Can I get laser eye surgery for vision correction while breastfeeding?

No. You need to be completely finished breastfeeding for one month prior to coming in for a consultation and surgery!

Hello,About 5 years ago I started to need glasses for seeing computer screens, cell phone as things within 3 feet of my eyes became very difficult to read. I have no issues with sight for things further than a computer screen away from my eyes. It is very annoying to have to carry glasses in my pocket when going to the grocery store so I can read prices and particularly annoying when I can't read my dashboard without putting my glasses on but if I put them on I would surely cause a crash lol.I am wondering if there is a corrective procedure for something like this as it would be nice to get my vision back to where it was a few years ago. As well, if a procedure is an option, what can I expect with pricing/surgery process/recovery etc.Thanks for your time!

We have a procedure called Refractive Lensectomy, if you are a candidate for this procedure this would correct your reading vision. The cost for this procedure is $5495.00 per eye. It would start with an initial consultation and pre-operative examination with Dr. Blaylock, the cost for this is $100 and goes towards your surgery. After that appointment you would need to come back for a measurement appointment and then typically we can get you in for surgery approximately 2-4 weeks after that visit. We ask that you see your family doctor for a history and physical to make sure you are fit to have surgery in our Center. After surgery you can usually return to normal activities within 48 hours of surgery.

Does cataract cause eye pain / sensitivity to light?

Cataracts do not cause eye pain, but can cause eye strain headache. For some people cataracts can cause sensitivity to light.

ICL or RLE?Hi there!I am 50 and wear glasses for myopia. I do not need readers. I had Lasik 20 years ago. Am I a good candidate for ICL or RLE? Is the cost covered through MSP or SunLife?Thank you!

It depends. ICL would correct your distance vision but you would loose your near vision. RLE with trifocals would give you good distance, intermediate and near vision. This is a uninsured service and not covered by MSP.

can a patient with a cornea transplant get PRK?

Dr. Blaylock has done PRK on a patient with a cornea transplant in the past. I would need to find out a little more information from you. What is your date of birth? How long ago did you have the transplant done? What is your current prescription?

I have had past laser vision correction operations. The last one in 2007. However scarring has developed over the cornea in both eyes. What procedure is possible to correct this. And how much would the cost be for each eye.

We would need to get an operative report on all of your previous laser surgeries. We also would need your latest eye examination report from your Optometrist. We are unable to determine what you are a candidate for until we receive this information and then have you in for a consultation/pre-operative examination. The cost would be $195.00 for the pre-operative exam with Dr. Blaylock. Not sure if you have a prescription left or if you are looking for a therapeutic treatment on your cornea? At this time I cannot give you a cost until we know what you are a candidate for.

A friend says he had focusable lenses implanted during cataract surgery.. . . Does such a thing exist? Or does he mean multi-focal lenses?

There is no such thing at this point as focusable lenses. Multi Focal lenses are the only option for people with distant and reading vision needs.

How far along does a person have to be with cataracts in order to qualify for the surgery? If a person has only minor cataract problems, so they have to wait for them to progress and become severe before qualifying, or can it be done much earlier in that person's life? Thank you for your help

To proceed with cataract surgery, the cataract needs to be be clinically significant. Otherwise it is called refractive lensectomy and is priced differently because it is not covered by MSP. It is refractive surgery, a procedure to get rid of glasses.

Cataracts can evolve very slowly. Your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist when you are clinically suitable for cataract surgery.

Am I a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery?

There is no one ideal candidate. It is on a case by case basis and therefore requires a personal evaluation. As a general rule, however, LASIK and PRK are for those 19-years and older with healthy corneas and no significant change in prescription over the past 12 months.

If your corneas are not healthy or you have extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness, we are pleased to evaluate you for alternative treatments available at our centre.

My optometrist said I have a cataract in one eye that is 2 lines away from requiring removal. When asked what that meant he said it's 90% away from needing surgery to remove the cataract. 2 years ago my eye examination did not reveal any cataract. How long will it take before I should be seen by an ophthalmologist?

To proceed with cataract surgery, the cataract needs to be be clinically significant. Otherwise it is called refractive lensectomy and is priced differently because it is not covered by MSP. It is refractive surgery, a procedure to get rid of glasses.

Cataracts can evolve very slowly. Your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist when you are clinically suitable for cataract surgery.

Does cataract surgery hurt?

Cataract surgery is usually painless.

I am experiencing more eye floaters recently. Is there anything that can be done to remove them?

Thank you for contacting us.

There are laser surgeon that removes them. Contact a retinal specialist, they should be able to help.

Hi Dr Blaylock-message from a happy patient

Hi Dr. Blaylock,About 16 years ago, I had lasik eye surgery in your office. Best thing I ever did! After the followup appointments were over, I never went back to an eye doctor until about 3 weeks ago. (I know that's not recommended....) Anyways, my eyes are still fine at 53 years of age and I can see 20/20 and 20/25. My eye doctor said that if I needed glasses for close up work, that 1.5 readers from the drug store would be more than sufficient! Thanks again! New Year's blessings on you and all your staff! Sincerely, Arlene Poet

if I have cataract surgery at the hospital will I see fine with the lens that is put in.

The lens offered at the hospital is a Monofocal lens which after surgery your vision should be improved for distance, but you will require glasses for reading and for correcting residual astigmatism.
Dr. Blaylock does offer refractive cataract surgery in our surgery centre where you could potentially get out of glasses for both reading and distance if you are a candidate.

I’ve heard a lot about LASIK. Isn’t it the best option for corrective eye surgery?

Not necessarily. In fact LASIK is an appropriate procedure for only about 60% of patients. For most other people there are more suitable procedures that can be safer and offer better outcomes. This is why it is so important to know your options, otherwise you can't make an informed decision about what is best for you.

A message from a patient-Feb 2017

February 2nd, 2017 I would like to pass on my compliments to Dr. Blalock and staff as I recently had cataract surgery done at his office and the results have been spectacular ! To start with the entire procedure start to finish was totally pain free! I had both eyes done, one week apart, and can now see vibrant colors, crystal clear, like a veil has been lifted from in front of my eyes. Both surgeries were done a month ago, and everything as far as recovery goes, and expected results has been 100% successful. I would not hesitate for one second to recommend Dr. Blalock for cataract surgery, if you need it done, your life will change ! You may feel free to post my comments on any social media page you like, as I have nothing but good things to say about my entire experience! Gord Lefort

Laser eye surgery success rate?

Success depends primarily on the skill of the surgeon and, to a degree, on the technology used and the size of the prescription treated. The larger the astigmatism and the more myopia or hyperopia then the more likelihood that enhancement (touch up) will be required.
ICL has the highest success rate compared to all other technologies, with better quality vision. At VLEC, we have not performed an enhancement on any ICL patient in the last 2 years.

I had RK done in 1986. Over the years I’ve gone from -1 to +3 in my right eye and from -2 to +2 in my left eye. I now have the beginning of cataracts but notenough to qualify for MSP. My corneas have a lot of scarring which causes difficulties with my nightvision. My question is what would you recommend be done for a case like mine and if you can help what wouldthe cost be?

At VLEC, we have been implanting multifocal lens on post RK, PRK and LASIK patients for over a year. Our results are excellent! The cost is 6495$ per eye.

What is your laser surgery success rate?

Our success rates are outstanding – and we can support our claims with actual statistics. As a research centre, VLEC carefully tracks the outcomes of all our patients and compiles credible, industry-recognized data.

That means the statistics we give you are actually about Dr. Blaylock and VLEC, rather than numbers published by the manufacturers of a particular technology. After all, when you go in for a procedure, you want to know about the performance of the surgeon operating on you.

In order to make an appointment with you to consider laser eye surgery treatment options, do I need to first consult with my existing optometrist? Or, can I just book an appointment?

Great question. I just need a little more information about yourself before I am able to answer your question. If you could answer the following questions:

  1. What is your date of birth?
  2. Where do you currently live?
  3. What is your prescription?

Laser eye surgery risks? Is it safe? What are the complication rates?

Laser eye surgery is very safe, but as with all surgery, there is a risk of complication. The most common are dryness, loss of quality of vision and a loss of effectiveness over time. Flap folds and striae occur with Lasik only. More serious complications include diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK) with Lasik, corneal infection with PRK and ectasia seen in both Lasik, more common, and PRK, less common. Risks vary for procedure and from facility to facility. Over all they should be uncommon. Centers are often unaware of their complication rates, as they do not collect the data, or exhibit bias when reporting outcomes. Most report “industry standards” and these are not reliable indicators of an individual centers outcomes.

At VLEC, significant complications are far less then 1%.

It helps to be aware that poor visual outcome is more common with a lifetime of contact lens wear than with laser eye surgery.

What technology do you use?

The science of eye care is evolving at astonishing speed. VLEC is committed to keeping up with the very latest innovations and technologies in order to provide you with the most advanced treatments available today. That is why VLEC is almost always the first eye centre in British Columbia to introduce new technologies and expertise as they emerge.

Why choose VLEC?

Simple – we understand how precious your vision is to you, and are committed to detail, quality, integrity and providing the best possible outcomes for you and your eyes.

Do I need follow-up exams after cataract surgery?

Yes. You must be seen at VLEC for your first 24 hour follow-up appointment. Then, you must be examined at two weeks and six weeks. These visits may be done at our center or with your local eye care physician.

I am terrified of eye surgery. Can I receive general anesthetic or IV sedation at VLEC?

No. General anaesthetic and IV sedation are only available in the public healthcare system. That being said, most people feel comfortable with topical eye drops as anesthetic.

What is the recovery time after cataract surgery?

Dr Blaylock asks that you have a restful first twenty four hours after surgery. You may return to your normal activities, including work, two days after surgery. Please do not rub the eye for the first week. Remember that safety glasses are necessary for sporting, recreational and work activities.

Is there a wait list for MSP coverage or is it strictly private and cash and not associated with msp

We do have a waitlist for patients that want surgery at the hospital. MSP covers the surgery as long as you choose the lens that they offer. The waitlist currently is 9-10 months.

We also offer private refractive cataract surgery. Typically you can get in to see Dr. Blaylock for the initial consultation within 2 weeks and then have your surgery within 4 weeks at our private center. The cost for private surgery is $1500 - $5000 depending on the surgery package that you choose.

Please let me know if you would like to book a cataract consultation with Dr. Blaylock. You would need to get a referral from your family doctor or Optometrist for MSP to pay for the consultation.

How long do I have to stay at VLEC after cataract surgery?

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery area. Once comfortable and feeling well, you will be discharged home, usually after about 30 minutes.

Should I choose an eye surgeon who offers different options?

Yes! Not everyone is right for the same standard procedures. Some would enjoy far better outcomes with other technologies. Therefore, if only 1 or 2 procedures are offered, you may not make a fully informed decision about what is truly in your best interest.

At VLEC, we offer the broadest range of services available in British Columbia. This allows us to tailor treatment to the needs, lifestyle and budget of each individual patient, with safety and effectiveness always our # 1 priority.

The power to treat multiple conditions at once Thanks to our wide range of services, we can also treat multiple conditions. For example, we can correct farsightedness, presbyopia or other vision issues during cataract or glaucoma surgery. Get it done once, and get it done right.

Do I need to be accompanied to my cataract surgery?

Yes, on the day of surgery and for your follow-up exam 24 hours after surgery, you need to be accompanied by a companion.

I play a lot of tennis squash and golf as well as work in an office that requires a lot of computer screen time. I am 50 but have cataracts. Would you recommend monovision, (one lens for distance and one for reading)? Does this set up affect hand eye coordination?

This is an impossible question to answer without looking at your eyes. Multi-focal lens would be your best option if you are a candidate.

And yes, monovision can affect hand eye coordination but not significantly.

How long does the cataract procedure take?

The procedure usually takes about 20 minutes per eye.

What is the cost of laser eye surgery?

Our pricing is transparent, with no hidden costs or fees. At VLEC, our price includes pre-op and post-op care, and one enhancement within 2 years, if deemed safe and necessary by the ophthalmologist.

The cost of surgery varies from very low fees, marketed to individuals with very small refractive error, using traditional bladed techniques for Lasik. To higher costs for premium state of the art all laser Lasik with wave front optimized ablation patterns and highly personalized care. The advertised prices may appear very low based on financing over five year terms for basic entry procedures; the corporate model is to sell up the procedure once you are in the door. They add meaningless “life time enhancement policies” knowing that most people cannot be enhanced safely or predictably after one or two years have passed.
Look for centers with simple all included pricing that offer premium care with at least one free enhancement, if you need more than one enhancement you should decline surgery and seek another opinion. They should all have financing. PRK all included should be $1600/eye, all laser Lasik all included, should be $2100/ eye. Corneal cross-ling at the time of Lasik Xtra should be $500/ eye in addition to the base price.

What if my vision is still blurred after cataract surgery?

Please keep in mind that there is an adjustment period and it can take up to six months, or even longer, for some patients to achieve their ultimate visual expectation, following cataract surgery. Some patients (5-10 %) may request laser refractive surgery to correct any residual refraction. This can be performed 3-4 months following the initial procedure. We will reduce the fee by 50% if you are a candidate for laser refractive surgery enhancement and underwent your cataract surgery with us.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we have easy financing options. Contact us for details.

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What is the difference between LASIK, PRK and ICL implantable contact lenses? How can I make the right choice?

LASIK involves creating a corneal flap on the surface of the eye. The older traditional method uses a blade, while modern LASIK eye surgery involves using a laser to create the flap. A second laser is used to recontour the surface of the eye to correct the vision. PRK requires removal of the thin outermost layer of the eye usually with a brush or spatula and then reshaping the other layer with a laser to correct the vision.
ICL(implantable contact lens) is the newest generation of vision correction. It is not performed by laser. The surgeon makes a small incision in the cornea and inserts an implantable contact lens behind the iris that corrects the vision. It is more predictable and likely safer then LASIK and PRK.
If you have dry eye, thin corneas, higher prescription myopia or astigmatism and there is enough space in the eye to accommodate an ICL, it is your best choice.
LASIK in well-selected patient gives an equally quick return to good vision as ICL, but there are many patients who are not a good candidate for LASIK.
PRK typically is the least expensive surgery with a slower recovery time and somewhat less predictable vision then LASIK or ICL.

I am currently trying to enter the Canadian Armed Forces, but my eyesight precludes me from entry. I am near-sighted, and my vision without eye glasses is very poor. I am entering a combat trade (infantry), so I require a solution that will be durable, for obvious reasons, and grant me excellent eyesight. What options do I have?

Good question. The Canadian military allows PhotoRefractive Keratectomy ( PRK ) and Lasik. Both procedures are excellent assuming your eyes are good candidates for surgery. PRK leaves you with a more durable eye than Lasik. Lasik is more expensive but more immediate in terms of visual recovery, and easier to enhance in the first year. Long term you will get less regression with PRK and enhancement is routine even many years later with PRK. Having said all this they still require that you pass there visual assessment post surgery. The US military also accepts Implantable Contact Lenses, ( ICL), the Canadian military does not.

Is your eye surgery accepted by the RCMP? If so which procedure is required?

RCMP currently accept ICL, Lasik and PRK if post operatively you meet their visual requirements. We would have to assess you to determine what would be your best choice; that depends on your prescription and corneal health.

What is restorative eye surgery

Restorative eye surgery is a marketing term used to describe Refractive Lens Exchange ( RLE ) or Refractive Lensectomy. There are other similar terms used including Restore Vision Procedure, Bioptics and Presby reversal. There is some overlap with laser technique marketing terms too. Even corneal Inlay terms are oblique and confusing. It all gets muddled pretty easily. It helps to think of it as lens removal, just like cataract surgery, with multifocal lens implant but no cataract. Hope that helps.

I have a friend who is Type II Diabetic which is fully under control by diet, is she still a candidate for Laser Correction ?

Yes, we can do laser eye surgery on patients that have type II diabetes. But we would need to see first if he is a candidate. Best regards.

I had a PRK more than 15 years ago. I was over corrected from 8 diopters Myopic to 1-1/2 diopters Hyperopic and my astigmatism has returnedI have had several exams where the surgeon thinks my cornea are too thin for further corrections.Am I a candidate for a refractive lensectomy? I am 65 and also experiencing presbyopia as well.thank you.

You should not rub your eye for one month after cataract surgery.

Thank you!