Bladeless Laser Vision Correction is one of the most exciting technological advances in the history of eye care. This technology has advanced tremendously since the 1990s.
Laser Vision Correction at LCC
Custom Laser Vision Correction can treat a wide range of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
LCC offers advanced custom LASIK and PRK, both based on fingerprint corneal maps of your eye. These advanced diagnostic tests are linked directly to the excimer laser on the same network to allow customized treatments for the specific irregularities and aberrations of your cornea. These special maps, unique to your eye, also allow the laser to automatically lock onto your eye anatomy, and immediately adjust to any eye movements or rotation of your eye during surgery.
Laser Vision Correction FAQ
Z-LASIK is a premium “laser only” bladeless form of laser vision correction, usually only found in large urban centres. Unlike standard LASIK (which uses a blade, or “micro-keratome”), Z-LASIK uses a femtosecond laser to make an extremely precise customized corneal flap.
The main advantage of Z-LASIK is the superior LASIK flap quality and a quicker recovery of your sight.
PRK Laser Vision Correction is used for patients with thin corneas or large glasses prescriptions.
For the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure your eyes may feel hazy, gritty, dry and light-sensitive.
Everyone is unique and therefore may experience a different degree of discomfort and symptoms after eye correction surgery. It is important not to compare yourself to others and monitor your symptoms carefully.
The morning after your LASIK procedure your vision and comfort level will improve dramatically, but there may still be symptoms of blurriness, dryness, and night glare.
These are all very common during the first week, and typically clear in the first month.
You will need to be extra careful in the first few days to give your eyes a chance to heal. Proper healing includes getting lots of sleep in the first 24 hours.
The best corrective eye surgery for you is the one that is customized for your eye. Depending on your eye, either LASIK or PRK may be the best option for you. Generally, LASIK is preferable due to quicker healing times; however, if the cornea is thin, or the prescription is large, or you likely to have trauma to your eye in future (boxers, military personnel, etc….)PRK may be the best option. SMILE may also be a good option if you have moderate to high myopia without much astigmatism. It is best to have a free consultation to determine what procedure is best for you.
Custom Laser Vision Correction costs $2500 per eye. (In Ontario, the cost of advanced custom laser surgery ranges from $2000-$3000 per eye).
Yes, the risks of Bladeless Laser Vision Correction are very low.
The cost of Bladeless Custom LASIK in Ontario $2,500 - $3,000 per eye
Be careful of "bargain" LASIK prices and high pressure sales. These low prices are likely only for the correction of mild nearsightedness without astigmatism, using a standard blade (microkeratome). If you have astigmatism, or a larger glasses prescription for nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cost of lasik may be significantly higher than the originally advertised.
If you want custom LASIK or the newest technology; BLADELESS LASIK, the cost will be significantly higher.
The advertised price may not cover all fees.
Your procedure may be performed with older technology. This isn't necessarily bad, but newer technologies do offer the possibility of a more precise LASIK procedure, with less risk of complications.
If you plan to have LASIK at a lower price, make sure to ask for a written quote, and ask specifically which technology is being used, so you can compare apples to apples when you visit other centres.
This cannot happen with the bladeless “Laser-only technique”.
Freedom from glasses.
You will need to be assessed by several diagnostic machines, and seen by a trained optometrist or ophthalmologist to properly determine whether or not you qualify for Lasik.
It is possible that the corrective effect of Lasik may lessen with time. If an enhancement is needed, this is usually done about 3 months after surgery. At this point, the distance vision should remain stable. It is important to understand that Lasik only corrects your distance vision. With time, the eye ages, and everyone will need reading glasses eventually (usually around the age of 50).
You may feel some pressure during the procedure, but not pain. The eyes will feel scratchy during the first 24hrs.
Lasik should correct your distance glasses prescription, but eventually you will need reading glasses. Some people may require an enhancement procedure (usually around 3 months after Lasik, and more likely with higher prescriptions) Also, at some point in life, everyone will develop cataracts, which will require another type of surgery to fix.
This depends on the person. For some people, PRK is the best procedure, for others, it may be Lasik. One needs to be assessed properly to determine this.
Both procedures are good for certain patients, but LASIK is possible for more people. The results for standard moderate myopic treatment are similar for LASIK and SMILE. SMILE is a good option for moderate to high myopia without astigmatism (cyclotorsion mapping not possible for astigmatism with SMILE). There are a few limitations with SMILE, including the inability of the laser to map the eye for precise astigmatism correction, nor is hyperopia correction possible, and there are no customized topographic ablations possible for SMILE. Dry eye and corneal neuropathy rates are similar for both LASIK and SMILE procedures.
Glasses, and contact lenses are also good options. If you freedom from glasses and contacts, then Laser Vision Correction makes sense.
No, presbyopia is not fixed by Lasik. However, “Presbyopia Lasik Treatments” will provide some help with presbyopia by doing the following:
- Treat the dominant eye with distance vision correction
- Make the non-dominant slightly myopic (near sighted) with a special ablation that allows for more depth of field.
This type of “Presbyvision” helps many people with presbyopia function for a few more years without glasses, but does not actually “fix presbyopia”. Eventually, presbyopia will increase, and reading glasses will be needed.