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Speak With Your Eye Doctor Before Opting For LASIK Eye Surgery

Speak With Your Eye Doctor Before Opting For LASIK Eye Surgery

If you are tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may wonder if LASIK eye surgery could benefit you. Laser eye surgery has helped so many patients throw away their glasses and contact lenses and can even restore their vision to 20/20. The surgery works by reshaping your cornea (the clear, front tissue of your eye) to improve your visual acuity. LASIK eye surgery is a surgical procedure that can correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. It is always best to have a conversation with your eye doctor anytime you are considering changes that could impact your ocular health, including LASIK eye surgery. 

Comprehensive Eye Exam And LASIK Surgery Discussion

If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, the first step on your journey towards better vision will start with a comprehensive eye exam performed by your optometrist. This thorough eye exam will involve several different painless tests and examinations that will evaluate your vision and eye health. The purpose of these tests is to determine if your eyes are healthy and to rule out problems like dry eye syndrome, cataracts, and other disorders that could affect your eligibility for the surgery. 

Your refractive error and lens prescription will also be determined during the exam to determine which LASIK technique your surgeon should use to correct your vision. Special measurements of your cornea will also be taken so treatment can be best tailored to your specific vision impairment. 

During the exam, your optometrist will go over the risks associated with the surgery and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions or voice concerns you may have in regards to the surgical procedure and recovery aspects. Be prepared to be asked about your lifestyle, history of previous eye problems, and your overall health as this information is extremely pertinent. 

Discussion Of LASIK Surgery Details

A portion of your LASIK eye surgery consultation will be devoted to explaining how the surgery is performed and what you can expect for recovery and the next steps following the procedure. The possible risks and benefits will be discussed with you as well as specific costs of the surgery.  At the end of the consultation, it will be determined if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery or another vision correction option, and you will be given time to consider your options. When you are ready, you can schedule an appointment date for the surgery. 

Calgary LASIK Eye Surgery Consultations

When you first wish to explore LASIK eye surgery, it is important that you discuss the procedure with your optometrist. They will be able to determine if you are eligible for the surgery and will be able to give you professional advice and information to help you make an informed decision. Aside from helping you prepare for your surgery, your optometrist will also be there to help you with post-operative care and check-ups to ensure the surgery was successful and that your recovery is going well. 

To find out more about our LASIK eye surgery consultation services, and how the team of  eye doctors at Market Mall Optometry can help determine whether or not you are eligible for this treatment option, contact our Calgary eye clinic at 403-286-4884 or fill in our online contact form.


Q: How long is a LASIK eye surgery procedure?
A: LASIK eye surgery is a very quick procedure only lasting around 20 minutes to complete both eyes. The laser portion of the surgery is only 20 seconds long for each eye. 

Q: How long is the recovery time from LASIK eye surgery?
A:  Most patients will be able to see clearly 24 hours after the procedure. Patients may experience blurry vision for the first 6-12 hours after the operation but should improve after 24 hours. Full recovery varies by patient and it may take 3-6 months for their vision to fully stabilize. 

Q: How often should I visit my optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam?
A: It is recommended by the Canadian Association Of Optometrists that adults between the ages of 18-64 receive a comprehensive eye exam once every two years. Adults 65+ should receive an exam annually. Call Market Mall Optometry at 403-286-4884 to book your appointment today.

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