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Frequently asked questions

Is ULTRALASIK surgery painful?

No. ULTRALASIK surgery is not painful. Most people only experience minor discomfort. Anti-inflammatory drops are also administered to reduce the risk of pain during the procedure.

How old do I have to be for ULTRALASIK surgery?

It is advisable to be 18 years of age or older before undergoing this type of procedure because adolescent vision could change until this age.

Am I a candidate for ULTRALASIK surgery?

To be an eligible candidate, you must be 18 years old and have stable vision for at least two years. We will conduct a preoperative assessment to determine if you are an eligible candidate with no obligation on your part. Administered by an optometrist, this 2-hour assessment will enable us to evaluate the condition of your eyes in detail. It is important to make sure your eyes are in perfect health for optimal results. This pre-assessment will allow us to determine the technique that’s best for you.

Is ULTRALASIK surgery guaranteed?

Surgery can never be guaranteed. During the pre-operative assessment we will be able to give you a good idea of the results without however being able to guarantee the final outcome. Nonetheless, because serious complications are rare, we have enjoyed excellent results with our many patients. In some cases, laser touch-ups may be necessary to correct myopia, astigmatism or residual hyperopia.

What is the cost of the procedures?

The cost of the procedure depends on the technique used and/or the intraocular lenses that are implanted. You must undergo the pre-operative assessment without any obligation on your part to determine your eligibility and the exact cost. At the IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic, it is not the severity of your myopia or hyperopia that changes the price of your surgery.

Could surgery correct my presbyopia?

To date, there is no miracle cure or surgical procedure available to correct presbyopia. Nonetheless, two options are available to mitigate the effects of presbyopia. The first option is to implant multifocal intraocular lenses for improved far, close, and medium vision and for your daily activities such as reading, working on the computer and participating in sports activities without glasses and/or contact lenses. The second option is monovision. This is a compromise for people who prefer not to wear reading glasses. This procedure involves correcting one eye for distance vision and the other for near vision. A prior trial with contact lenses is necessary to determine whether this option will allow you to function daily.

Could my myopia return?

One of the eligibility conditions for laser surgery is to have stable vision for at least two years. If your vision is stable, in principle, myopia, hypertropia and astigmatism is not expected to return. Nonetheless, if you experience deterioration in vision following the initial procedure, a second treatment may be necessary. During the six months following the procedure, this deterioration is often caused by the surgery. If there is deterioration beyond this period, this may be caused by the eye’s recovery. In all situations, the postoperative follow-up visits allow us to assess the results of your procedure. Follow-up and touch-ups are included for two years.

Can both eyes undergo the procedure at the same time?

With ULTRALASIK and PRK techniques, surgery is performed on both eyes at the same time. The same applies for intraocular lenses, PHAKE lens implants and cataract surgery, if deemed safe by the ophthalmologist.

I’m pregnant! Am I eligible for ULTRALASIK surgery?

No. The hormones you produce during pregnancy and breastfeeding make vision unstable and/or cause eye dryness. Therefore, the recommendation is that you wait three months following the end of pregnancy or breastfeeding before undergoing ULTRALASIK surgery.

When can I return to work after ULTRALASIK surgery?

You can resume working and driving the next day. Nonetheless, for some work environments and/or activities such as swimming, we recommend waiting one week.

Will my eyes feel dry after corneal laser surgery?

Refractive laser surgery can sometimes cause eye dryness. . Nonetheless, this is temporary. Healing is complete by three to six months. We often recommend that patients with symptoms of dry eye start a treatment for dry eye before surgery when this condition is discovered during the pre-operative assessment. Once this has stabilized, a second assessment with the optometrist will confirm when surgery can be performed.

Why undergo private cataract surgery when our hospital system offers it for free?

First and foremost, there is no waiting list and with us, you are assured of receiving highly professional, attentive and personalized services with the latest generation of intraocular lenses. You will be treated to a calm and safe environment complete with state-of-the-art equipment and an operating area that is used solely for ocular surgeries, thereby minimizing the risk of infection possible in a hospital environment. Moreover, surgery on both eyes on the same day reduces the need to travel and facilitates recovery. Also important to note, the preoperative assessment is carried out by vision professionals, optometrists and ophthalmologists. In case of emergency, you can reach our ophthalmologist at any time.

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