Laser Refractive Surgery
Tried and Tested Vision-correction Surgery
The doctors at Family Vision Clinic have extensive experience in the pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care of laser refractive surgery in Nova Scotia. By far, laser refractive surgery is currently the most popular vision-correcting or "refractive" surgery available. We also provide other vision correction procedures. We will help you find the ideal solution for your problem and partner with the best surgeon to perform your procedure.
Introduction to Laser Refractive Surgery
LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. You may hear people calling it "Lasix” but the correct name is laser refractive surgery, which is short for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis."
Why Is It so Popular?
Laser refractive surgery has advantages over other vision correction procedures, including a relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision usually is achieved by the very next day.
An instrument called a microkeratome is used in laser refractive surgery eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Another, newer way of making the flap is with a laser.
The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way and, removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove ("ablate") very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.
When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.
Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the laser refractive surgery procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.
Family Vision Clinic provides pre- and post-operative care for our patients in Halifax, Bedford, and Dartmouth. Call us to learn more.