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.
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.
- 412 Grand Avenue East
- Chatham, Ontario N7L 1X1
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