LASIK eye surgery or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis is a type of refractive surgery used to treat many common vision problems such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Refractive eye surgery is any kind of eye surgical treatment that is capable to improve the refractive state of the eye and therefore, decrease or completely eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK eye surgery is becoming more and more popular since it has a number of benefits over other eye surgery methods. It usually provides faster patient recovery and is associated with more benefits than some other widely used procedures. Lasik and Laser eye surgery is very safe nowadays, and it is very affordable and often a lot cheaper than in the United States.
Cost of LASIK eye surgery in Canada
According to the most recent studies, conducted this year, about 6.9% of conventional LASIK procedures cost less than $1,000 per eye in Canada. The price of the procedure depends on the exact method. For example, less expensive options include using microkeratomes instead of the lease beams, while the most expensive option considers guidance by Wavefront analysis. Wavefront procedures that use laser-created flaps (IntraLase Lasik) cost from $1,000 to $2,500 per eye.
Who is a right candidate?
LASIK surgery can dramatically improve the quality of patient’s life. Advances in modern technology have allowed more people than ever to undergo this procedure, and most of the people interested in it are right candidates for vision correction. However, there are some simple general requirements that each candidate should fulfill. First and the most important rule is that a person has to be in good general health. A right candidate is also older than 18 and he or she has had a stable prescription for at least a year. Interested candidates should consult their ophthalmologist to determine their candidacy and the most suitable type of treatment.
How does it work?
Ophthalmologists using a laser perform LASIK eye surgery or a microkeratome, a precision surgical instrument with an oscillating blade designed for creating the corneal flap in the cornea. LASIK is focused on creating a thin flap on the eye, folding it and remodeling the corneal tissue. Cornea is the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris, pupil, and anterior chamber, responsible for about two-thirds of the eye's total optical power. Reshaping of the cornea, therefore, allows for focusing power, and removes dependency on glasses or contact lenses.