Assessments & Care for Laser Eye Surgery
Laser eye surgery can correct your vision and free you up from worrying about glasses or putting in contacts every morning. If you’re considering laser vision correction, we can tell you whether you’re a good candidate for the surgery with a consultation appointment and eye exam.
If and when you schedule surgery, we’ll be here to help you prepare and to support you in the healing process afterward. While laser eye surgery isn’t available in Whitehorse, know you’re in good hands when you return home from your procedure.
Who Can Get Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser eye surgery is typically very successful in correcting moderate refractive errors in people who have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. People with higher degrees of refractive errors may still see good results from laser vision correction; that’s part of what we can help assess in an exam.
Other important considerations for getting laser eye surgery include:
- Being over 18, because the eyes continue to grow until at least this time
- Having healthy eyes, with no diseases or untreated injuries
- Having good overall health
- Having no severe dry eye symptoms, which can worsen after surgery
- Not currently being pregnant or breastfeeding
- Having a stable prescription in recent years
During your laser eye surgery consultation, we will assess your visual acuity and measure your refractive error, just like in a typical eye exam.
We’ll also measure and map your cornea’s surface and thickness and your pupil size. Corneal thickness is important for a successful surgery, and those with large pupils are at a higher risk of some side effects, such as halos around lights while driving at night. We’ll also check for any signs of eye disease or dry eyes that might interfere with surgery.
Finally, we’ll discuss your expectations for laser eye surgery and explain possible short or long-term side effects, including dry eyes or reduced night vision. It’s also good to know you may need glasses or contacts again at some point, particularly when you’re in your 40s and your eyes undergo the natural changes to near vision that happen with presbyopia.
After Your Surgery
When you’re back home after your surgery, we’ll have you come in for a follow-up appointment at our clinic. We’ll use this time to check how your eyes are healing, test your vision, and answer any questions you have about your recovery.
Your eyes begin to heal immediately after surgery and you may have clear vision in just a day or 2, depending on the type of laser vision correction you underwent. It may take several weeks or months for your vision to fully stabilize, though.
We’ll want to see you regularly over the 6 months following your surgery to track your healing progress and help manage any post-operative symptoms you may experience.
- 2093 2nd Avenue
Find us in downtown Whitehorse across from the Yukon Visitor Information Centre, just steps from Main Street and the Yukon River.
For your convenience, we are wheelchair accessible.
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
Hours of operation may vary on holidays.
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