Laser Vision Assessment
Congratultons of your decision to explore laser vision correction. Whatever your personsal reasons may be, laser eye surgery is a life changing event and there are many options to consider. We encourage you to research all of your options, assess the benefits and risks, and make an informed decision that is suited to your individual vision needs.
Laser vision correction is a viable alternative to wearing prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. It is a type of refractive surgery used to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. While not everyone is a candidate for laser vision correction, there are more options today that make it accessible to more people.
There are two types of laser vision correction procedures, iLASIK and PRK.
This surgical procedure involves two main steps. First, a flap of corneal tissue is created. Traditionally this flap was created with a hand-held blade called a microkeratome. Most laser centers no longer use a blade, instead creating a laser or IntraLase flap. The IntraLase flap virtually eliminates blade-related complications and provides further improvement in saety and precision, while providing predictably better visual results.
The flap is then lifted, revealing a layer of the cornea where an eximer laser is used to treat vision. The flap is replaced and adheres to the cornea, usually within seconds.
The actual laser procedure usually takes less than a minute for each eye.
With PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), a flap is not created but rather the surface layer of the cornea is gently removed with a soft amoils brush. The eximer laser is then used to treat your prescription.
Dr. Cousineau offers pre and post-operative care for patients undergoing refractive surgery. Once it is determined that you are a candidate a referral will be made to a surgical center. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a pre-operative assessment appointment or have any questions about Lasik surgery.