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Options for elective corrective eye surgery

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Have you ever thought about getting elective eye surgery to correct your vision? Many people decide to have corrective surgery to eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. The most well-known type of surgery is laser eye surgery. There are also non-laser surgery options, such as implantable lenses (or ICLs).

Types of corrective laser surgery:

  • PRK
  • Lasik
  • Epi-Lasik
  • Lasek
  • SMILE

Types of corrective non-laser surgery:

  • CK (conductive keratoplasty)
  • Implantable lenses (ICL)
  • Refractive lens exchange (IOL)

Interested in learning more? Health Canada and Zeiss both have a good overview of laser eye surgery. If you’re not a candidate for laser surgery or if you’re interested in a non-laser option, take a look at All About Vision‘s article on corrective eye surgery.

Of course, it’s always best to speak with your Optometrist to decide which option, if any, is best for you.

Written by Dr. Brent Hopfauf

Dr. Hopfauf is a born-and-raised Calgarian and one of the proud owners of Calgary Family Eye Doctors. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Calgary, he headed to Ontario for the Optometry Program at the University of Waterloo. Upon graduation, Dr. Hopfauf was named Class Valedictorian. He has had the unique opportunity to further his training in ocular diseases in Houston, Texas and has studied specific conditions that include glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, and uveitis.
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