Beauty & Wellness

[Merged] laser eye surgery

  • Last Updated:
  • Jun 13th, 2018 12:21 pm

Poll: Mid twenties a good age to get it done?

  • Total votes: 226. You have voted on this poll.
Yes
 
117
52%
No
 
33
15%
Pizza is yummy
 
76
34%
Newbie
Dec 20, 2017
21 posts
11 upvotes
EasyCompany251 wrote:
May 3rd, 2018 3:00 pm
Had Lasik at NVISION and received sunglasses and night goggles for sleeping.
Hmm.. maybe they give it for Lasik and not PRK? Thinking Face
Newbie
Mar 14, 2010
65 posts
43 upvotes
Montreal
ttmkactus wrote:
May 2nd, 2018 4:34 pm
PRK Pros:
- good for contact sports and any possibility of getting hit in the eye
- more conservative approach, with less cornea removed (you only have a limited amount, and if you need another procedure, more cornea will be removed)

PRK Cons:
- longer recovery time
- possibility of haze (if you don't take care of your eyes properly, post-procedure)

LASIK Pros:
- instant eyesight
- shorter recovery time

LASIK Cons:
- possibility of flap dislodging if you get hit in the eye (emergency situation)
- higher probability of dry eye symptoms
- more cornea removed (for flap + adjustment)
- possible injury / side effects from suction ring (used to create flap); ex. floaters, retinal damage, etc
- eyes will always feel "weaker" than before (there is an empty space between your flap and cornea)
- if you need to fix a botched procedure, they will do PRK on you

By no means are these all the pros and cons.
These are just what I can think of right now.

Hope that helps!
Is it just me or is Lasik almost always the worst option... especially if you have a surplus of money and time? I mean seriously, Lasik looks like it's just a minefield.
Member
Sep 6, 2011
487 posts
734 upvotes
ttmkactus wrote:
May 2nd, 2018 4:34 pm
LASIK Cons:
- possibility of flap dislodging if you get hit in the eye (emergency situation)
- higher probability of dry eye symptoms
- more cornea removed (for flap + adjustment)
- possible injury / side effects from suction ring (used to create flap); ex. floaters, retinal damage, etc
- eyes will always feel "weaker" than before (there is an empty space between your flap and cornea)
- if you need to fix a botched procedure, they will do PRK on you
All of the above means much crappier night vision and longer recovery time for night vision to come back to normal.
changetomorrowtoday wrote:
May 4th, 2018 11:51 pm
Is it just me or is Lasik almost always the worst option... especially if you have a surplus of money and time? I mean seriously, Lasik looks like it's just a minefield.
Lasik is the factory production of corrective eye surgery, they are now drumming up business by posting ads offering 12 month $0 down, 0% interest free period, and a 5 year payment period. That is just awful. If prospective patients can't afford the $3000+ procedure for SmartSurfACE transPRK, don't even bother.
Newbie
May 7, 2018
2 posts
Hi Everyone! I know this probably has been asked before but I wanted to ask how you decided between Bochner and NVISION?

I have gone to them all Including TLC, LASIK MD and narrowed it down to 2.

Both tell me I am a candidate for LASIK. I have high prescription, -8 with 2.00 astigmatism. I'm still deciding between PRK or LASIK and also the clinic. I have a surgery date booked next week with BOTH! I like both clinics but I find NVISION has the better technology however BOCHNER has better customer service.

HELP? Please. Thank-you!
Member
Nov 21, 2014
243 posts
157 upvotes
Atlantic
ShanPeiH69451 wrote:
May 8th, 2018 7:06 am
I know this probably has been asked before but I wanted to ask how you decided between Bochner and NVISION?
I did it with NVISION and results have been very good. 1 month post-op and I'm at 20/15. I would probably choose the newer laser platform over customer service.

What does Bochner use in terms of their laser system?

Either way, I think both are very good options and you're in good hands.
Newbie
May 7, 2018
2 posts
EasyCompany251 wrote:
May 9th, 2018 6:56 am
I did it with NVISION and results have been very good. 1 month post-op and I'm at 20/15. I would probably choose the newer laser platform over customer service.

What does Bochner use in terms of their laser system?

Either way, I think both are very good options and you're in good hands.
I know Bochner doesn't use Vsix, it's the one after Vsix. I can't remember the name.

Bochner has been highly recommended to me by lots of friends and family. However when I did the initial consultation, it was with a RN.

Thanks for the input! I am leaning towards NVISION as well.

Did you do LASIK? OR PRK?
Jr. Member
Jul 2, 2013
166 posts
48 upvotes
VANCOUVER
Has anyone done SBK? Heard from some folks that it's a good combo? of LASIK recovery time and PRK risk
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Oct 1, 2011
5985 posts
1220 upvotes
alexstevens17 wrote:
May 9th, 2018 6:42 pm
Has anyone done SBK? Heard from some folks that it's a good combo? of LASIK recovery time and PRK risk
SBK is LASIK, specifically thin-flap LASIK (but keep in mind that most modern-day LASIK won't be cutting thick flaps anymore anyway, as long as they use the femtosecond laser to cut the flap). The risk factors fall in line closer with LASIK, not PRK.
Newbie
Jan 29, 2018
59 posts
8 upvotes
Anyone who did Trans PRK -SmartSurf at NVision, have you noticed any difference/improvements/get worse 5-6 months or 12 months, or after? Or pretty much stay same as how it was 3-4 months after the surgery? I am hovering between 20/15 in one eye, and between 20/15-20/20 on the other and wondered if it'll stay that way or get better. Thanks.
Member
Dec 15, 2012
224 posts
122 upvotes
Toronto
So who got PRK Surgery and where did you do it?? and also hows the result so far? :D
Member
Nov 21, 2014
243 posts
157 upvotes
Atlantic
misterlamed wrote:
May 21st, 2018 1:10 am
So who got PRK Surgery and where did you do it?? and also hows the result so far? :D
I had LASIK done at NVISION.

There's quite a few people on this forum that have had PRK SmartSurface with good results. Seeing as you're in Toronto, the only clinic that offers PRK SmartSurface is NVISION.

I have nothing but good things to say about them - their professionalism, thorough testing before procedure and aftercare. Dr. Machat has been in the laser eye surgery industry from the beginning and definitely knows what he's doing.
Jr. Member
Jul 17, 2010
157 posts
21 upvotes
Toronto
EasyCompany251 wrote:
May 21st, 2018 8:38 pm
I had LASIK done at NVISION.

There's quite a few people on this forum that have had PRK SmartSurface with good results. Seeing as you're in Toronto, the only clinic that offers PRK SmartSurface is NVISION.

I have nothing but good things to say about them - their professionalism, thorough testing before procedure and aftercare. Dr. Machat has been in the laser eye surgery industry from the beginning and definitely knows what he's doing.
how much does it cost?
Newbie
Jul 25, 2009
7 posts
6 upvotes
Woodbridge
Awesome thread. Burnt69 and Peanutz you guys have done an amazing job, thank you very much.

Now it is my turn, I decided it is about time that that I get that laser vision correction. It is not that I hate my glasses, it is because now my optometrist cannot correct me even to 20/25. I’ve reached the age (now I am 54) where now I am wearing progressive lenses and I hate them, they just don’t work for me. The last 2 pair of glasses are progressive, and I had to return them to the optician at least once to be remade and still with the glasses the max I reach is I think 20/50 which is borderline to not being allowed to drive.

I had superficial keratectomy done on both eyes. Left was done last year, and right was done 2 months ago. When I asked the corneal specialist (I am not going to mention his name here) if doing PRK would correct the problem, his answer was no, you need the superficial keratectomy. Today I was told quite the opposite – that PRK would have corrected the problem that superficial k would address. Well I suffered the same way as if I’ve done PRK, so nothing would surprise me.

Sorry for the long post but I wanted all the facts in. I decided to check 3 clinics (I live in Woodbridge which is part of GTA, or greater Toronto area for the non Ontarians) – TLC, Herzig and Bochner. Googling revealed quite a lot of bad reviews for Herzig so I took them out of my list. After I read almost all of the posts here I decided that TransPRK is the only procedure that I am going to have and today I saw Nvision. Yes, I know their laser is 750 not the 1050 as the one in Vancouver but the difference is so small that would not justify me flying to Vancouver. Today I was given the option of RLE (refractive lens exchange) since my epithelium had healed so well after the superficial k. Of course Dr. Machat will evaluate the options based on the test results but what do you guys think? Should I go for RLE or do the PRK and if/when I need cataract surgery then will deal with it.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions/recommendations. BTW my surgery (PRK for now) is scheduled for now for August 14th.
Newbie
Dec 5, 2017
21 posts
alexstoev wrote:
May 24th, 2018 2:13 pm
Awesome thread. Burnt69 and Peanutz you guys have done an amazing job, thank you very much.

Now it is my turn, I decided it is about time that that I get that laser vision correction. It is not that I hate my glasses, it is because now my optometrist cannot correct me even to 20/25. I’ve reached the age (now I am 54) where now I am wearing progressive lenses and I hate them, they just don’t work for me. The last 2 pair of glasses are progressive, and I had to return them to the optician at least once to be remade and still with the glasses the max I reach is I think 20/50 which is borderline to not being allowed to drive.

I had superficial keratectomy done on both eyes. Left was done last year, and right was done 2 months ago. When I asked the corneal specialist (I am not going to mention his name here) if doing PRK would correct the problem, his answer was no, you need the superficial keratectomy. Today I was told quite the opposite – that PRK would have corrected the problem that superficial k would address. Well I suffered the same way as if I’ve done PRK, so nothing would surprise me.

Sorry for the long post but I wanted all the facts in. I decided to check 3 clinics (I live in Woodbridge which is part of GTA, or greater Toronto area for the non Ontarians) – TLC, Herzig and Bochner. Googling revealed quite a lot of bad reviews for Herzig so I took them out of my list. After I read almost all of the posts here I decided that TransPRK is the only procedure that I am going to have and today I saw Nvision. Yes, I know their laser is 750 not the 1050 as the one in Vancouver but the difference is so small that would not justify me flying to Vancouver. Today I was given the option of RLE (refractive lens exchange) since my epithelium had healed so well after the superficial k. Of course Dr. Machat will evaluate the options based on the test results but what do you guys think? Should I go for RLE or do the PRK and if/when I need cataract surgery then will deal with it.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions/recommendations. BTW my surgery (PRK for now) is scheduled for now for August 14th.
You want to have corneal surgery after having corneal surgery? Lol..really? What do you think will happen to your cornea with a PRK or trans PRK or anotherPRK machine in the world ..PRK is PRK. On top of it you are in your 50's already. There must be an obvious reason why you can not be corrected to 20/20. Maybe see a real corneal specialist first before getting your eyes cut open again.

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