Getting started at Gimbel Eye Centre is as easy as picking up the phone.
The first step is to speak to one of our Patient Counsellor for a phone consultation. He or she will ask questions about your eye health and talk to you about your options.
Ph: (403) 286-3022 or Toll-free (800) 661-1138
Ph: (780) 452-4111 or Toll-free (888) 211-4822
Are You a Candidate?
Generally, to be a candidate for surgery, you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age (21 for some procedures)
- Have stable vision for one year — minor fluctuations may not disqualify you
- Have a correctable vision problem
- Have eyes free of complicating injuries and diseases
- Must not be pregnant or nursing
While these qualifications serve as a guideline, a complete assessment is the best way to determine if vision correction surgery can be performed on you.
For more information, please feel free to contact us at any time.
When you’re ready to take the next step, your Patient Counsellor will first discuss a series of questions with you before booking an appointment for an assessment of your eyes and vision. This appointment has no cost, will help you decide whether vision correction surgery is right for you, and which option will give you the results you are looking for. Although we have performed over 200,000 surgeries, we’ll only recommend a procedure if we’re confident that you’ll get the results that will satisfy you. We’ll provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. Please complete an Assessment Request Form online or call one of our counsellors (you’ll need to have your prescription ready).
During your assessment, you’ll meet with a doctor to ask questions and talk about any concerns you might have. This appointment will give your surgeon all the information he or she needs to customize the procedure to your vision correction treatment.
Our staff is always available to listen to and answer your questions and concerns. Please feel free to contact us at any time.
Guidelines for Healthy Eyes
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Exercise regularly (consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program)
- Avoid harmful substances like cigarettes, excessive amounts of alcohol and recreational drugs
- Arrange for regular eye exams
- Wear sunglasses outdoors
- Wear proper corrective lenses
- Give tired eyes a break
Many of the things that affect the health of your body overall also affect the health of your eyes. Smoking contributes to the development of cataracts and retinal diseases, which can lead to blindness. Smokers are also less likely to benefit from treatment for retinal disease. Alcohol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high blood cholesterol are also risk factors for developing some eye conditions (cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.).
You should also avoid bright sunlight and wear sunglasses outdoors. Too much exposure to bright sunlight can damage the lens and retina of eyes. Sunglasses should block out ultraviolet A and B radiation.
If you wear contact lenses, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. If contact lenses are used improperly, infections can occur and serious damage can be done to your eyes.