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Grande Prairie, AB
(780) 513-2020

Laser Eye Surgery Consultation

Laser refractive surgery (LASIK, etc.) is a safe and effective way to correct refractive errors of the eye.

You’ve probably seen or heard ads for laser vision correction. LASIK – the most popular and commonly advertised variant of laser refractive surgery – is a safe procedure that is performed on millions of Canadians and Americans every year.

If you have low astigmatism or myopia, laser corrective surgery may be an option to reduce or eliminate your need for corrective lenses. Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, there are several forms of laser refractive surgery. While each is a different take on the procedure, the end result is the same: your cornea is reshaped to correct refractive errors.

In order to receive the surgery you must first undergo a comprehensive eye exam and surgical assessment. During the exam we carefully measure the shape and size of your eyes, the level of correction required, as well as determine if you are a qualified candidate or not.

Considering Laser Refractive Surgery? See Us First.

A successful result from corrective surgery depends on having precise measurements of the eye as well as being a good candidate overall. Request an appointment where we will assess your eyes, explain the procedure best suited for you, and provide information on next steps, what to expect, etc.

More Information About Laser Refractive Surgery

Popular variations of the surgery

There are several versions of laser refractive surgery performed today. The most popular are:

  • LASIKLaser-assisted in situ keratomileusis – is the most popular version of laser refractive surgery. In this version of the surgery, a small flap is made in the cornea using a laser keratome or microkeratome. The flap is pulled back, exposing the cornea/lens, which are then reshaped using a high powered laser. The flap is returned to original position, acting as a natural band-aid. It heals quickly and does not require stitches.
  • PRKPhotorefractive keratectomy – is very similar to LASIK. The primary difference is that no corneal flap is created during PRK. Instead, the tissue is removed completely. The removed epithelial layer is regrown by the eye. The short-term recovery time is longer with PRK compared to LASIK/LASEK.
  • LASEKLaser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy – is similar to LASIK and PRK, a flap is made and moved aside to expose the corneal epithelial tissue. A laser is used to reshape the cornea, and the flap and epithelial layer are repositioned back over the eye as appropriate. LASEK is less popular compared to LASIK and PRK, though it is still a viable option for many people.

The actual surgical procedure only takes 10-15 minutes per eye. You will not be required to stay overnight, but will be kept for a few hours post surgery to monitor your recovery. Note that you will need a safe way to get home, as you will not be able to drive immediately post surgery.

You will be sent home with an eye patch and asked to rest for a few days post surgery. You will also be restricted from pools, hot tubs, and saunas for several weeks. Contact sports can be gradually reintroduced after 6-8 weeks, though care should be taken to ensure that you do not accidentally injure your eye or cause complications (especially for LASIK/LASEK surgeries).

Vision correction will happen rapidly, improving over the course of several days to a couple of weeks. Mild post-surgical discomfort is expected, though it generally abates after a week or two.

What You'll Find at Aurora Eye Care

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

Are Your Sunglasses UV Safe? +

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Buy a Pair, Support a Pair +

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

More Accurate Corrective Lens Prescriptions +

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

Where Aurora Eye Care is Located

Location Information

We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.

Address

9920 92 St
Grande Prairie AB, T8V 5N8

Contact Information

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Pamela Giles
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter
  • Dr. Kent Manville
  • Dr. Charlotte Forgie
  • Dr. Natasha Chrenek
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