Have you ever wondered if laser vision correction is an option for you to reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses? At Elite Vision Therapy Centre we can help you understand your refractive eye surgery options and help you make the right decision. Should you decide to have laser eye surgery, we also offer postoperative care to ensure a comfortable and quick recovery.
A laser vision correction consultation with your optometrist at Elite Vision Therapy Centre includes a complete eye examination, during which we will review your ocular and medical history and conduct a full assessment of your vision, refraction and eye health. We want to make sure you are a good candidate for refractive surgery, that your eyes are well suited and that you have realistic expectations before we refer you to your surgeon for treatment.
Once we know for sure that laser surgery is right for you we will recommend one of the best laser vision centres in the Greater Toronto Area.
There are different types of laser eye surgery depending on your refraction, corneal thickness and curvature, age and lifestyle needs.
LASIK is the most common refractive surgery procedure performed today. Significant advancements have occurred over the last 20 years, making it a safe and proven method of laser vision correction. It uses a microkeratome blade to create a thin corneal flap which is folded back to expose the underlying inner layers of the cornea. A laser is used to reshape the cornea based on the prescription and then the flap is repositioned. LASIK offers a very faster recovery time, delivering fairly clear vision usually within 24 hours, that stabilized within the first two weeks. Eye drops are used to aid recovery.
PRK was the first type of laser vision correction performed. It is still very safe and effective, but corneal and visual recovery take longer than for LASIK, so it is generally only recommended under special circumstances, such as for individuals with thin corneas. The outer epithelial layer of the cornea is removed to expose the inner layers which are reshaped with a laser. PRK generally has a longer recovery time than LASIK because the cornea needs to heal over completely. A bandage contact lens is usually worn for 2-3 days postoperatively to minimize discomfort. Vision also improves more slowly than with LASIK and, although you can usually return to all normal activities within a week, you will not gain peak clarity until a few months after the surgery.
LASEK is a form of refractive eye surgery that combines the quick healing benefits of LASIK with the corneal integrity benefits of PRK. A laser is used to make a very thin plug-shaped flap in the corneal epithelium only, rather than the thick flap that is created with LASIK. The plug is gently lifted and the laser procedure performed. The epithelial plug is then re-positioned securely over the cornea. The corneal and visual recovery are quick and the strength of the cornea is maintained.
RLE, also called clear lens extraction, replaces your eye’s natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL) to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, without modifying the cornea, as in other refractive surgery procedures. Basically, RLE is the same as cataract surgery, but it is reserved for people over 45 years of age who have presbyopia, requiring glasses for reading as well as distance and those with high prescriptions that do not qualify for laser vision correction.
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape, causing distorted vision. Corneal cross linking is a procedure used to strengthen the cornea in people with keratoconus. It uses riboflavin and UV-A light to surgical treat the cone-shaped cornea. Corneal cross linking is not specifically refractive surgery, as it is not designed to eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. It is used to stabilize the rapidly thinning cornea, halt the change in prescription and prevent the deterioration in vision experienced by those with keratoconus.
Located on Scarlett Road in Etobicoke, just south of Eglinton Avenue W. and across from the Humber River, Elite Vision Therapy Centre is centrally located to achieve your primary eye care and vision therapy need.
|Monday||8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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|Tuesday||8:30 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:30 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:30 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Friday||8:30 AM - 2:00 PM|
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