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Laser Eye Surgery Consultation

Let Us Help Inform and Prepare You for Laser Eye Surgery

Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery

Stated simply, laser refractive corrective surgery provides you an opportunity to enjoy corrective-lens free vision. The procedure – which is generally performed in under 15 minutes per eye – corrects distortion in the lens that causes many forms of impaired vision (like myopia, etc.). The end result is improved vision without using eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Surgical Consultation

Prior to a referral to an Ophthalmologist, we will assess the condition of your eyes via a comprehensive eye exam. During the consultation we will perform a number of tests in order to determine if laser refractive surgery is a viable option for you.

Some of these include:

  • Corneal topography – Detailed measurements of your cornea are taken to inform the level of correction required
  • Inspection of eyelids and surrounding tissue – Total eye health is considered prior to a surgical referral
  • Confirmation of your corrective lens prescription
What to Expect During the Procedure

Laser refractive corrective surgery is generally painless, though you may experience discomfort for a few days after the surgery.

The procedure itself is quite fast:

  • The Ophthalmologist will numb the eye using anesthetic and clean the eye/surrounding tissue.
  • A flap will be cut into the cornea using either a microkeratome or a laser keratome.
  • When ready, you will be asked to stare at a light (or other object) while the laser is activated. This part of the process lasts for under a minute.
  • Once completed, you will be sent home with an eye shield and instructions on what to do next.

During the procedure you may experience blurred/hazy vision, an increase in eye pressure (specifically, during the flap creation), and some mild discomfort. When the laser is activated you may smell burning hair (or similar). This is a normal part of the procedure.

Post-Operative Care

Within two days, a follow up exam is performed to ensure everything is as it should be. We will test your vision and examine your eye, looking for signs of complications or problems.

We will advise you of appropriate care for your eyes in the short term, including when you can return to normal activities and sports.

Post-Surgical Best Practices
  • Two weeks post surgery: do not apply creams/lotions or makeup to the area around the eye.
  • Up to three days post surgery: no sports (even non-contact) of any kind.
  • Up to four weeks post surgery: no contact sports. Wear your eye shield at night.
  • Up to eight weeks post surgery; do not go swimming, use a sauna/steam room, or use a hot tub.

We Work With Excellent Ophthalmologists to Care For You Pre and Post Surgery

Laser corrective surgery is an incredible and affordable procedure that has benefited millions of Canadians. As with any surgical procedure, proper expectations and post-operative care are important to ensure a successful result.

It starts with an eye exam, where we validate information about your eyes that directly inform surgery (more information on the left). After the eye exam, we will let you know if you are a candidate for surgery (most people are) and what the appropriate next steps are.

Next Steps

GBOC Testimonials

  • I appreciate Dr. Anna Dionisio and her staff. I am a long time patient with eye complications and always, on a whim, have flare-ups. I could not ask for better care and compassion from Dr. Dionisio and her team. She never turns me away and always has time to see me. I highly recommend her, and commend her on her work as an Optometrist.

    Gail Grech, Wasaga Beach

  • My husband and I both suffer from serious vision and eye health problems. Dr. Anna Dionisio has proven to be an invaluable resource in identifying the latest procedures and products to assist us, and has gone above and beyond in the personal care she and her staff have extended to us. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a smart, dedicated and caring Optometrist.

    Mrs. Mary Ranta, Wasaga Beach

  • I appreciate Dr. Anna Dionisio and her staff. I am a long time patient with eye complications and always, on a whim, have flare-ups. I could not ask for better care and compassion from Dr. Dionisio and her team. She never turns me away and always has time to see me. I highly recommend her, and commend her on her work as an Optometrist.

    Gail Grech, Wasaga Beach

  • My husband and I both suffer from serious vision and eye health problems. Dr. Anna Dionisio has proven to be an invaluable resource in identifying the latest procedures and products to assist us, and has gone above and beyond in the personal care she and her staff have extended to us. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a smart, dedicated and caring Optometrist.

    Mrs. Mary Ranta, Wasaga Beach