Laser Eye Surgery in Vancouver, BC - Shaughnessy Optometry
Laser Eye Surgery in Vancouver, BC
Is Laser Eye Surgery Right For You? We Can Help You Find Out
Laser eye surgery is a great corrective option for refractive errors. The
freedom from glasses and contact
lenses could open brand new avenues for you. But how do you know if laser eye surgery is
right for you? Are all laser eye surgeries the same?
It’s perfectly natural and healthy for you to ask questions before pursuing
laser eye surgery. At Shaughnessy Optometry, we provide a warm and welcoming space for you to ask your
questions, bring up your concerns, and get the answers you need to make an informed choice. Book an appointment today and we can discuss your options for laser eye surgery in Vancouver, BC.
Types of Laser Eye Surgery
There are a number of laser eye surgeries available in Vancouver, BC; each with distinct advantages and methods.
The 3 most commonly performed surgeries are PRK, LASIK, and LASEK.
Even though PRK was the first laser eye surgery ever performed, it’s
still one of the most popular.
Your ophthalmologist will use a laser to reshape your cornea, eliminating
or reducing your refractive error. This process takes roughly 10-15
minutes per eye. It may take a few days for your vision to clear up and
up to a few weeks for it to stabilise completely. You should avoid any
strenuous activity for a few weeks so your body has a chance to properly
LASIK is currently the most popular laser eye surgery in the world. You
ophthalmologist will cut a small flap in the cornea, folding it back to
reveal the middle corneal layers. They’ll then use a laser to reshape
the cornea from the inside, leaving the outer layer of the cornea
intact. Once they’ve completed this process, they’ll replace the flaps.
This allows your eyes to heal faster and reduces the possibility of
Your vision will probably be clear within 24 hours, but it’s still a good
idea to take a day off work to let your body recuperate. Your vision
should stabilise within a week or so. In the meantime, avoid any
strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks, as they could cause flap
complications. You’ll also need to avoid rubbing your eyes.
LASEK works very similarly to LASIK, however, it’s designed for patients
with very thin corneas. The ophthalmologist will apply a solution of
alcohol to your eye, causing the very thin outer layer of the cornea to
float away. They’ll then get to work reshaping the middle layers of the
cornea with a laser, replacing the thin outer layer of the cornea when
Your vision will clarify within a few days and should stabilise within a
few weeks. You’ll be given special contact lenses to protect your
corneas while they heal; similar to a bandage. To help the healing
process go smoothly, you should avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks
and avoid rubbing your eyes.
It All Starts With a Consultation
The first step towards laser eye surgery is a comprehensive eye exam and eye
health evaluation. We’ll confirm the level of correction you need, ensure your eyes are healthy,
and check to see if you’re a good candidate for laser eye surgery.
This is also your chance to get any and all of the information you want about
laser eye surgery. We’ll make sure we spend extra time going over your questions and addressing
your concerns. Whatever you choose, we want you to feel confident in your choice.
Once you’ve decided on surgery, we’ll refer you to a skilled and experienced
ophthalmologist to perform the procedure.
Caring For You After Laser Eye Surgery in Vancouver
We’ll check in with you a few times after your surgery to make sure you’re
feeling alright and everything is healing as it should. We’ll also have you come in for a
follow-up appointment. Here we’ll test your vision, and make sure your healing is coming along
Visit Our Shaughnessy Location
We’re located on Oak Street, just across the street from Emily Carr Public School and beside
the Easter Seal house. Stop in, take a look around our office, and say hello; we’d love to
meet you. Our patients have access to free street-level parking in our parking lot adjacent
to the Royal Bank.
3955 Oak Street Vancouver BC, V6H 2M7
Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday: Closed