileusis, is an exciting technical advance in laser vision correction.

The LASIK Procedure Dr. Chaim Goldberg lifts a thin layer of the cornea to create a flap. With precise surgical skill, he reshapes the cornea with the excimer laser. The flap is then repositioned and the eye begins to heal immediately. Healing time is fast, with rapid recovery of vision, a low risk of scarring and low post-operative discomfort.

What If I’m Not a Candidate for LASIK?

If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, we would encourage you to visit our Toronto LASIK clinic for a complimentary consultation. Many people are happy to find out that LASEK vision correction is more successful for patients with higher prescriptions, thinner corneas, large pupils, or chronic dry eyes.

What is LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that corrects certain vision problems, reducing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses or corrective lenses. LASIK actually stands for Laser in-situ keratomileusis. (the technical term for the surgical procedure) LASIK eye surgery is the most common type of refractive surgery. Refractive surgery changes the shape of your cornea to correct your vision. This procedure can be quite effective, and has very few side effects. LASIK is a great option for many individuals considering laser vision correction for a variety of very personal and professional reasons. LASIK may not promise perfect vision, however; it is a highly successful procedure that can at the very least reduce a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The lifestyle benefits can be tremendous for active and social people. These benefits can enable people to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or career options.

Understanding Your LASIK Candidacy

There is perhaps nothing more important in the LASIK eye surgery process than determining your candidacy. If you are familiar with someone who has not had a good result the problems typically stem from poor judgement of candidacy. The candidacy process at our Toronto LASIK clinic begins with a thorough eye health evaluation to check the overall health of your eye as well as the corneal thickness.

During your initial free LASIK screening, we will thoroughly examine your eyes and perform comprehensive testing to make sure that LASIK eye surgery is the right procedure for you. A medical and eye history will be taken and several tests will be performed, including:

  • Dry eye testing
  • Visual acuity and refractive error
  • Screening Visual Field
  • Pupil size in low & medium light
  • Ocular pressure
  • General health of the eyes
  • Corneal topography & Corneal thickness

What vision problems can LASIK solve?

LASIK surgery can be used to help patients who suffer from a variety of eye care issues. Some include: myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and more! To learn more about the different vision problems that LASIK and LASIK alternatives can solve, contact Goldberg Eye Centre in Toronto today.

The Cost of LASIK VS. Contact Lenses

When projected out over the normal length of time the average person wears his or her contacts – 10-20 years – the total cost for contact lens wear can range between $9,000 and $15,000. What seems to most patients as a modest and acceptable annual investment in their contact lenses can quickly grow into a substantial expense.

The latest alternative to a lifetime of contact lens wear is LASIK which will provide huge benefits over extended contact lens wear both in terms of eye health and cost over time. The advanced technology of today’s LASIK procedure only costs a fraction of the total expense associated with long-term contact lens wear.

Not only is LASIK eye surgery more affordable than a lifetime of contacts, but also safer and ‘greener.’ Researchers report that contact lens wearers face a much greater risk of developing a serious eye infections and corneal ulcers or abrasions, than patients receiving LASIK. This is especially true for long-term contact lens wearers. Undergoing LASIK also allows the patient to avoid disposing plastic lens solution bottles and plastic lens containers into various landfills.

Experts agree that contact lens wearers are also more likely to develop complications than patients having the LASIK procedure. As indicated in the Archives of Ophthalmology,” The chance of LASIK leading to significant vision loss is about 1 in 10,000.”*

(Source *Archives of Ophthalmology, WebMD – 2006)