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Scleral Lenses For Post-LASIK, Post-PRK, And Post-RK Surgery In Vancouver Island, British Columbia

About LASIK & Post LASIK Ectasia

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As a whole, LASIK or laser vision correction is safe and effective. Most LASIK surgeons today use corneal topographers to map the cornea and measure its thickness to ensure better results from any laser vision correction.

While the prospects are good for LASIK candidates, eye complications can — and continue to — occur, such as post-LASIK ectasia, a corneal distortion or irregularity that causes the cornea to weaken and bulge.

Those with surgery complications develop vision problems which cannot be fully corrected using glasses or soft contact lenses, as the shape of their eye cause the lenses to easily dislodge. For those people, scleral lenses offer a more comfortable, secure fit and improved vision.

Speak with Dr. Shaun Golemba at Scleral Contacts Lens Center At Valley Vision Optometry to find out how scleral lenses can help you see clearly and comfortably again.

Woman inserting scleral lenses after LASIK surgery

Scleral Lenses For Post-LASIK, Post-PRK, And Post-RK Surgery

In the event that a patient underwent LASIK surgery — or PRK or RK — and eye complications developed, scleral lenses are the ideal option to provide clear and comfortable vision. Once you have been properly fitted for scleral lenses, you can expect to gradually see improvements in clarity, color and contrast between multiple images and objects within your visual field. The comfort you’ll experience allow you to wear your custom-made scleral lenses all day long so that you can keep doing all the things you love.

Man wearing glasses after LASIK surgery

Why Wear Specialty Contact Lenses For Post-Surgery Complications?

Post-LASIK, Post-PRK, and Post-RK patients with eye complications tend to experience poor, distorted vision, resulting in an inability to wear standard contact lenses due to their sensitive cornea. In fact, attempting to wear soft contact lenses can be extremely painful and can further damage the cornea.

Scleral lenses, on the other hand, are larger in diameter and spread their weight over a much greater, less sensitive area. Furthermore, having the lens vault over the cornea protects it from any abrasion or external irritants. It is made up of highly oxygen permeable materials and provides a soothing bath of artificial tears that refresh the ocular surface. Scleral lenses improves comfort and provides clear vision to those with corneal aberrations, whether due to existing eye conditions or following corneal surgery.

Patients With Corneal Aberrations

Patients with corneal aberrations typically experience poor vision. Fortunately, scleral lenses are customized hard lenses that provide clear vision and all-day comfort. For more information on how scleral lenses can help those with post-LASIK surgery or to set up a consultation, contact Dr. Shaun Golemba

Does Collagen Cross-Linking Correct Post-LASIK Ectasia?

Patients with corneal ectasia from LASIK surgery complications are at times recommended to undergo collagen cross-linking— a new method in treating advanced cases of keratoconus and diseased corneas.

Discuss this procedure with Dr. Shaun Golemba and get a second opinion. Note that many patients who undergo collagen cross-linking will still require specialty contact lenses to achieve clear vision.

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Should I Just Get Another LASIK Surgery in Vancouver Island To Repair My Ectasia?

While LASIK surgery has a high success rate, some patients come out of the surgery with poor vision. Certain LASIK surgeons may recommend an follow-up enhancement procedure to improve the patient’s vision. This may lead the patient to undergo several corrective LASIK surgeries, potentially leaving one with scarred corneas and even poorer vision.

The safest and best option is to wear scleral lenses, as they correct astigmatism, farsightedness and are perfectly safe on corneas. Our patients who got fitted for custom-designed scleral lenses report feeling thrilled with how sharp and comfortable their vision has become.

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Vancouver Island | Lower Mainland | Okanagan | Kootenay’s | in British Columbia

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COVID-19 UPDATE

The following is a summary of the steps we have taken to protect your safety.

Physical Distancing Measures:

o Reducing density of people: We have adopted a schedule which will reduce the amount of patients in our facility at one time.

o We will have some of our team working from home operating a call centre and tele-medicine pre-screening.

o Spacing stickers have been placed on our floor.

Engineering controls:

o Forms have been digitized and will be emailed to patients in advance of the appointment to minimize contact.

o A “For Payment" button has been installed on our website, valleyvisionoptometry.ca for patients to be able to pay from home to minimize contact.

o Plexiglass barriers have been installed at all 3 Front Desk stations

o Our doors will remain locked during Phase 2, opening the door to let in scheduled patients only.

o A dropbox has been installed for patients to drop off glasses in need of repair.

o Contact lens sales are administered through our webstore.

Administrative controls:

o Cleaning protocols have been written. Staff training on these protocols has been scheduled.

o Clear rules are posted on our front door and throughout all of the stations in our office.

Personal protective equipment:

o Patients will be required to wear a mask upon entry to the office and throughout their time with us. Those who do not have a mask will be supplied a surgical mask upon entry.

Policies around sickness:

o Employees and patients with cold or flu symptoms will be required to stay home.

Frequent hand washing:

o Patients, Doctors, and our Team will be required to wash hands upon entry and exit in to the exam rooms.

o Eyewear Consultants will wear gloves when handling eyewear and performing adjustments.

We currently are operating a reduced schedule, so are triaging patients to ensure those with the highest needs are prioritized.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shaun Golemba

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