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LASIK & Refractive Surgery Co-Management

eye with laserThe doctors at our Eye Care Clinic have extensive experience in the pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care of LASIK and other vision correction procedures.

We will evaluate your eyes and discuss your visual goals to help determine if you are an appropriate candidate for LASIK, PRK or Cataract Refractive Technology. If you have appropriate goals and there are no contraindications for the procedure, we will recommend a pre-operative evaluation to determine suitability for refractive surgery. This evaluation includes:

  • Counseling on refractive surgery options
  • Eye dominancy testing
  • Review of eye history and refractive stability
  • Medical evaluation of the cornea and eye
  • Current Refraction Status

If after the pre-operative evaluation, the decision is made to proceed with surgery, your information will be forwarded to the surgeon, a pre surgery consult with a surgeon will be scheduled. Post-operative management will be provided by our doctors, and includes multiple visits over a period from the date of surgery to include medical evaluation and management of the vision and corneal healing. Evaluation of any additional needs such as reading glasses, sunglasses, or enhancement laser procedures is also included.

LASIK is currently the most popular vision-correcting or “refractive” surgery available. But there are other options as well. We will help you find the ideal solution for your problem and partner with the best surgeon to perform your procedure.

Introduction to LASIK

LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. You may hear people calling it “LASIX,” but the correct name is LASIK, which is short for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.”

Why is it so popular? LASIK has advantages over other vision correction procedures, including a relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision usually is achieved by the very next day.

An instrument called a microkeratome is used in LASIK eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Another, newer way of making the flap is with a laser.

The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove (“ablate”) very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.

When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.

Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.

Learn more about Vision Surgery including LASIK, PRK, Corneal Transplants and more.

Attention:

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the College of Optometrists of Ontario has recommended to restrict eye care to urgent care cases only.

Your safety and well-being are of the greatest importance to us.

Our office will be restricting our appointments and hours accordingly.

It is our belief that we want to limit the number of patients that should be going to the emergency room at this time, so we want to help by seeing those eye emergencies when we can.

Please do not come to our office if:

You have tested positive for COVID-19 virus.

You have been exposed at any point to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

You are feeling ill in any way (not just COVID-19) symptoms

You have returned to Canada from out of country and have not completed a 14 day period of self-isolation.

Please note, that all phone calls will still be answered in normal daytime business hours and triaged accordingly by Dr. Ruhl. As well, email requests/concerns can be sent 24 hours/day, 7 days a week, and we will attempt to return a message within 24 hours. (If a response is not received in this time period and /or this is an ocular emergency, then you should proceed to the emergency department for assessment.)

If an appointment is necessary, then Dr. Ruhl will arrange for the time for the appointment at the office. If a patient comes to the office, we request that only the patient comes in the office and please leave all family, friends, drivers, etc… outside the office unless the patient requires them for assistance.

All patients must wash their hands thoroughly upon entering the office for their appointment.

To those patients wishing to pick up glasses, we can possibly arrange a time (and place for pickup) via a phone call to the office.

At this time, contact lenses can be ordered as well. When possible, we will have the contact lenses shipped directly to your residence from the manufacturer. In other cases, we will attempt to deliver them to your house ourselves. We will arrange for payment when you call the office.

Thank you for your consideration in these difficult times.

Dr. Ruhl

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CONTACT LENSES CAN STILL BE ORDERED!

You can still order contact lenses and have them delivered right to your door at no charge in most cases. Call the office during daytime office hours or send an email and we’ll get right back to you and have your order arranged!