Eye Exams After Laser Surgery

By Dr. Stephen Taylor

Question: I had laser surgery a few months ago. Do I still need to get my eyes checked regularly?

Answer: Yes! This is a very common question after having laser vision correction.

Refractive surgery is very effective at minimizing your dependence upon glasses however there are many good reasons to still get your eyes checked regularly.

Think of your eye as a camera. Laser vision correction helps with the focus, but to get a good picture you still need to ensure all of the parts are working. The challenge is that there are a number of eye health conditions that have nothing to do with glasses that if left undiagnosed can result in permanent vision loss. That’s where a comprehensive eye examination comes in -it makes sure all of the parts are working and healthy. This includes checking the complete ocular health for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Additionally, there are many conditions of the body

(like diabetes) that show in the eyes themselves, and a routine examination can screen for them as well.

Patients often assume that they will no longer need glasses after laser surgery, which is not always the case. Glasses may still be needed for specific tasks, such as reading, computer use, or night driving. Post-operative visits are a perfect time to discuss any specific visual demands you have, as well as any further questions you have.

At Mayfair Optometric Clinic we provide a welcoming environment for patients to receive eye exams and pick out the perfect eyewear that works for each individual. Please give us a call to book your appointment with Dr. Peddle, Dr. Genereux, or myself.