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Conventional LASIK vs. iLASIK

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Bense, Bense Vision, Eye Health, Eyes, iLASIK, Newfoundland, Technology, Vision

Dr. Bense

Conventional LASIK vs. iLASIK

Vision correction has come so far from the first eye glasses introduced in the 13th century, we have evolved from specs to surgeries. The first Laser Vision correction surgeries started with PRK in early 1990’s, followed by the LASIK procedure late 1990’s and then iLASIK in the early-mid 2000’s. If you are interested in LASIK eye surgery and have come this far, you’ve likely been doing some research on Blade vs. Bladeless. What do these terms really mean? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Is it worth it? We want to clear the air and answer some of these common concerns.


Let’s start by telling you what happens during the LASIK procedure, this will help you understand the difference! During LASIK, the cornea (the outermost layer of the eye) is reshaped to correct vision including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In order to get to the corneal tissue that needs to be reshaped, the LASIK surgeon must create a thin corneal flap. The flap is the very exterior layer, often described as thin as “saran wrap” or “skin on an onion”. The flap is then lifted for application of laser energy that reshapes the eye for vision correction. The flap stays connected to the eye, when the LASIK procedure is complete and the cornea has been reshaped, the surgeon “closes” the flap, which naturally starts to ahere right away.

What is Conventional or traditional LASIK?

In a conventional LASIK procedure, the surgeon will use a bladed instrument known as a microkeratome to cut a thin flap into the cornea. The hand-held blade comes in direct contact with the cornea in this type of procedure. The flap (door into the cornea) created by a microkeratome is not always precise and may be thinner toward the middle of the flap because of how the blade works. This has the potential to cause certain types of flap defects including buttonholes (where the flap is shaped like a button) and flaps that become detached from the eye or incomplete.

What does “Blade-Free” LASIK means?

In a 100% blade-free LASIK procedure (AKA bladeless or all-laser LASIK procedure), the surgeon will use the advanced technology of a laser to create the flap (door to the cornea). At Bense Vision, our iLASIK procedure exclusively uses the advanced IntraLase iFS™ femtosecond laser – the most advanced Laser Vision Correction used worldwide. This laser uses high-energy laser pulses to separate the corneal tissue. Using this advanced laser technology to create the corneal flap means a more consistent thickness throughout the flap and reduces the number of complications that can result from using the bladed microkertome instrument.

What are the advantages of blade-free flaps

It is a fact that iLASIK technology is 25 times more accurate that conventional LASIK. It is so custom, so precise, and so accurate that we are able to treat many more patients, those that would not have been candidates for “conventional” LASIK are more likely to be good candidates for iLASIK today. As well, using a laser to create the corneal flap during LASIK will lead to fewer flap complications, that we used to see when doing cornea bladed LASIK. This can translate to additional benefits in terms of long-term quality of vision following this iLASIK procedure. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of using a laser to create the corneal flap in a LASIK procedure. Some of the advantages compared with conventional LASIK include:

  • Less flap complications
  • Increased accuracy creating the corneal flap
  • Unprecedented control and precision during the procedure
  • Less patient anxiety without the “blade”
  • Reduced occurrence of halos and glare associated with blade
  • Better long-term vision quality
  • Treat more patients
  • Dry eyes more associated with blade

Is Blade-Free really worth It?

There are many advantages to blade-free LASIK, and there are certainly associated costs with this type of procedure. However, at Bense Vision we believe so strongly that the blade free iLASIK procedure, is the standard of care for today – we do not pass on that cost difference to our patients. It is our opinion that patients who receive the bladed LASIK for the same cost as Bense Vision’s iLASIK are simply overpaying. Did you know? The blade-free iLASIK procedure is the only approved laser vision correction procedure for use by NASA and US Military branches! Now that you understand the advantages compared with conventional LASIK, it’s up to you to determine if the benefits are important to you! When it comes to your vision, you decide what you want and deserve!

Don’t underestimate Surgeon Experience!

While blade-free iLASIK offers many benefits compared with conventional LASIK, the most important aspect is that the patient is in the hands of an expert surgeon. We are talking about tools, and tools are only as good as the surgeon who is using them. For example, a novice surgeon does not have the experience and skill as a seasoned surgeon who has been performing LASIK for many years. While both of these surgeons may use the same femtosecond laser, the seasoned surgeon would be more skilled at using the laser to provide patients with optimal vision outcomes. So don’t let the appeal of blade-free LASIK technology blind you to other important LASIK considerations, such as surgeon experience. We believe in the best, that is why we practice exclusively blade free for our LASIK patients – we are the only iLASIK certified provider in the province.

Experience Blade-Free LASIK from the Best!

At Bense vision you will receive 100% blade-free iLASIK technology in the hands of an experienced and skilled iLASIK surgeon who has performed almost 30,000 laser vision correction surgeries! Because we remain committed to using leading-edge technology and being Newfoundland’s most experienced and qualified iLASIK surgeon, we have helped 95% of our iLASIK patients see 20/20 or better following their procedure, with the majority seeing even better than that….20/15! At Bense Vision we are a “true centre of excellence” for LASIK eye surgery in the province.

To find out if you are a candidate, schedule a free evaluation with our doctors by calling 709.722.2020 or request an appointment via our contact page .

Fact or Fiction: Discussing LASIK Myths

Posted on by Maria Afonso in iLASIK, Vision


Laser Vision Correction procedures have been around for 20 years now, constantly making progressive changes in technology, treatment plans, and financing options. As with any other surgical procedure, your first instinct is to gather as much information as possible in order to help with your decision to move forward.

For as long as laser vision correction procedures have been around, there has been a sharing of information and, more often than not unfortunately, misinformation! Unless you are a LASIK expert, it can be hard to sort through and determine what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to laser vision correction procedures. There is so much information available regarding these procedures, you may not even know where to start!

Luckily, here at Bense Vision, we are experts in all things LASIK, and want to help give you the correct information you are looking for. Let’s take a look at some of the most common LASIK myths, and distinguish once and for all what is fact, and what is pure fiction.

LASIK surgery is painful!

This myth is complete fiction! While LASIK is a surgical procedure, pain is kept under control with the use of eye drops that numb your eyes during the duration of the procedure, which only lasts about 20 minutes from start to finish. Typically, patients will feel pressure during a portion of the procedure, but the actual laser reshaping is completely pain-free. Additionally, you may be provided a mild sedative prior to LASIK if you are experiencing anxiety.

LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism.

This myth is absolutely true! Many think that LASIK is only meant to or able to treat nearsightedness, but that thinking is incorrect. Advances in laser vision technology mean that many common refractive errors can be treated with LASIK. If you happen to have a more serious refractive error, there are other surgical options available to treat your vision as well.

LASIK surgery can make your vision worse.

This is one of the biggest fears potential laser vision correction patients have prior to undergoing their surgery. Some people are under the belief that laser vision correction can damage your eyesight, and even make you go blind! This couldn’t be further from the truth. No one has ever gone blind from a LASIK procedure, and since the surgery only affects the front surface of your eye, complications are very rare.

You will never have to wear corrective lenses again after LASIK.

This is a trickier LASIK myth, and it is understandable why so much misinformation exists. LASIK will correct your current vision issues, meaning if your vision stays the same for the rest of your life after LASIK, you will be fine! However, since no laser vision correction procedures can stop the natural aging process, it is common for LASIK patients to wear glasses for reading, or for activities such as night driving, when they get older.

Long-term side effects of LASIK are unknown.

This is another myth that can be counted as pure fiction. As mentioned before, laser vision correction procedures have been around for more than 20 years! Given this, the sample size of LASIK patients is more than large enough to state that long-term complications or side effects are not only known, but are virtually non-existent.

Discussing LASIK Myths at Bense Vision

We are committed to providing our patients with the most knowledgeable, professional, reliable, and state-of-the-art eye care solutions available. At Bense Vision, your vision is important to us. We have performed thousands of successful LASIK procedures, and are proud to offer the highest-quality treatment and technology available. Part of the Bense Advantage is being able to enjoy the benefits of our premier laser vision correction facility, including the expertise of Dr. Bense himself, and the support of his highly skilled staff.

If you are having vision problems, and are looking into ways to finally be free of those contacts or glasses, we want to help put you on the right track towards better vision. During your free consultation at Bense Vision, we will be happy to discuss any LASIK myths, frequently asked questions, and any other concerns you may have regarding your laser vision correction procedure.

The information on laser vision correction procedures can be entirely overwhelming if you don’t know where to look. We pride ourselves on being able to clear up the most common LASIK myths out there to help make your laser vision correction journey a smooth one. If you’ve heard or read any information about LASIK that you don’t see addressed here, please feel free to contact us and we will happy to set the record straight!

How to Delay the Progression of Cataracts

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Bense Vision, Cataracts, Eye Health, Eyes, Vision

Did you know that more than 2.5 million Canadians have cataracts? With a number like that, chances are you probably know someone who either has, or has had cataracts. Since June is Cataract Awareness Month, we’re here to shed some light on this prevalent eye disease. It’s important to know that symptoms of cataracts are progressive and can worsen over time. If not treated, cataracts can eventually lead to blindness. In fact, cataracts are responsible for 48% of world blindness. The good news is, cataract treatment is not only quick and painless, it also has an extremely high success rate!

older woman holding basket of fruits and vegetables

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens. Over time and with age, the proteins in the lens begin to build up and clump. The buildup of protein in the lens prevents light from passing through, making it harder to see. The severity of cataracts can range from barely affected vision to unable to see. Unfortunately, there is no proven way to avoid cataracts, and most people will eventually have a cataract in one or both eyes. If treatment is delayed, not only will symptoms worsen, but the actual size of the cataract can also grow. Cataract surgery is an effective treatment for restoring vision, and consists of replacing the cloudy lens with a new clear intraocular (IOL) lens.

Cataract Symptoms:

  • Blurry/hazy/cloudy vision
  • The need for frequent new prescriptions
  • Changes in the way you see colours
  • Poor night vision
  • An increased sensitivity to glare and light
  • Double vision in one eye


Cataracts can be detected during a comprehensive eye examination. However, it’s important to note that these symptoms may be a sign of another eye problem. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we advise you to see an optometrist.

Cataract Increased Risk Factors:

  • Smoking
  • The use of certain medications
  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Eye injury
  • A family history of cataracts
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight and radiation


Choosing a healthy lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, can decrease your risk factors for cataracts. Some other tips to reduce the risk of developing cataracts include:

  • Reducing your exposure to sunlight: Wearing UVA/UVB protective eyewear is important because UV radiation can speed up the formation of cataracts.
  • Following your treatment plans: Keep other diseases you may have, such as diabetes, under control
  • Eating a healthy diet: Vitamins C and E may protect against the development and progression of cataracts as well as nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin, which can be found in leafy greens such as spinach and kale. In addition, the antioxidants found in these green veggies help to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Having regular eye exams: Since there is no pain or redness associated with cataracts, you may not even know you have a cataract until you have your eyes checked. It is best if cataracts are caught in the earlier stages. When it comes to cataracts and other eye problems, it’s better to be proactive than reactive.
  • Reduce alcohol intake: Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of cataracts.


Cataract Treatment at Bense Vision

Bense Vision is the best choice for vision correction in Atlantic Canada. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of cataracts, or if you would like more information on any of our procedures, don’t hesitate to contact us. During your one-on-on consultation with Dr. Bense, he will be able to recommend the treatment that will give you the best visual results. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Bense maintains a strong commitment to providing his patients with the utmost care. We look forward to hearing from you!



3 Reasons Why LASIK is an Investment in Your Vision

Posted on by Maria Afonso in iLASIK, Technology, Vision

LASIK is the permanent vision correction procedure for common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is a popular procedure for a number of reasons, but never having to wear glasses and/or contact lenses again is a major one. Even though thousands of Canadians have had LASIK to correct their vision, there are still many more who choose to rely on glasses and contacts instead. The reason for this gap has to do with the fact that many people are fearful – of the procedure itself and the cost. We’re here to assure you that when it comes to LASIK, there’s absolutely nothing to fear!

friends smiling

Here are 3 reasons why we think LASIK is the best investment you can make in your vision:

  1. The Cost Savings of LASIK

Many people think of LASIK as an expensive treatment that they would like to have done – if they could afford it. However, not only is the cost of LASIK reasonable, but you actually save money by having it done.

At first glance the cost of LASIK may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that LASIK is designed to be a one-time procedure. When you compare the cost of glasses and contact lenses over a lifetime with LASIK, it’s significantly more than the cost of LASIK. Depending on factors such as your age and the type of lenses you require, the cost and maintenance of glasses and contact lenses can add up quickly, especially if you wear both on a regular basis. In addition, designer frames can cost hundreds of dollars. If you’re like most people, you probably like to replace your glasses once every couple of years. However, it will only take a few years to recover the cost of LASIK by not having to purchase glasses or contact lenses.

In addition, we don’t ever want the cost of LASIK to get in the way of your potential for perfect vision. This is why we offer a variety of financing and payment plans such as LASIK for as low as $83/month and LASIK starting at $500 per eye. We can help you find a plan that’s convenient and fits in with your budget. We’re committed to ensuring that every patient can experience the life-changing benefits of LASIK.

  1. The Value in Clear Vision

LASIK is an investment in your vision because there is plenty of value in having clear vision. Imagine life without ever having to wear glasses or contact lenses again. Combine this with the cost savings of LASIK and it’s easy to see that it is one of the best elective procedures. We assure you it will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make! After all, enjoying clear vision without glasses and/or contact lenses is priceless!

  1. The Accuracy of Treatment and Results

iLASIK is the most advanced LASIK procedure available today. LASIK is not a one-size fits all procedure. iLASIK technology maps out the unique characteristics of your eye and creates a customized procedure so you get the most optimal results. Overall, it increases the comfort, precision and result of your LASIK procedure.

Bense Vision

When you talk about something that can last lifetime, that’s LASIK! It’s the best investment you can make in your vision not only because you’ll be able to see clearly, but also because it makes the most financial sense.

If you are considering LASIK, we encourage you to take the first step by finding out if you are a candidate for LASIK. The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to contact us to book your free LASIK consultation with Dr. Bense. With more than 20 years of experience and more than 20,000 procedures under his belt, you’re in good hands with Dr. Bense. In addition, he was the first surgeon to introduce LASIK to Eastern Canada and is the only certified iLASIK surgeon in St. John’s.

Still not convinced? Here are 8 other reasons why you should choose Bense Vision for LASIK in St. John’s. LASIK can make activities more enjoyable and eliminate the worry and frustration often associated with glasses and contact lenses. We can help you find the best option for achieving crystal-clear vision!





How to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Eye Health, Eye Protection, Vision

When most people think about sun protection, they’re usually concerned with protecting their skin. But did you know your eyes could sunburn too? Since May is UV Safety Month in Canada, we’re here to shed some light on why it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun – all year round!

couple biking

The Sun and Your Eyes

Protecting your eyes from the sun is important because harmful UV rays increase the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, eye growths and even cancer. Did you know? If your eyes are lighter in colour, your risk for developing certain eye diseases and skin cancer is higher because lighter eyes contain less melanin. Melanin is a protective pigment in the eyes that help protect them from the sun.

The sooner you start protecting your eyes from the sun, the better. This is not only because everyone is at risk of sun damage to the eyes, but also because damage can build up and worsen over time, making daily protection the key to preventing long term problems. However, it is also possible to experience short-term effects of overexposure to the sun. Have you ever spent a long day at the beach after which your eyes feel tired, sore and gritty? Your eyes may be feeling the effects of too much sun exposure. The strength of UV rays can vary depending on the time of day. Morning and mid-day is when UV exposure for the eyes is the highest. This is a different time than what it would be for your skin.

The sun may be stronger in the summer months, but it’s just as important to protect your eyes from the sun even in the winter months. Snow blindness can be damaging to your eyes too. When sunlight reflects off the snow, it can be very bright and painful for the eyes. Even on the cloudiest days, there are still UV rays.

Eye Diseases Caused by Sun Exposure

Overexposure to the sun can increase your risk of:

  • Eyelid Cancer
    • The eyelids are highly susceptible to skin cancer.
  • Cataracts
    • At least 10% of cataract cases are directly related to UV exposure.
  • Macular Degeneration
    • Prolonged sun exposure damages retinal tissue.
  • Keratitis (corneal sunburn)
    • This is when the cornea of the eye becomes inflamed. It has been linked to exposure to UVB rays.

An ophthalmologist can identify all these problems during a routine eye exam.

In moderation, the sun can actually be good for our eyes. In fact, spending time outdoors has been linked to reducing the risk of nearsightedness in children.

How to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

While everyone should be concerned with protecting their eyes from the sun, it’s especially important for babies, children and those that spend long hours outdoors. You want to look for sunglasses that have a minimum UV 400 protection that block both UVA and UVB rays. In addition, larger frames will help to block sunlight from entering from the sides and protect your eyes from dust and debris in the air. Don’t forget to wear them year round! For added protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat when you’re outside.

There are also UV blocking contact lenses on the market, however most do not provide any real protection. Regular contact lenses allow 90% of UVA radiation and 70% UVB radiation to pass through the lenses and into your eyes. Even if your contact lenses do provide UV protection, it’s important to wear sunglasses. Sunglasses will help to keep your lenses from drying out which can be uncomfortable. If you wear glasses all the time then you may want to consider investing in prescription sunglasses.

Follow these tips to keep your eyes and the sensitive skin around them healthy for a lifetime!

How We Can Help?

For more information on how you can protect your eyes from the sun, don’t hesitate to contact us. Located in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Bense Vision is your best choice for vision correction in Atlantic Canada. Are you tired of relying on glasses or contact lenses? If so, it may be time you considered LASIK. With plans starting as low as $83/month, there’s never been a better time to take the next step. Book your free LASIK consultation! We look forward to meeting with you!



10 Reasons Why You Need LASIK in 2016

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Eyes, iLASIK, Vision

Have you always wanted LASIK but haven’t gotten around to booking your LASIK consultation? Well, now is the time to make the decision that will change your life forever!

LASIK is the safe and effective permanent vision correction procedure to treat common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Thousands of Canadians have turned to laser eye surgery to correct their vision and eliminate the need to rely on glasses and/or contact lenses.

woman on mountain

Here are 10 reasons why you need LASIK in the New Year:

  1. A new year calls for a new look. That is the look of freedom from never having to wear glasses or contact lenses again! Did you know the latest trend in eyewear is no eyewear at all? We can assure you that this look looks good on everyone and it can even improve your confidence!
  2. A new year is often associated with a time for change. Out with the old and in with the new, you can say bye-bye to your glasses and contact lenses for good with LASIK.
  3. A new year with even newer vision will allow you to see your new goals more clearly.
  4. LASIK is the ultimate gift to yourself this holiday season. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving because it lasts for a lifetime! After approximately 3 months, your eyes have fully adjusted to the surgery and your LASIK results are expected to be permanent.
  5. The cost of clear vision has never been more affordable with Bense Vision! Since we’re celebrating 20 years of service, we’re giving you the gift of 20% off your LASIK procedure. In addition, we have also made financing options easy. You can receive $0 down, 0% financing, so you don’t have to pay until 2016! We never want the cost of LASIK to get in the way of having the clearest vision. In the long run, your LASIK procedure will pay for itself. The amount you spend on contact lenses, solution and prescription glasses can add up quickly. The cost of LASIK may seem like a lot at first glance, but it is a one-time procedure, meaning it’s a one-time cost as well!
  6. Travel in the new year without worry and see the beauty of the world with crystal clear vision. You never have to worry about packing your contact lenses, case, solution, or glasses ever again.
  7. Speaking of contacts and glasses, with LASIK you will never have to deal with their hassle again! The required maintenance and care that comes along with glasses and contacts not only adds up in cost, but also your precious time spent dealing with them. By eliminating your dependency on contacts, you eliminate any risk of transferring bacteria, which can lead to unpleasant eye infections.
  8. If one of your New Years’ resolutions was to be more active, then you will be grateful for LASIK. You’ll never have to worry about your contact lenses falling out, or even worse, your glasses falling off and breaking. You’ll be able to read, drive and participate in activities such as swimming and sports with complete freedom.
  9. Quick, proven results and an even quicker recovery time from LASIK means you can kick off your new year with clear vision that is ready to take on the world.
  10. Last but not least, clear vision achieved with LASIK is priceless!

Now that you’ve heard our list of why LASIK is a must-have in the new year, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to schedule your free LASIK consultation! There’s no doubt that LASIK is the clear choice for permanent vision correction. Being able to see clearly is truly an amazing feeling that you have to experience for youself!

Get LASIK Today!

Bense Vision is the premier laser vision correction facility in Atlantic Canada. Cutting edge technology and experience has made us the most trusted and most established facility in Eastern Canada. During your LASIK consultation, Dr. Bense will determine if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. For over 20 years, he has performed various types of vision correction procedures with an extremely high success rate!



10 Signs it’s Time to Invest in LASIK

Posted on by Maria Afonso in iLASIK, Vision

LASIK is the safe and effective permanent vision correction procedure for common eye problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is becoming more and more popular with cutting edge technology and this has many people wondering if LASIK eye surgery is right for them.

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Here are 10 signs it may be time to invest in LASIK and 10 times you may have wished you had LASIK:

  1. You’ve misplaced your glasses more times than you can count.
  2. You wear contact lenses and experience irritation, dry eyes and discomfort but you’re too embarrassed to wear your glasses out in public.
  3. You break the number one contact lens wearing rule – sleeping with them in!
  4. You wear glasses but when the sun is out you want to wear sunglasses – you can’t!
  5. You’re active and constantly adjusting your glasses so they don’t fall off. If you want to swim, you can’t wear glasses or contact lenses so you will have to wear goggles. Contact lenses should never come in contact with water!
  6. You wake up in the middle of the night searching for your glasses to go to the bathroom.
  7. When you wake up in the morning everything is a blur. You’re unable to see your alarm clock so you have to search for your glasses again.
  8. You’re at a restaurant but can’t see anything on the menu because you forgot your glasses.
  9. You’ve made the spontaneous decision to stay the night at a friend’s house but then you realize your didn’t bring your contact lens solution or case. Your friend doesn’t wear contacts so you’re forced to sleep with them in only to wake with painful dry eyes.
  10. You put on a great outfit but it doesn’t match your glasses. Coordinating your wardrobe to match your glasses is too much work.

The LASIK Investment

Did you know that depending on factors such as your age and the type of lenses you require, LASIK is actually cheaper than the lifelong commitment of glasses and/or contact lenses? With LASIK, you never have to purchase costly prescription glasses, contacts or solution again!

Bense Vision

At Bense Vision we offer the most advanced LASIK procedure available today. If you’ve experienced any of the above scenarios and you think it may be time to consider LASIK, start by booking your free LASIK consultation today.





Vision Correction Profiles

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Vision

Learn which vision correction method is right for you!


myopia vision

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common vision problems characterized by the inability to see far distances clearly. Myopia can be corrected a number of ways. If your myopia is relatively minor, it can be treated with iLASIK or PRK.

Don’t worry if you experience higher levels of myopia. You have options like bioptics, cachet phakic lens impants, or a refractive lens exchange.


Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is a vision problem making it difficult to focus on nearby objects. Hyperopia can be treated with procedures like iLASIK, PRK, Bioptics, LASIK Xtra.


reading computer screen

Similar to hyperopia, presbyopia is a condition that prevents you from focusing on nearby objects. Unlike hyperopia, presbyopia is a condition that naturally occurs with age and is something everyone experiences around the age of 40. Presbyopia can be treated with iLASIK, PRK, or KAMRA vision.

If you had myopia when you developed presbyopia and require bifocals, you can treat both concerns with Monovision.


Is your vision blurred? Do you have trouble focusing your vision? You might have astigmatism which is caused by the irregular curvature of the cornea or lens. You may already know that iLASIK and PRK can correct astigmatism, but there are other options beyond these procedures as well. Femtosecond Laser Astigmatic Keratotomy, or FSAK, which reduces reliance on contacts and eyeglasses.


Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disorder that causes the cornea to thin and change to a more conical shape. It has been known to cause distortions to vision that include multiple images, streaking, and sensitivity to light.

Keratoconus can be treated through a variety of methods. Corneal Cross Linking is a method that prevents the progression of keratoconus, although it does not improve vision. Procedures such as LASIK Xtra, PTK, and Intacs which help treat corneal thinning can also help correct keratoconus.


If you’re interested in correcting your vision, the best option for you would be to come in for a free consultation so we can help you determine which procedure is best suited for your individual circumstance.

LASIK Satisfaction

Posted on by Maria Afonso in iLASIK, Vision

LASIK satisfaction

According to this recent study, LASIK patients highly recommend their method of treatment to friends. While people tend to recommend the vision correction method that they already subscribe to, LASIK is the most recommended when people switch from glasses or contacts. Switching from glasses to contacts or staying in contact lenses led to a 53% recommendation rate, while switching from glasses or contacts to LASIK resulted in up to an 87% recommendation rate.

The satisfaction people feel after obtaining LASIK is greater when people were asked if LASIK worked better for them than their contacts did. 96% of people believed it did.

All in all, patients are most happy with reputable centres for LASIK eye correction that are diligent in learning about new techniques and technologies while being careful about candidate selection.

Are you interested in LASIK? Come in for a free consultation today!

Eye Correction Surgery Types

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Eyes, Vision

While LASIK is certainly the most recognized type of eye correction surgery, there are a wide variety of options available. Most of these procedures work by reshaping the cornea, which is the clear front part of the eye. The cornea functions by focusing the light that travels through it, creating a more accurate impression on the retina at the back of the eye. Some surgeries also involve replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one. Check out our comprehensive explanation of the various corrective surgery options below!

Eye correction surgery types


LASIK is used to correct vision in patients suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the procedure a flap is made in the outer layer as seen above, exposing the underlying tissue, which is then reshaped with the use of a laser. The flap is what separates LASIK procedures from other eye corrective surgeries. LASIK can be performed with or without computer imaging known as wavefront technology, which creates a detailed image of the cornea and acts as a guide for treatment.


Photoreactive keratectomy is a process used to correct mild to moderate nearsightedness, as well as farsightedness and astigmatism. As with LASIK a laser is used to reshape the cornea, however, this laser is used on the surface of the cornea and requires no cutting. The PRK procedure can also take advantage of computer imaging software.


Laser epithelial keratomileusis is a variant of PRK in which an epithelial flap is created by loosening the cells with an alcohol solution. A laser is then used to reshape the cornea, and the flap is closed and secured until it has healed. This procedure is used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.


Refractive lens exchange, also known as clear lens extraction or refractive lens replacement, is similar to cataract surgery. With RLE a small incision is made at the edge of the cornea, through which the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a silicone or plastic lens. This procedure is used to correct extreme farsightedness or nearsightedness, but may be inappropriate for those with corneal problems such as thin corneas or dry eyes. This procedure cannot be used to correct astigmatism, and it may be necessary to combine it with another procedure in order to achieve desired results.


Similar to PRK treatments, EpiLasik involves separating a very thin layer from the cornea before reshaping the underlying tissue. The layer may be removed or replaced, and then the area is protected by a soft contact lens while it heals.


With Intacs treatment two Intercorneal ring segments are inserted at the edge of the cornea through a small incision. These rings work to flatten the cornea thus changing the way light rays are focused on the retina. This procedure is used to treat keratoconus, a disorder that causes negative structural changes to the cornea.

Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants

Used for patients who are too near or farsighted for LASIK or PRK treatments, this procedure involves attaching an artificial lens to the iris behind the pupil, inserted through a small incision at the edge of the cornea. This procedure differs from RLE because the natural lens is left in place.

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