Eye Exams - Laser Vision Correction (LASIK & PRK)
Laser vision correction, such as LASIK and PRK may be an excellent alternative to wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses for some people. When performed and cared for correctly, laser eye surgery has been shown to be a safe and effective way to correct your vision. It is important to know however that laser vision procedures such as LASIK and PRK will not provide better vision then eyeglasses or contact lenses, nor is laser eye surgery a permanent vision solution. At eye-bar, our optometrists are very knowledgeable about the various types of vision correction surgeries available and would be happy to help guide you in better understanding the procedures. Both Dr. Amy Bakelaar & Dr. Ross McKenzie have extensive clinical experience working alongside laser eye surgeons and have provided post-operative care to thousands of Edmonton and Sherwood Park patients.
If you have already undergone laser eye surgery, our eye-bar optometrists are still happy to see you for your annual eye examinations. Routine eye examinations are still important to monitor for eye health and vision changes. Having perfect 20/20 vision does not make one immune to developing eye disease. One of the greatest risks post-surgical is failure to have an annual eye health examination to monitor general eye health.
Steps Involved in Laser Eye Surgery:
1) Laser or Refractive Surgery Consultations
Prior to electing to undergo a laser eye surgery procedure such as LASIK or PRK, you must have a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. The consultation will determine if you are eligible for laser vision correction and determine the best laser correction solution or solutions to suit your eyes. During a refractive laser surgery consultation, the optometrists will discuss the pros and cons of the available surgeries, such as LASIK and PRK. You are provided unbiased advice from an eye care professional with your eye health and vision as the top priority. eye-bar is not affiliated with any surgical sites; our focus is helping you determine which surgery site and procedure type is right for you.
Following your consultation, eye-bar can arrange a formal consultation with the surgical centre of your choice, and will forward your most recent eye examine information. We invite you however to return to eye-bar for your post-operative care.
2) Surgical Centre Consultation
After your information has been forwarded to the laser surgery centre of your choice, you will be contacted to book an evaluation. During this evaluation, additional measurement will be taken to determine the most appropriate procedure for your eyes.
3) Post-Operative Care
Following your refractive surgery procedure, you will require post-operative care to ensure proper healing and to closely monitor the health of your eyes. You as the patient, have the ability to choose to use the co-managing optometrist at the laser eye surgery clinic or return to your own optometrist. At eye-bar, our optometrists frequently handle the post-operative care of our patients. eye-bar patients enjoy our more flexible appointment scheduling and reduced waiting room times. All of our doctors have worked in refractive surgery centres, and have co-managed thousands of laser eye surgery and refractive eye surgery procedures.
The Laser Vision Expertise of Optometrists at eye-bar
eye-bar optometrists excel at pre-operative consultations and post-operative laser vision care. Dr. Ross McKenzie and Dr. Amy Bakelaar both work alongside Dr. Joseph Leong-Sit Jr., M.D. at one of Edmonton’s premier laser vision correction clinics, Eye Q Premium Laser. Dr. Amy Bakelaar has also worked at both LASIK MD and KingVision (formerly ClearlyLasik) in Edmonton. Working directly in clinics with ophthalmologists ensures eye-bar optometrists are exceptionally knowledgable and current in their laser vision expertise. eye-bar’s optometrists are extensively trained in both the pre-operative consultation and the post-operative care and management of both LASIK and PRK patients.
Laser Eye Surgery Clinics - Edmonton
Edmonton is fortunate to have many well respected laser eye surgery centres and talented laser eye surgeons to choose from. eye-bar is happy to co-manage your LASIK or PRK procedure with any of the following surgical centres. We would also be happy to forward your exam information to the surgery centre of your choice to ensure that they completely understand your ocular history.
Am I a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser eye surgery such as LASIK or PRK is approved for patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. Laser eye surgery however cannot correct presbyopia (loss of near reading vision secondary to natural ages changes) and these patients will still require reading glasses after the procedure.
To learn more about laser eye surgery and the risks and benefits of undergoing this elective procedure, book an eye examination with one of the eye doctors at eye-bar optometry.
Disclaimer: Laser eye surgery or refractive eye surgery is a decision that requires a lot of consideration. All refractive eye surgery is considered cosmetic and it is not medically required to address vision concerns. eye-bar optometry will not be held responsible for any surgical problems that may arise. All surgeries contain risks and no procedure is 100% free of complications. It is the responsibility of your laser eye surgeon to fully disclose all risk factors and potential complications, as these may vary from patient to patient and with the type of refractive procedure finally performed.