Refractive Surgery at Bellevue Ophthalmology Clinics

Vision correction at Bellevue clinics is achieved through refractive surgery, a procedure aimed at addressing vision issues such as hyperopia, myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. This intervention utilizes medical tools such as lasers and intraocular lenses (IOLs) to restore the eye to a state of unimpaired refraction.


Refraction: Ocular refraction refers to the process by which light passes through different structures of the eye and is focused on the retina, where visual images are formed. The human eye comprises several parts, including the cornea, lens, and vitreous humor, all of which play a role in the refraction process. Any anomaly in these components is considered a refractive problem if it affects vision.

Phacorefractive surgery: Replacement of a crystalline lens with an intraocular lens that optimizes a patient's vision and reduces dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

Femtosecond laser: A laser guided by imaging is used in patients undergoing refractive surgery. It enables the precise, micron-level execution of certain stages of the operation, which were traditionally performed manually with blades and forceps. This laser technology optimizes postoperative refractive outcomes. Moreover, it allows for the creation of specific incisions that would not be achievable with conventional surgical techniques, such as incisions within the cornea. This avoids cutting corneal nerves, primarily located on the corneal surface, thereby reducing the risks of postoperative dry eye.

Intraocular Lenses

Intraocular lenses come in various categories, offering diverse features such as astigmatism correction when provided in a toric version. At Bellevue Clinic, the selection process for these specialized lenses involves comprehensive examinations, including optical and ultrasound tests. These steps aim to determine the patient's compatibility with a specific lens type, obtain precise measurements for lens power, and accurately anticipate postoperative results.

Intraocular Lenses

Phacorefractive Surgery and Astigmatism Correction

Scientific studies emphasize the importance of reducing astigmatism—a curvature problem of the cornea—to enhance distance vision quality and diminish undesirable effects such as halos or other postoperative dysphotopsias. In the context of phacorefractive surgery, various preoperative measures, such as the precise implantation of toric intraocular lenses, along with markings and intrastromal corneal incisions (astigmatic keratotomies – AK), all contribute to optimizing visual acuity in individuals with astigmatism.

This approach reduces the need for adjustments, thereby avoiding a second surgical intervention and minimizing operative risks.

The Femtosecond Laser: Leading-edge Practices in Ophthalmic Surgery

Since 2014, Bellevue Clinic has had a femtosecond laser to enhance the precision of its interventions. This technology, not yet available in the public health network in Quebec, plays a crucial role in modernizing surgical practices. It optimizes patient vision by offering higher levels of safety, precision, and predictability than traditional surgery.

Medical Expertise at Bellevue

Engaging in various research projects, our highly specialized ophthalmologists are actively involved in a continuous improvement process. They disseminate postoperative results through publications in scientific journals and contribute to conferences at national and international levels. Our team strives to refine surgical techniques to provide patients with solutions that enhance their vision and quality of life.

Our modern facilities, advanced equipment, and experienced staff ensure efficient, safe, professional, and personalized care.


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