Discover Your Laser Eye Surgery Eligibility
Laser eye surgery can allow you to live a life free from glasses or contact lenses—but not everyone is eligible. SMILE, PRESBYOND, PRK, REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE, REFRACTIVE CATARACT SURGERY, and LASIK are all effective surgery options, but the eligibility for these surgeries differs.
We offer personalized consultations to help determine if you are a candidate for laser eye surgery. Our team will help you learn about all available choices, providing the information you need to make your decision.
Am I Eligible for Laser Eye Surgery?
Visiting your optometrist before booking a consultation with us can help determine your eligibility. In general, a good candidate for laser eye surgery understands that while surgery can improve their vision, they may still require glasses in certain situations.
Other qualifications include:
- Being at least 18 years old
- Having a stable eyeglasses prescription for at least 2–3 years
- No history or findings of active corneal disease
- No significant medical or eye problems such as autoimmune disease, keratoconus, or glaucoma
- No significant dry eye
- Not being pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant in the next 6 months
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Your consultation includes an in-depth explanation of everything related to the laser eye surgery process. We are here to help from the moment you step through our doors.
Preparing for Your Consultation
Please remain out of your contact lenses for one week prior to your appointment. Please bring a copy of your glasses prescription. Expect your appointment to take approximately one hour.
Before Your Consultation
When you arrive at our practice, one of our patient consultants will greet you and begin the necessary paperwork. After completing the initial forms, you will meet with a member of our team.
You can expect a typical laser eye surgery consultation to last between 1–1.5 hours. It’s important to refrain from using contact lenses for at least a week prior to your consultation. Your doctor may place eye drops in your eyes to dilate them, making it easier to view the inner eye.
During Your Consultation
Think of your consultation as an educational session. You and your doctor will discuss your eligibility for laser eye surgery, and you will learn about available surgeries. We will go over the risks and benefits of each surgery and discuss any nonsurgical treatments available for your needs.
The goal of this consultation is to educate you and discuss what these different surgical options mean for your vision. We can address any questions or concerns you may have about laser eye surgery until you feel comfortable making a final decision.
After Your Consultation
When you are confident about a final decision on a laser eye surgery option, and you have met the eligibility criteria, we can schedule your surgery. Our team will work with you and your optometrist before and after your procedure.
The Risks of Laser Eye Surgery
Like any medical procedure, laser eye surgery has risks. Intraoperative or postoperative complications can arise. Typically, problems that develop are treatable.
In several PROWL (Patient-Reported Outcomes with LASIK) studies conducted by the FDA, less than 1% of patients experienced difficulty performing their daily activities following LASIK surgery.
Some of the potential risks related to laser eye surgery include:
- Dry eyes
- Double vision
- Irregular flaps
- Vision regression
- Visual changes
We Can Help You Make a Final Decision
Choosing to receive laser eye surgery can be difficult, but we are here to help. You will receive all of the necessary information you need to know during your initial consultation. Understanding the risks, benefits, nonsurgical alternatives, and more can help you decide what is best for your vision needs.
Request a consultation when you are interested in speaking with our team.
- 203-728 Spadina Cres. E
- Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H2
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
Absolutely amazing service. Before my surgery, Lisa was prompt in getting back to me, and answered all of my questions. I had a couple questions after my surgery as well, and the same service was provided. The staff during surgery day was so kind and caring. They made me feel so comfortable. I’ve never experienced such amazing service. 10/10
The best decision I’ve ever made! It is so wonderful to be able to see at all distances without my glasses! The best part was the staff that took care of me! Horizon Laser is the best 🙂
Very easy, fast, painless. Great experience. Eyes are perfect now