Lasik

DETAILS OF THIS VISION CORRECTION

A recognized, effective treatment

To correct presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The Lasik technique was developed in 1994 and continues to be widely used today.

The surgeon uses an instrument called a microkeratome to make a cut on the eye’s surface in order to create a corneal flap. This flap is then lifted, enabling the corrective procedure to be carried out using the Excimer laser. When combined with HD technology and performed by an experienced surgeon, this method yields good results with rapid recovery. It is thus a safe and effective treatment.

Steps and follow-up

In your surgeon’s care from start to finish for professional and reassuring care.

Your surgeon will first conduct an ophthalmological exam. For laser treatments, the preoperative exam will take place on the same day as the surgery. The surgeon will inform you of the benefits, risks and possible complications associated with your vision condition.

This is the ideal time for you to ask the surgeon any questions you may have about the operative consent.

It’s normal to be nervous before a procedure on your eye. To help you relax, we will give you a mild oral sedative.  The eye will then be numbed with eye drops. No needles are used.

The surgeon will proceed with the laser immediately.  The laser treatment itself takes only a few minutes.  The surgeon uses an instrument called a microkeratome to make a cut on the eye’s surface in order to create a corneal flap. This flap is then lifted, enabling the corrective procedure to be carried out using the Excimer laser. When combined with HD technology and performed by an experienced surgeon, this method yields good results with rapid recovery . It is thus a safe and effective treatment.

Once the treatment is finished, we will invite you to rest for 30 minutes in the recovery room. After that, you are free to return home.  Before leaving, we will explain the recommendations to follow for your recovery and give you eye drops.

Most people are able to drive, work, read and watch television without glasses the day after LASIK surgery.

You will have a postoperative visit with your surgeon 24 or 72 hours after your treatment, to ensure your eye has healed properly. A second visit is planned after a month.  After this visit, you may see the surgeon as needed for a period of 12 months.  Any necessary touch-ups during this period are free of charge. Following this 12-month period, we invite you to sign up for the Plan Pop.

Frequently asked questions

Am I a candidate for laser vision correction?

Thanks to our specialized teams and cutting-edge diagnostics equipment, we can rapidly determine whether you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. A vast number of people qualify for this treatment, even those with more severe vision problems. Your eligibility for laser eye surgery is confirmed by our ophthalmologist during the free consultation at one of our clinics.

What factors might disqualify me for laser treatment?

Certain general health conditions, eye diseases, and immune system deficiencies can hinder recovery. As well, long-standing medications can disqualify some people from laser treatment. Pregnant women must wait until after their first trimester to have this procedure. Patients must also be 18 years or older to be admitted to our clinics. Finally, no procedure is performed in our medical centre based on an evaluation conducted in another clinic.

Is laser vision correction painful?

During the surgery, the eye is completely numbed with the help of anesthetic eyedrops. After laser eye surgery, patients may experience some discomfort, much like if they had a grain of sand in their eye. This sensation is temporary. It can last 3 to 5 hours after a LASIK treatment or 24 to 72 hours after a PRK treatment.

Are there any long-term risks associated with laser vision correction?

To date, no damage to the eyes has ever been observed as a result of a laser treatment. Most experts would agree that there is no concern for long-term complications. At Cliniques Michel Pop, we have been performing this procedure since 1992. None of our patients have ever had serious problems related to their laser eye surgery.

Will my vision be stable after laser correction?

Much like glasses or contact lenses, laser correction does not prevent the progression of vision problems, such as myopia or hyperopia. That is why laser vision correction is recommended only for individuals 18 years or older and once their vision has been stable for one year. If the myopia worsens after laser surgery, this situation can be treated with a slight touch-up.

What happens if my vision starts to deteriorate after laser vision correction?

If your vision weakens during the first year following your treatment, we will perform any necessary touch-ups free of charge.

Which is the better technique, PRK or LASIK?

Recent scientific studies have shown that, when performed using the new models of laser equipment and Wavefront technology, intracorneal surgery (LASIK and All-LASIK) and superficial surgery (PRK) yield similar long-term results. LASIK is currently the most commonly used technique in Quebec.

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