Permanent Vision Correction
If you struggle with prescription glasses or contacts, you may be interested in exploring refractive surgery. Orchard Park Optometry works closely with local refractive surgeons right here in Kelowna.
We will refer you to the most trusted surgeons in the area and help navigate the options, answering all of your questions and concerns along the way. Book your appointment today to get started on a permanent solution to vision issues.
What Is Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser eye surgery, also known as refractive surgery, is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems.
Nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia can be corrected through various forms of laser eye surgery. While many people achieve 20/20 vision after surgery, it is not uncommon to still require corrective lenses, especially if you had a high prescription before.
Surgery almost always decreases reliance on glasses and contact lenses. Learn more about laser eye surgery by booking an appointment today.
Is Laser Eye Surgery Right for Me?
Every person has unique visual needs, and there are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to have eye surgery. At Orchard Park Optometry, we’ll walk you through the options, ensure you understand any risks, and connect you with a skilled surgeon.
Your laser vision correction journey begins with a comprehensive eye exam. We will need to assess your suitability for the procedure.
Generally, you are not a good candidate for laser eye surgery if you:
- Are under the age of 18
- Have an unstable prescription
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Have extreme dry eye
- Have an active corneal disease
- Have unstable vision
If you’re considering laser eye surgery, book an appointment today to learn more about the procedures we consult for and whether you might be a good candidate.
Types of Laser Vision Correction
There are several different types of laser vision correction. Read on to learn more about each one. Better yet, book an appointment to discuss your options.
During laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, better known as LASIK, the surgeon cuts a flap into the cornea, folds it up, and then reshapes the remaining corneal layers.
After surgery, the flap is returned to its original position and then heals in place.
The IntraLase procedure is very similar to LASIK, except the entire procedure is done using a computer-operated laser. A flap is cut in the cornea with a laser, folded back, and then the cornea is reshaped, also with a laser.
Computer-operated lasers may offer slight advantages during the healing process.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive lens exchange involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens implant. This procedure is very similar to cataract surgery. It’s commonly performed on patient’s after age 45 when the natural lens stiffens in a process called presbyopia. The lens implants used can be single-focus for one distance, or multi-focus to allow a broader range of clear vision for both distance viewing and for reading.