Laser Eye Surgery Consults & Co-Management

While Laser Surgery is not for everyone, for those patients who qualify as a surgical candidate and whose lifestyle would benefit from such surgery, Dr. Cantrup recommends LASIK laser vision correction. Dr. Cantrup believes laser vision correction is now a very safe and effective treatment for either eliminating or decreasing the need for glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Cantrup has even had the surgery performed on herself with rewarding results.

Co-management is when the optometrist provides a patient with their pre and post surgical examinations while recommending and referring her patients to the best suited clinics for their actual eye surgery.

Dr. Cantrup works closely with TLC and other reputable Laser Surgery Clinics to provide the best suited eye surgeon and clinic for her patients. Having a close professional relationship with such clinics allows her to provide you with personalized and total care throughout the entire operation. Dr. Cantrup’s responsibilities in the process include the pre-operative and post-operative care. You may potentially spend as little as one day at the laser surgery clinic.  All of your follow-up care will be done with Dr. Cantrup locally here in Niagara.

As in any surgical procedure there are risks, however, Dr. Cantrup believes that the benefits far out way the minimal risks. The risk of serious complications is virtually non-existent with reputable clinics and experienced surgeons. Dr. Cantrup only refers her patients to such eye surgeons and warns patients to be wary of clinics that offer “Bargain-Basement” prices on surgical procedures. You get what you pay for – and once a surgery is preformed, incompetent mistakes could result in permanent eye damage.

Everyone wants to see clearly with less dependence on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK, the most advances laser correcting procedure available today, is helping turn the dream of clearer, unaided vision into reality for hundreds of thousands of people every year.

 

WHAT IS LASIK?

eye3The most common vision corrective surgery is LASIK and is a new horizon in vision correction. LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomuleusis, which simply means “to shape the cornea using a laser”. Everyone wants to see clearly with less dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK, the most advances laser correcting procedure available today, is helping turn the dream of clearer, unaided vision into reality for hundreds of thousands of people every year.

 

HOW DOES LASIK WORK?

eye4LASIK corrects vision by reshaping the cornea (the outer window of the eye) so that light rays focus more precisely on the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating refractive errors. During the procedure, which takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes, the doctor uses a precise instrument called a microkeratome to create a fine corneal flap. A cool laser beam then gently reshapes the corneal bed, and the corneal flap is closed.

 

IS LASIK RIGHT FOR ME?

eye5Find out if you are a candidate for this exciting, life-changing procedure by calling our office today. After determining that you qualify, we will do the precise pre-operative testing, refer you to a competent, experienced refractive surgeon, and perform the necessary post-operative care to ensure the best outcome possible. To make an appointment, click here.

PRE-OPERATIVE:

Your pre-operative evaluation with Dr. Cantrup is an important step in the surgery process. The pre-operative data gathered at this evaluation includes a history of your past medical and ocular condition, an assessment of your current visual status, and an eye health evaluation, including dilation, will be performed. Most importantly from this pre-operative examination, Dr. Cantrup will determine if you are a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery or whether or not you would benefit from such a procedure. Dr. Cantrup will also discuss with you your expectations and lifestyle needs.  After your pre-operative evaluation is complete, you will be referred to recommended eye surgeon for another consultation appointment.

During your surgical consultation, the recommended surgeon will review your visual data, verify the health of your eyes, and a computerized Corneal Topography will be performed.  Questions or concerns you may have about the procedure will be discussed and you will be given instructions needed prior to the procedure.

On the date of your surgery, you will arrive at the clinic and your registration information will be confirmed. Your visual data will be confirmed, checked, and rechecked both with computerized instruments and finally with manual instruments by the surgeon. The surgeon will also check the calibration of the Laser and run a brief test prior to your operation. As you can see, a reputable, experienced surgeon does not rush the process and leaves no chance for error!

THE SURGERY:

eye6To begin the LASIK surgery, numbing drops are applied to the eyes, and the eyelids are held open. The surgeon creates a thin flap on the front of the eye. The flap is gently lifted and the laser then precisely reshapes the corneal tissue underneath to correct the focus of the eye. The flap is repositioned and naturally holds itself in place, healing without the need for stitches. Clear protective shields will be placed over your eyes. You will then leave the surgery room and be placed in a relaxing area to recline and recuperate. Approximately 30 minutes after surgery your procedure is checked to ensure proper placement of flap and accuracy of the procedure. Even though you you have been at the clinic for a few hours, the actual surgery only takes a few minutes per eye! You will wonder “What was I so nervous about?”

POST OPERATIVE:

Your first post operative visit with Dr. Cantrup will be scheduled for one day after surgery. To insure the best possible results, additional post operative visits will be scheduled over the next six months.

 

TLC LASER EYE CENTERS:

Dr. Cantrup is affiliated with the Toronto offices of the TLC Laser Eye Centers network, the world leader in laser vision correction. Dr. Cantrup provides pre-operative and post-operative care for her patients seeking RK (Radial Keratometry), PRK (Photo-refractive Keratectomy) and LASIK (Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomuleusis).

TLC is considered the most experienced Laser Center in this area. They have performed over 100,000 LASIK procedures. The surgeons at TLC continue to be at the forefront in advanced clinical developments and techniques, as well as, offering the most advanced equipment available.

TLC has 3 centers located in Ontario and hundreds located across United States.