Laser Eye Surgery Consultations in Chatham-Kent

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For those who need glasses or contact lenses, laser eye surgery can provide a more permanent solution to vision correction. Technological advances in the eye care industry also mean the surgeries are more effective and safer than ever. 

At Dr. David Oliphant Optometry, we provide comprehensive laser eye surgery consultations and co-manage our patients’ procedures. We’re committed to ensuring you access high-quality care, so we work closely with Vision Group Canada and the Windsor Laser Eye Institute

If you’re interested in learning more about your laser eye surgery options, please call us today and book an appointment.

Pre-Surgical Consultations

t’s a big decision to undergo laser eye surgery—it is surgery, after all, and an elective one at that. Having a dependable eye care team on your side can help ensure your surgery is as successful as it can be. 

Our eye care professionals at Dr. David Oliphant Optometry make up your primary eye care team, and it’s our responsibility to protect your eye health before and after your procedure. First, we perform a comprehensive laser eye surgery consultation to ensure your candidacy for eye surgery and then monitor your healing post-surgery.

A pre-surgical consultation involves a complete eye exam and a discussion regarding your specific visual needs, expectations, the various procedure options, and the associated risks.

Common Laser Eye Surgeries

Two of the most commonly performed laser eye surgeries are LASIK and PRK. These procedures are similar in that they correct the same refractive errors by reshaping the cornea but in slightly different ways. 

Photorefractive keratectomy: also known as PRK, involves removing the outer layer of the cornea and reshaping the tissue below. Your eyes are fitted with bandage contact lenses and will heal over a few months. 

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis: also known as LASIK, involves cutting a flap in the outer layer of the cornea and reshaping the tissue below. The flap is placed back down and is left to heal on its own over the next few months. 

No matter the type of surgery you undergo, you’ll be required to visit us for regular follow-up appointments so we can monitor your healing progress.

Who Is a Candidate for Laser Eye Surgery?

Since everyone’s eyes and visual needs are different, we need to do a laser eye surgery consultation to definitively assess if you’re a candidate for surgery. However, here are the basic requirements

  • Over 18
  • A stable vision prescription over the last year
  • A vision prescription that can be improved to at least 20/40
  • A prescription between -1.00 and -12.00 diopters if you are nearsighted
  • Average pupil size of about 6 mm in a dark room

You may be disqualified for laser eye surgery if you: 

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have chronic allergies that can affect your eyelids and eye healing
  • Have a condition that affects the eye, such as glaucoma or diabetes
  • Have an autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus that can affect your healing
  • Have thin corneas that may not be sturdy enough to handle surgery (specifically LASIK)
  • Have large pupils that increase your risk of visual disturbances
  • Have already had eye surgery in the past

Come Visit Us

Our practice is located on the corner of Grand Avenue East and Woodland Avenue. We have a large parking lot off Woodland Avenue with accessible parking and entrance.

Our Address

  • 412 Grand Avenue East
  • Chatham, Ontario N7L 1X1

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
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