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[Merged] laser eye surgery

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

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Yes
 
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48%
No
 
20
16%
Pizza is yummy
 
46
37%
Newbie
Dec 1, 2011
44 posts
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KANATA
I can't believe people are still willing to perform Lasik. They aren't even considered a competitor of Intralase SBK anymore because the risk factor is in a whole different ballpark. AT LEAST do PRK - your vision is worth more than a cheap Lasik procedure.
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Nov 18, 2006
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Zed003 wrote:
May 22nd, 2012 11:29 am
I can't believe people are still willing to perform Lasik. They aren't even considered a competitor of Intralase SBK anymore because the risk factor is in a whole different ballpark. AT LEAST do PRK - your vision is worth more than a cheap Lasik procedure.

Thanks for the reply.

I'm still in the research phase so I'm trying to pick up all the terms.

I'd thought PRK was a subset (or related to) Lasik but I guess they differ greatly?

And is Intralase SBK something else altogether different?

I'll obviously continue my research but I wanted to get a sense of what's out in the market... PRK, Lasik, Interlase... anything else?
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Apr 26, 2004
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Thornhill
PRK is safer procedure, but recovery time is longer and vision not stable for longer period of time, while with Lasik you basically able to see OK right after surgery and vision is perfect on second day.
Intralase SBK is basically same as Lasik but flap created by laser instead of blade.
I did my Lasik 3 month ago and I am very happy. Vision was good on the second day.

misterooga wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 3:16 pm
Thanks for the reply.

I'm still in the research phase so I'm trying to pick up all the terms.

I'd thought PRK was a subset (or related to) Lasik but I guess they differ greatly?

And is Intralase SBK something else altogether different?

I'll obviously continue my research but I wanted to get a sense of what's out in the market... PRK, Lasik, Interlase... anything else?
Sr. Member
Mar 29, 2012
853 posts
111 upvotes
Vancouver
Hey, anyone know any safe and trustworthy clinics in Vancouver or Richmond to get Lasik or PRK surgery done? I've been thinking it would be a lot cheaper and safer in the long-term rather than using eye contacts all my life. But, i've never trusted doctors or "medical specialists" due to health specialists always being wrong, through my experiences, so i'm quite a bit skeptical on who I can trust with my eye surgery.

I'm not really sure which is the better option.. Lasik or PRK, but right now i'm leaning towards Lasik, and will probably get it done next year.
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Jun 2, 2006
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Mississauga
Just had my consultation with Lasik MD today, they said because of my high prescription, I should go with custom wavefront lasik. The cost would just be under $4000. They did mention that if I ever needed a re-adjustment, there would be no charge, even after the first 5-years.

They suggested I go with the keratome, however my optometrist said I should I go with intralase since the cut is more accurate, heals quicker, and there's less chance of complication compared to the manual blade. Has anybody went with the keratome wish to comment on this?

They also mentioned that your eyes will be very dry for the first year so you will need to use eye drop regularly (6-10 times a day), is that true?

I'm planning to book a appointment with Bochner this week as I would like to make my decision soon. I've pretty much narrowed it down between Lasik MD and Bochner so I'm weighing my options.
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Apr 26, 2004
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Thornhill
I had Lasik @ MD about 3 months ago, with keratome. Apparently this technology has also improved and it does more accurate and thin flap. I had very dry eyes for about a month. During the first month I used drops like 4 times a day ( much more during first week). But after that I only use them when I have tired eyes ( I am computer programmer), usually before bed time but probably once a week or less. I feel them dry sometimes, but not very dry. No irritation or anything like that. A bit discomfort can be cured with one drop if really needed. I still feel the condition improving a bit. Major thing is night vision, but this is expected during first year and it's getting better.
Longobongo wrote:
May 28th, 2012 10:31 pm
Just had my consultation with Lasik MD today, they said because of my high prescription, I should go with custom wavefront lasik. The cost would just be under $4000. They did mention that if I ever needed a re-adjustment, there would be no charge, even after the first 5-years.

They suggested I go with the keratome, however my optometrist said I should I go with intralase since the cut is more accurate, heals quicker, and there's less chance of complication compared to the manual blade. Has anybody went with the keratome wish to comment on this?

They also mentioned that your eyes will be very dry for the first year so you will need to use eye drop regularly (6-10 times a day), is that true?

I'm planning to book a appointment with Bochner this week as I would like to make my decision soon. I've pretty much narrowed it down between Lasik MD and Bochner so I'm weighing my options.
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Jun 2, 2006
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Mississauga
Yea about the night vision, do you still notice halos or something else? My optometrist said that those issues have been greatly reduced since the laser today covers more of the pupil.
e1e0n wrote:
May 28th, 2012 11:01 pm
I had Lasik @ MD about 3 months ago, with keratome. Apparently this technology has also improved and it does more accurate and thin flap. I had very dry eyes for about a month. During the first month I used drops like 4 times a day ( much more during first week). But after that I only use them when I have tired eyes ( I am computer programmer), usually before bed time but probably once a week or less. I feel them dry sometimes, but not very dry. No irritation or anything like that. A bit discomfort can be cured with one drop if really needed. I still feel the condition improving a bit. Major thing is night vision, but this is expected during first year and it's getting better.
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Apr 26, 2004
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Thornhill
Yes I do see halos/starbursts, but it's getting better and better... Actually I had some (very little, probably normal) halos and starbursts. They just got much worse after, first month they were very bad.
Longobongo wrote:
May 28th, 2012 11:59 pm
Yea about the night vision, do you still notice halos or something else? My optometrist said that those issues have been greatly reduced since the laser today and cover more of the the pupil.
Newbie
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Feb 4, 2012
10 posts
VANCOUVER
Anyone did the surgery in Kingvision? It's said to be the official lasik surgeon of Cannucks.
Newbie
May 29, 2012
1 posts
malaco0219 wrote:
Apr 2nd, 2007 9:29 pm
implanted?

The only other thing i heard of, which i keep forgetting the name.. is super hard contacts that you wear at night, and restores your vision, but you must wear it every night.

I've worn that for 5 years I think, I don't any more just because it was so expensive. :PP It really works and there's no sideeffects, the best part is that it preserves your vision (I didn't go up in prescription for those 5 yrs) I always thought it was an asian thing because my parents made me do it and we called ti AOK lens I think. If people don't want to do laser yet but want good vision, I'd get this.
Man, I really want laser eye surgery now :P Thanks for all the stories!!1
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Jun 2, 2006
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Mississauga
Can't get a Bochner consultation until the end of June which is too far off just to get an evaluation.

Based on what I've read and overall reviews, I think I may just go with Lasik MD

Btw, anybody know of any group deals :D
Newbie
Feb 5, 2012
64 posts
8 upvotes
Aylmer
A tiny bit off topic here, but I have gone back and forth between wanting to get the surgery done and just carrying on with the glasses / contacts routine, and I think (for now at least) that I am going to stick to glasses (the thought of someone doing things to my eyes freaks me out haha) ANYWAYS I wanted to share with you guys clearlycontacts.ca - this company has made it SO much easier for me! I was always worried about the health of my eyes because I wore contacts all the time, but now I am SUPER happy with wearing glasses because I have so many options! I now only wear contacts when I play sports / want to be fancy :P I have bought four pairs of glasses from them and also a pair of prescription sunglasses so far, and I LOVE them all! My trick is to only buy when they have good deals (my most recent pair I got for $24 - including taxes, shipping, EVERYTHING!) because it was a "first pair free" and free shipping event! They have first pair free sales all the time, if you like them on fb they'll keep you posted when they happen! I may cheat the system a tad and have bought three "first pair free" - I just use a different name / send them to different addresses haha shhhh don't tell. But I also bought sunglasses / contacts full price so I don't feel so bad :P

Also a tip: my eyes are -3.5 and -4.5, but I always select the "free" lenses that are only recommended for people with prescriptions between -.5 and .5 I think as long as you get a pair with a thick frame (ie any plastic frames) then this isn't a big deal. They don't look stupidly thick at all! And honestly it's worth a try for less than $30!

Good luck to all of you who are brave enough to have the surgery! Someday I know I will get it done, but for now I am enjoying all of my glasses :D
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Mar 16, 2008
827 posts
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I have a consultation at Herzig today at 1:30pm. Will keep you all posted. I'm ready to ditch my glasses like NOW.

btw here's my prescription....

Right: -2.50
Left with astigmatism : -1.50
-1.25x070
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Apr 3, 2006
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So I finally made up my mind, did the research and decided to go with Lasik MD with the Advanced Custom Wavefront All-Laser option. A couple of reasons for this, first off, I prefer no blade touching my eye. Second, I have rather large pupils (7.6 mm) and conventional lasers will give me a greater chance of issues with halo's and star bursts due to the fact that they can really only operate up to 6.5 mm. Finally, I believe SBK is simply a far superior system than conventional LASIK since it removes such a tiny portion of the upper layer of the eye (around 90 microns), leaving plenty of cornea for future touch ups if they are required. Got the quote for $4180 from Lasik MD.

Going in on June 23rd with Dr. Mounir Bashour. Wish me luck!

If any one else had the same surgery let me know how it went!
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Mar 16, 2008
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RobbieG wrote:
Jun 7th, 2012 7:22 am
I have a consultation at Herzig today at 1:30pm. Will keep you all posted. I'm ready to ditch my glasses like NOW.

btw here's my prescription....

Right: -2.50
Left with astigmatism : -1.50
-1.25x070


I'm a candidate for Lasik. Booked an appointment for Thursday, June 14th to get it done. AND AWAY SHE GOES!!! :D
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