Corrective lenses are so common that nearly every adult over 40 will need reading glasses. You can have less need for corrective lenses with laser vision surgery. This form of vision correction uses a laser to reshape part of the eye to achieve better focus.
What is Laser Vision Surgery?
Laser vision surgery is a broad term, including several procedures with one thing in common. In these procedures, Dr. Senekal uses a laser to reshape the cornea, the clear layer at the front of the eye. The laser removes microscopically thin layers to achieve a shape that focuses light correctly.
These procedures differ in several ways, especially in how the surgeon accesses the cornea. LASIK creates a flap in the corneal epithelium, while SMILE removes a disc of corneal tissue through a very small incision. During PRK, Dr. Senekal removes the corneal epithelium, allowing it to grow back. Each method has advantages for different people.
Five Reasons to Consider Laser Vision Surgery
People choose laser vision surgery for many reasons. You should consider laser vision surgery if you want to learn more about less reliance on corrective lenses. Benefits of laser vision surgery include:
Laser vision correction can take as little as a few seconds per eye. Your numbed eye feels no discomfort. Almost everyone reports that the procedure was much more comfortable than expected. We will monitor you for a short time after treatment before you can leave, and you will need someone to transport you.
The main effects after LASIK and SMILE include blurriness, haziness, and irritation. Most people return to normal activities within three days. PRK has a longer recovery time, so most people need a few weeks to see clearly. Dr. Senekal will monitor your progress until your corneas have healed.
Options for Different Eyes
Not every type of laser vision surgery will work for everyone. Factors that affect which type we recommend include:
- Corneal health and thickness
- Strength of prescription
- Existing conditions like dry eye
- Lifestyle factors like contact sports
Over 97% of people who have SMILE with Dr. Senekal achieve 20/20 vision. Results are also excellent for LASIK and PRK. The vast majority of people reduce or eliminate the need for corrective lenses and see more clearly.
Savings Over Time
Laser vision surgery involves a one-time expense. When you compare this expense to the costs of your corrective lenses over many years, you often find that laser eye surgery will save you money in the long term.
Request a Consultation
We’d love to help you get all the information you need in order to make the best choice for your eyes. Request a consultation today! Our staff is available and happy to answer your every question.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Vision Surgery?
Most people make good candidates for laser vision surgery. Laser eye surgery may help you see clearly if you currently use vision-correcting lenses. Good candidates are 18 or older, have generally healthy eyes, and meet Dr. Senekal’s criteria.
Take the Next Step
To learn more about laser vision surgery, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page or by calling (780) 452-4111. We look forward to helping you!