Cataract surgery

Dr. Blaylock has been performing cataract surgery for over 20 years, with tens of thousands of successful procedures to his credit.

Our Philosophy

We are proud to offer you the industry’s most advanced technologies – and are committed to upgrading as technology evolves, for the best and safest possible outcomes. In fact, we were one of the very first eye centres in Western Canada to introduce technologies such as suture-less cataract surgery, foldable lens implants, bifocal lifestyle lenses and micro-incision cataract surgery and torsional phacoemulsification as well as laser assisted cataract surgery to our patients.

Our latest acquisition: ORA System™Technology is a sophisticated device used to provide real time measurements of the patient's eye–during cataract surgery.

*Take the best possible care of your eyes
*Offer you the best surgical options available
*Offer you quality at competitive prices
*Eliminate or reduce your need for glasses
*Improve your quality of life

Did you know that VLEC specializes in cataract surgery for patients who have previously undergone LASIK, PRK or Radial Keratotomy ?

What are my lens options for cataract surgery?

Monofocal lens implant for patients without astigmatism will usually give good distance vision.
Toric lens implant, will correct distance vision even when there is astigmatism.
Multi-focal and toric multi-focal lenses will correct reading, mid and far distance vision(presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism).

I have had PRK, LASIK or Radial Keratotomy (RK), can I still have cataract surgery?

Yes, it is called Refractive Lens Implant. The preoperative measurements to determine Lens power, are more complicated and most surgeons do not have access to the whole range of necessary diagnostic equipment to get best results. VLEC has a long experience treating these more challenging cases with great success.

VLEC currently uses the ORA System™Technology. It is a sophisticated device used to provide real time measurements of the patient's eye–during surgery, not possible with today's conventional instruments. That allows us to implant the proper lens into the eye for excellent visual outcomes.

In-hospital surgery

Dr. Blaylock also offers cataract surgery in a public hospital facility within 8-10 months of your appointment. Cataract surgery is fully covered by your BC provincial health plan. Unfortunately many of our advanced technologies are not available in our public hospitals.

What is cataract surgery?

Dr Blaylock will make a small incision in the cornea and construct an opening into the cataract (cloudy lens) using the laser. The cataract is then removed with ultrasound and an artificial lens is implanted into the eye.

The most technologically advanced methods use a laser to assist the surgeon. The laser assisted cataract surgery provides greater precision and better safety and quality of vision than traditional bladed surgery. Traditional bladed surgery is far less expensive and provides acceptable results.

Does cataract surgery hurt?

Cataract surgery is usually painless.

What is my recovery time?

Once you arrive home, rest and sleep as much as possible for the first 24 hours. Please use your prescribed eye medications as directed during the post-op period. You can return to work the following week. Do not rub your eye for one week after surgery.

What if my vision is still blurred?

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 the lens implant procedure. Some patients (5-10 %) may want 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.

What is the cost of cataract surgery?

If you are a resident of British Columbia and you do not mind waiting for public surgery, there should be no costs. The pre-op, post-op surgeon fees are insured services by the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia. This is all free.

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

The risks with cataract surgery include: • infection • hemorrhage • retinal detachment • worsening glaucoma • retinal swelling • and complications related to surgeon error.

Significant risk is felt to be well less than 1 %.

The risks with laser assisted cataract surgery appear to be less, especially with fewer surgeon-induced complications.