If you want to have great vision without relying corrective lenses, it's important that you visit our Toronto laser vision correction practice. During your visit, we can determine if LASIK surgery is an ideal option for you and your needs. The procedure itself is rather straightforward, though there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to surgical recovery. We'd like to take a few moments to go over the basics of LASIK recovery so you have a general understanding of what to expect.
About LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is a refractive procedure that is performed to reshape the cornea. It is an ideal treatment option for refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia
Until just a few years ago, we could only offer corneal transplants for those with keratoconus. Now we have a variety of new modalities, which include the following:
Collagen Corneal Cross-Linking
DALK with IntraLase.
Collagen corneal cross-linking will halt the progression of keratoconus in most cases. This procedure can be combined with Intacs in order to help reshape the cornea and improve the vision quality+ 80% of patients. Later, a small portion of the cornea can be removed with the excimer laser, which often results in further improvement of vision. An ICL can be inserted if the patient still has problems with near-sightedness or astigmatism. However, if the patients keratoconus is too advanced, we can perform a deep lamellar keratoplasty to remove the thin part of the cornea and replace it with a normal donor.
The IntraLase is a most amazing device for refractive and corneal surgery. Not only is Yonge Eglinton laser the centre with the most experience with this technology, we are also using it to modify astigmatism after corneal transplants. Normally, astigmatism is very common occurrence. This describes the oval shape of the cornea that occurs when the transplant is healed. This can be treated with glasses, but these cause a lot of distortion. Contact lenses of the hard variety can also correct the problem. But this doesn't fix the problem, only masks it, and gives relatively good vision. To permanently change the astigmatism, something must be done to the cornea. We see the challenge of rehabilitation after a new cornea is to have the person achieve good vision with glasses or even without any correction at all. When corneal transplants began over 100 years ago, just getting a clear new transplant was a miraculous thing. We have moved ahead a lot in the past 3 decades, yet still
You may have heard the rumours burbling in the busy current of Canadas eye enthusiast community Can it be true? Can it really? Yes. Yes it can, apparently. Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye and Cosmetic Centre in Toronto is the first centre in Ontario to offer Intacs corneal ring segments for the treatment of keratoconus. In fact, were one of the very few places in Canada offering this service. The others? Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haberbrook, and by gum it put them on the map!
We offer CustomVue, wavefront guided treatment to almost all our patients. The standard treatments, while good, represent older, less precise ways of reshaping the cornea. Without CustomVue, we cannot utilize the iris registration program, which allows us to precisely align the laser treatment and uniquely identify our patients by the laser. This alignment ensures a great result and takes into acount the shifting of the pupil when the pupil gets smaller. I can tell you, the smoothness of the surface after the laser is applied, is truly remarkable. While our older laser was good, the VisX Star S4 with iris registrationis a quantum leap forward, so much so that we recommend it in most instances.
People often ask us why we use the Intralase for flap creation when the long-established microkeratome (blade) technique is the height of safety and effectiveness. Well, inquisitive readers, rest assured that we here at the Young Eglinton Laser Centre in Toronto weighed in our minds the respective benefits of these techniques and concluded that the IntraLase easily justifies its status as our preferred means of flap creation. In fact, we like IntraLase so much, we no longer use microkeratome at all!
For our patients, the fact that we use IntraLaseis an assurancethat they are getting the best possible flap on their cornea with the utmost attention to their safety.For
In addition to making the cornealflap, new developments have extended use of the IntraLase into the realm of therapeutic applications. This means that patients requiring a corneal transplant can now be operated on with a laser using a process called IEK, or IntraLase Enabled Keratoplasty.
The cornea is a very thin curved tissue on the front of the eye which functions like a lens. We can often use a laser to reshape the cornea and eliminate the need to wear glasses. However, there are many people with corneal problemswhich cannot be correctedvia laser. A corneal transplant may correct the problem by putting a new, clear window in place, but the healing process is prolonged, and there is often a considerable amount of astigmatism afterwards.
This is where IntraLase
Are these for everyone? No -- though they were initially developed first for the correction of near-sightedness, they didnt pan out for this group of patients.However, a doctor in France suspected they might be good for patients with a condition called keratoconus. You will remember that the cornea is the clear dome on the front of the eye that functions as its major lens. This allows us to use lasers to correct near-sightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. If you have keratoconus, your cornea is distorted and vision is blurry. While this is often correctable with hard contact lenses, the lenses are uncomfortable and dont correct the vision all that well.
Thank goodness, then, for Intacs!