Phone

(604) 736-2625

Fax

(604) 736-2699

Open

Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm

Important Notice: COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your patience and trust. As Pacific Laser Eye Centre is beginning to resume treatments and consultations, we have carefully tailored our past clinical practices to the protocols issued by the governing authorities, especially that of Infection Prevention and Control specific to Covid-19, the Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plans as ordered by the Provincial Health Officer, Worksafe BC guidelines, and the BC College of Physicians & Surgeons' guidance. We would like to share with you the new measures we have taken to further ensure safety and excellent patient care:

  • Our equipment is cleaned with medical grade sanitizers after each patient; the elevators, common areas and high-touch surfaces in our building and clinic are also frequently sanitized
  • Commercial grade HEPA filters are installed in the treatment area
  • Plexiglass barriers are installed at reception and exam rooms
  • To protect our staff and patients, our staff don face masks, face shields, and gloves
  • Our staff strictly observe the requirements of hand hygiene, physical distancing, and daily temperature-taking. They are masked prior to arriving at work and are self-assessed daily for Covid-19 symptoms to maintain a healthy environment
  • To minimize contact and time spent in our waiting area, the pre-procedural checklist, patient consent form and post-procedural instructions will be emailed/given out. Forms that require a signature and should be signed prior to arriving for the treatment
    • A signed self-assessment specific to Covid-19 will be required from the patient. This helps determine whether a patient can present oneself for the procedure
  • As the CDC has indicated that masks can stop the spread of coronavirus, masks are required at the clinic. Patients are encouraged to wear their own mask prior to their arrival at the clinic. If the patient does not have one, a mask will be provided
  • Upon arrival, thorough hand sanitizing will be required, and the patient's temperature will be taken
  • Family members/companions will be dropping off and picking up the patient at the lobby/parkade. Our staff will bring the patient up the elatvators
  • Treatment times will be spaced to allow maximum physical distancing at all times in the clinic
  • In-person group consultations are suspended temporarily. Instead, virtual presentations are offered ( e.g via Zoom, FaceTime). Phone calls are available if preferred
  • Our doctors will be available to answer each potential patient’s questions, one-on-one (via Zoom, FaceTime)

While using the opportunity in the last months to adopt new safety measures, we are maintaining the high-quality patient care and excellent results as always. It is worth noting that:

  • SmartSurfACE is a scalpel-free, touch-free, incision-free procedure
  • Only topical anesthetic eye drops are used
  • Treatment time for each eye is 45 seconds
  • Some studies have found that UV light in the excimer laser can sterilize airborne viruses

We at Pacific Laser Eye Centre, look forward to working with you again in the spirit of a new beginning and new experiences.


EVOLUTION OF SAFETY AND INNOVATION AT PACIFIC LASER EYE CENTRE

Pacific Laser Eye Centre has remained at the forefront of laser refractive procedures - it was the first centre in British Columbia to introduce PRK in 1991. PLEC then became one of the first centres in the world to treat patients with LASIK in 1994 and FEMTO Lasik in 2005. Constantly striving to improve the safety of laser refractive procedures, Dr. Lin and Dr. Holland have now progressed to the safest, least invasive techniques to date. Most recently, in conjunction with the engineers at Schwind Eye Tech Solutions, our doctors have developed Smart Pulse Technology which evolved to the SmartSurfACE Laser Procedure(SLP).

Swhind Laser Machine

About SmartSurfACE Laser Procedure(SLP)

SmartSurfACE Laser Procedure is a completely touch-less procedure – no scraping, no cuts, no incisions, no alcohol. The SmartSurfACE refractive laser system operates at 1000Hz (versus the traditional 400Hz). The laser utilizes a 7 directional ocular movement tracking system which results in perfectly centered treatments even if you have difficulty holding still during the procedure. Treatment time is approximately 40 seconds per eye, longer with higher prescriptions. This one step "trans-epithelial" procedure offers higher safety compared to Lasik, with no flap complications, no intra-stromal complications, and no risk of ectasia (excessive weakening of the cornea). This is also associated with faster visual recovery compared to traditional PRK.

SmartSurfACE is suitable for all patients who want to see clearly without the hindrance of contact lenses or glasses. It is suitable for patients who play active sports and patients with thin corneas or complex corneal topographies (maps), such as with keratoconus. The efficiency of this advanced laser allows doctors to treat almost all levels of myopia in the safest manner possible.

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