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North York LASIK – Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?

Your eyes are extremely sensitive – the smallest particle of sand or thinnest eyelash stuck in your eye can lead to intense pain. With this in mind, you may be wondering how do people tolerate LASIK eye surgery? The concept of a laser eye specialist cutting your corneal tissue sounds unbearable. However, on the other hand – the thought of seeing clearly without the nuisance of eyeglasses or contact lenses! sounds like a dream. So – what’s the bottom line? Is the process of laser eye surgery and LASIK healing something you can handle?

Our North York eye doctors can answer that question with an emphatic YES – you can! LASIK is virtually painless. Need more reassurance? Read on to understand the full experience of having this popular procedure in our LASIK surgery clinic.

What is LASIK?

LASIK refractive surgery is an advanced and contemporary way to decrease or eliminate your need for eyeglasses and contact lenses! During this laser procedure, your eye surgeon will direct the cool light of an excimer laser to reshape your cornea in order to correct any refractive error. LASIK can thereby resolve your nearsightedness – leaving you with sharp vision without eyewear. In general, the results are outstanding and many of our North York, Ontario, patients enjoy crisp and clear vision after the surgery.

Is the process of laser eye surgery and LASIK healing something you can handle?

Our North York, Toronto  eye doctors can answer that question with an emphatic YES – you can! LASIK is virtually painless. Need more reassurance? Read on to understand the full experience of having this popular procedure in our LASIK surgery co-management clinic.

What is LASIK Co-Management?

LASIK co-management is a helpful and essential service that our Empress Eye Clinic optometrists provide before and after your LASIK surgery. We will work together with your eye surgeon to make sure that you receive comprehensive instructions and information about LASIK, as well as first-rate eye care when you need it.

    • Part 1: The Consultation. We’ll tell you all about the procedure, including the benefits and risks. Bring your questions and we’ll answer them! Dr. Heshmati will perform a thorough eye exam to determine your candidacy for LASIK, checking your vision prescription, corneal curvature and thickness, eyelid structure and tear film. If the results indicate that your eyes are suitable for LASIK, we will refer you to a top eye surgeon in the North York or Toronto area.
    • Part 2: Pre-operative Care. We will assist you to set up your LASIK surgery with an experienced eye surgeon and Dr. Heshmati will handle your preoperative check-up. He will dilate your eyes and take detailed measurements. We will also provide you with all the information and instructions you need for the day of your surgery, as well as what to expect during the healing process.
    • Part 3: Post-operative Care. Typically, you will visit Dr. Heshmati on the day after your LASIK surgery so he can ensure that your eyes are healing smoothly. Afterward, you will return at regular intervals throughout the next weeks and months for follow-up eye exams and care.

    Benefits of LASIK Co-management

    You will receive compassionate pre-op and post-op care from an accessible eye doctor who knows you personally and LASIK surgery from a top-notch eye surgeon in North York or Toronto, Ontario. When it comes to first-rate eye care and patient satisfaction, this is a win-win combination.

    What is the LASIK healing experience?

    About 20 – 30 minutes after eye drops are applied, the numbing effects will wear off. At that point, you may feel some mild discomfort, itching, or dryness. Although you may feel tempted to rub your eyes, it is critical to hold back – as your cornea will still be healing. To counter these sensations, the laser eye specialist will supply you with special postoperative eye drops that facilitate LASIK healing.

    Now that you know what to expect, we invite you to schedule a consultation with an eye doctor at our Fort Worth LASIK surgery clinic to discuss your candidacy for this painless procedure. Call today – it is the perfect time to free yourself from your bothersome eyeglasses or contact lenses!

    Now that you know what to expect, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our eye doctors at our eye clinic in North York to discuss your candidacy for this painless procedure.

    Call today on 416-223-4500 – it is the perfect time to free yourself from your bothersome eyeglasses or contact lenses!

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    Orthokeratology (Ortho-k), or Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT)

    Empress Eye Clinic offers Ortho-k as an effective technique for myopia control in children to reduce the progression of their myopia(nearsightedness) and risk of other eye diseases later in their lives.

    We also offer Orthokeratology (Ortho-K), as a non-surgical treatment option for both Myopia Control for children and young adults, and for people suffering from mild to moderate myopia astigmatism and presbyopia. Ortho k is a safer and reversible alternative treatment for people that are not a good candidate for refractive surgeries such as LASIK, PRK, SMILE, and CONTOURA.

    What is Ortho-k?

    Orthokeratology also referred to, Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) or Overnight Vision Correction, is a unique revolutionary technology that utilizes custom-fitted, oxygen-permeable rigid contact lenses to improve vision through the reshaping of cornea while you sleep. Simply remove your lenses in the morning and enjoy clear vision without wearing glasses or contact lenses during the day.

    How Does Ortho-k Work?

    The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used by an orthodontist to realign crooked teeth.

    Ortho K uses advanced technology to reshape the surface of your eyes. A precisely shaped vision retainer Gas Permeable (GP) contact lens, uniquely designed for your individual eye shape, places gentle pressure over a layer of tear film on your cornea during sleep by a pre-determined amount to correct your eyesight prescription. While you sleep, the lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye (the cornea) to correct your vision, so you can see clearly without glasses or contact lenses when you're awake. The effect is temporary - generally enough to get you through a day or two - so you must wear the reshaping lenses each night to maintain good vision during the day.

    Who Is A Candidate For Ortho-k?

    Orthokeratology (Ortho-k), is a safe and effective method of correcting vision while slowing the progression of myopia in children. If you are the parent of a nearsighted child, learn how Ortho-k can also help preserve your child’s eye health.

    Orhokeratology for Adults
    Orthokeratology is frequently a good option for nearsighted individuals who are too young for LASIK surgery or for some other reason are not good candidates for vision correction surgery. Because it can be discontinued at any time without permanent change to the eye, people of any age can try the procedure, as long as their eyes are healthy.

    Orthokeratology for Athletes
    Ortho-k overnight lenses provide a perfect solution for athletes with myopia. They eliminate the need for wearing glasses or contact lenses during the day while ensuring stable, clear vision and safety when playing sports.

    Ortho-k is also appealing for people who work in dusty, dirty environments that can make regular contact lens wear difficult.

    What Results Can You Expect From Ortho-k?

    The goal for ortho-k is to correct your vision to 20/20 without the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day. In FDA trials of both CRT and VST lenses, more than 65% of patients were able to achieve 20/20 visual acuity after wearing the reshaping lenses overnight. More than 90% were able to see 20/40 or better (the legal vision requirement for driving without glasses in most states).

    Success rates for ortho-k tend to be higher for mild prescriptions. Call our office to find out if your prescription is within the range that can be successfully treated with ortho-k.

    How Long Does Ortho-k Take?

    Though you may see some improvement in your vision after a day or two of overnight ortho-k, it can take several weeks for the full effect to be apparent. During this time, your vision will not be as clear as it was with glasses or contacts, and you are likely to notice some glare and halos around lights. It's possible you may need a temporary pair of eyeglasses for certain tasks, like driving at night, until your vision is fully corrected by the ortho-k lenses.

    Is Ortho-k Comfortable?

    Some people have comfort issues when attempting to wear gas permeable contact lenses during the day. But since ortho-k GP lenses are worn during sleep, comfort and lens awareness are generally not a problem.

    Cost Of Orthokeratology

    Ortho-k is a significantly longer process than a regular contact lens fitting. It requires a series of office visits and potentially multiple pairs of lenses. Also, GP lenses used for ortho-k are more costly than most regular contact lenses. Therefore, fees for orthokeratology are higher than fees for regular contact lens fittings. Currently the cost is $2500 and in some cases more for the fist year including a pair of finalized specially designed retainer contact lenses and all professional fees for the first year. The cost reduces to $1500 for the 2nd year and after. Fees are subject to change without notice.

    Can I Have LASIK After Ortho-k?

    Yes, it's possible to have LASIK surgery after orthokeratology. But because ortho-k lenses reshape your cornea, you must stop wearing the lenses for a period of time (usually several months) so your eyes can return to their original shape and stabilize. Be sure to tell your LASIK surgeon that you've worn ortho-k lenses, so they can advise you how long you should wait before having the surgery.

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