If you struggle with prescription glasses or contacts, you may be interested in exploring refractive surgery. Orchard Park Optometry works closely with the local refractive surgeons, right here in Kelowna, to provide your pre- and post-surgical consultations. We will advise if you are a good candidate for refractive surgery and refer you to the best, most trusted surgeons in the Okanagan.
Refractive surgery is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia) to reduce your dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. Currently, a laser procedure called LASIK (LAY-sik) is the most popular refractive surgery performed in Canada. There are other types of refractive surgery including other laser procedures such as Intralase that may be more suitable for patients with more complex prescriptions. Intraocular lens implant procedures are gaining in popularity and may be more appropriate for those over 50 who have problems with both far and near vision.
Every person has unique visual needs and there are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to have eye surgery that go well beyond the ads on the radio. In fact, a discussion about refractive surgery with your optometrist may be one of the most important ones you have in your life.
This is why a consultation with your optometrist is so vital. The surgical centre a friend or loved one went to may have worked for them, but your eyes are more unique than your fingerprints and what worked for them may not work for you. There are several types of technology that exist today and the procedure that will be recommended is based off of a significant amount of information so that it can be customized to you. Because some people have much more complex prescriptions or eye health considerations than others, some procedures are more expensive than others.
Laser eye surgery does not stop someone’s eyes from changing, it just corrects it at that moment in time. Of course the goal is to perform the procedure during a time period when eyes are typically stable for extended periods, but eye surgery should be considered to be a reduction of the need for vision correction over a lifetime but most likely, not elimination.
A consultation with your optometrist is a great start, but here are some general guidelines: