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LASIK

LASIK has been performed in Canada for approximately 15 years and is one of the original refractive procedures. LASIK involves using bladed keratomes (a surgical steel blade for incising the cornea) to provide a surgical option at a lower cost than newer technologies.

Why VLEC now only offers iLasik instead of Lasik:

Most patients are pleased and somewhat surprised to find that at Valley Laser Eye Centre, iLASIK is 100% all laser. The more common traditional LASIK creates a flap with a hand-held mechanical blade called a microkeratome, where as iLASIK is 100% blade free. While traditional LASIK with a blade is outdated and not as safe as bladeless iLASIK, some surgeons still use this technique.

Dr Blaylock always has his patients best interest at heart; it's no surprise that Valley Laser Eye Centre was the first in BC to offer advanced iLASIK for increased accuracy and safety with no metal blade. iLASIK allows Dr. Blaylock precise control and accuracy during your procedure for the best possible visual outcomes.

LASIK vs. iLASIK

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LASIK

Old style LASIK utilizes a handheld steel mechanical device called a microkeratome. It uses a metal blade to cut into the surface of the eye to create a flap. Unfortunately, this is how many surgeons still perform LASIK.

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iLASIK

In iLASIK the metal blade is replaced with a laser called IntraLase. It creates a flap with the safety and accuracy of a computer controlled, cold beam laser. This is a far safer and more predictable approach to laser vision correction.

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LASIK SURGERY FAQs

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Why opt for LASIK surgery?

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At VLEC, over 99% of our patients don't need to wear glasses after LASIK for distance vision. So, opt for LASIK to see better, less halo, less glare, and over 70% of patients better then 20/20. See our LASIK surgery under Eye treatment: iLASIK, custom view PRK, ICL(implantable contact lenses) and refractive lensectomy.


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How long does the LASIK procedure take?

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Both iLASIK and PRK take about 20 minutes. For patients who opt for Xtra add 10 minutes to operative time.


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Does LASIK surgery hurt?

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No, although you will be aware of Dr Blaylock touching around your eye.


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How long do I have to stay after LASIK surgery?

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After LASIK surgery, you will be brought to our recovery area for a post-operative evaluation lasting about 20-25 minutes.


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Do I need to be accompanied?

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Yes. You need to be accompanied on the day of your LASIK surgery and for your 24-hour follow-up visit.


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Do I need follow-up exams?

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Yes, you will return to your ophthalmologists 24 hours after the surgery. Then, you must be examined at one week, one month, three months, six months and twelve months. These visits may be done at your ophthalmologists eye centre or at your local eye care physician’s office.


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What is my recovery time?

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Ophthalmologists recommend quiet time at home, perhaps resting or watching TV, for 24 hours following your procedure. You can usually go back to work after 24 hours.