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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thank you!