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[Merged] laser eye surgery

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

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May 29, 2007
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envious of those prices that people are getting in BC.
Went to Lasik MD in Toronto and it's 4200 for advaned custom and 3000 for standard.
they did offer me student rate financing though... :eek:
prefer not to finance so either trip to BC needs to be arranged or i need to work more.
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Well, it's my forth day with my new eyes! I did the surgery at LasikMD in Mississauga on Monday.

I was shocked how quickly the whole procedure went. It was roughly three minutes per eye. Insane! Honestly, it didn't feel like anything even happened. No pain, just minor sensations like something briefly touching your eye. The only part that really stood out to me was the burning smell. It reminded me of when you smell burning hair. Ugh, hate that smell! Oh yeah, and when they cut the flap your vision goes black but comes back after a brief moment.

My surgeon, Dr. Mounir Bashour was great. He answered some of my questions before I did the procedure and he was even talking to me during the whole procedure itself. He explained what he was doing and if things were going well. I felt at ease through everything. I went into the whole thing at ease though. I just said to myself, I'm going to just go in and put my faith into these specialists and things should work out well.

Recovery will vary for everyone. The first week is the most important and you'll be given various drops and a schedule of when to take them. My most painful sensations are when I take the drops. I would sometimes get a stinging sensation in my eyes after I used the drops. This happened more-so on the first three days. Today it hasn't bothered me so far. Things will eventually get better after time.

Well...as for vision. I can see! On my post-op visit I tested at 20/20. I asked to see the 20/15 lines and I could read those too. The doctor said things should improve more after a month. My vision should stabilize and things will become sharper and have better contrast. I don't want to get too excited or high just yet, but I'm definitely happy with my vision so far. I just hope that I'll be able to maintain the 20/15 that my eyes have always been capable of. It would be great for my job.

Okay. That's it! If anyone has any questions go ahead and ask! I'll do my best to answer.

To those going in soon. Best of luck and great health to you during your recovery!

EDIT: Oh yes. Thanks to all that have contributed to this thread! A huge thanks to dredd2099! I may not have done the procedure this year if I didn't have your help. Thanks!
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iengrfd wrote: I have booked for PRK this Thursday at CCV. But we are having some schedule problems here. My own doctor will not work on Friday (Good Friday) so he won't see me for my day 1 post op. But I have not received any confirmation that CCV doctor will do day 1 check for me on Friday. Im not sure if I will eventually get my PRK done this week.... I hope everything will go smoother than this.
I hope you were able to work out the scheduling issue. Your post-op check up is very important. It would make sense for CCV to take care of it too. Seeing as how they were willing to see you today (Thursday) for surgery.
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Jan 27, 2013
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Pro wrote: Well, it's my forth day with my new eyes! I did the surgery at LasikMD in Mississauga on Monday.

Oh yeah, and when they cut the flap your vision goes black but comes back after a brief moment.
Ohh glad I'm doing PRK, I don't know if i can stand my vision going black!

Glad your surgery went well, Pro.
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I had the LASIK procedure done yesterday at the downtown Toronto LASIK MD clinic. The procedure was done by Dr. Wallerstein himself.

Overall an excellent experience. 24 hour follow-up was fine. Basically my experience echos Pros.

Highly recommended.
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Good luck Pro and spintheblackcircle!

Day 8 after my PRK here, with Dr. Stein from Bochner. I'll post details later, but in my case, things are still blurry...sorta like when I didn't wear my glasses before the surgery (though vision is better than that)

I did hope for that moment of clarity right after the surgery (and I heard it gets worse right after) but that didn't quite happen for me. Probably my prescriptions were too high.

On the other hand, I do see improvements on a daily basis. Things are still blurry but I can definitely read and make out some words across the room.

On my Day 5 appointment to remove lenses, the technician did say I'm in for a long haul and may take up to 6 weeks or more for eyes to heal.

At that moment, I was 20/30, I think. Over all, I'm hopeful (won't be satisfied until I get 20/20 or better, of course) and painless.
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Pro wrote:
EDIT: Oh yes. Thanks to all that have contributed to this thread! A huge thanks to dredd2099! I may not have done the procedure this year if I didn't have your help. Thanks!
:D glad to be of help sir
get well soon to you and everyone else who just recently had it done
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szayts wrote: Ohh glad I'm doing PRK, I don't know if i can stand my vision going black!

Glad your surgery went well, Pro.
It really isn't that bad. It's very brief. I'm not sure if you've watched videos of both procedures but PRK looks a lot rougher than Lasik. If I could only have done PRK because of my prescription, pupil size, etc. I still would have for sure!
spintheblackcircle wrote: I had the LASIK procedure done yesterday at the downtown Toronto LASIK MD clinic. The procedure was done by Dr. Wallerstein himself.

Overall an excellent experience. 24 hour follow-up was fine. Basically my experience echos Pros.

Highly recommended.
Glad it has been going well. How do you feel now?
misterooga wrote: Good luck Pro and spintheblackcircle!

Day 8 after my PRK here, with Dr. Stein from Bochner. I'll post details later, but in my case, things are still blurry...sorta like when I didn't wear my glasses before the surgery (though vision is better than that)

I did hope for that moment of clarity right after the surgery (and I heard it gets worse right after) but that didn't quite happen for me. Probably my prescriptions were too high.

On the other hand, I do see improvements on a daily basis. Things are still blurry but I can definitely read and make out some words across the room.

On my Day 5 appointment to remove lenses, the technician did say I'm in for a long haul and may take up to 6 weeks or more for eyes to heal.

At that moment, I was 20/30, I think. Over all, I'm hopeful (won't be satisfied until I get 20/20 or better, of course) and painless.
Your recovery will definitely take some time. I'm happy to see that you aren't going through any pain. I was actually experiencing a burning sensation after I dropped my eye drops on days 3 and 4. I'm on day 6 now and I have stopped taking the Steroid and Antibacterial drops. I only use the tears right now.

Vision is good but still not 100% where I want it to me. I just came back from a walk at night. I am finding I have some minor starburst from car headlights and the headlights are very bright. No halos or anything like that but the starburst effect is definitely there. Also, the sharpness I once had isn't quite there yet. I used to be able to see the countdown numbers on crossing lights at a good distance with greater sharpness. The doctor did mention things should get within a month. I hope that will be the case.
dredd2099 wrote: :D glad to be of help sir
get well soon to you and everyone else who just recently had it done
Slowly but surely!
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Pro wrote: Glad it has been going well. How do you feel now?
The best way to describe how my eyes feel is that I have a mildly dry contact lenses in. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm not wearing contacts though... :)

Vision is fine though. Last day of the drop regimen for me. Seven day follow-up is next week.
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spintheblackcircle wrote: The best way to describe how my eyes feel is that I have a mildly dry contact lenses in.
lol, my wife said exactly same thing
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Pro wrote: Your recovery will definitely take some time. I'm happy to see that you aren't going through any pain. I was actually experiencing a burning sensation after I dropped my eye drops on days 3 and 4. I'm on day 6 now and I have stopped taking the Steroid and Antibacterial drops. I only use the tears right now.
I did feel that too... burning sensations when I used the drops. For me, it was dust. In my 'drop list', it's written that order doesn't matter. So if I use artificial tears first, and then steroid and other drops, it didn't hurt as much.

As of now, I'm still using the steroid drops (6 more weeks to go) and artificial tears. By the way, apparently there is shortage of Bion Tears...from the manufacturer's side.

I'm definitely not as anxious about going back to work as I was the first week. I can sort of see and if I'm indoors, I don't notice the blurriness as much...though at times, I do feel my eyes a bit dry now. (started feeling that way past few days..and woke up around 5~6 AM for that reason too)

Pro wrote: Vision is good but still not 100% where I want it to me. I just came back from a walk at night. I am finding I have some minor starburst from car headlights and the headlights are very bright. No halos or anything like that but the starburst effect is definitely there. Also, the sharpness I once had isn't quite there yet. I used to be able to see the countdown numbers on crossing lights at a good distance with greater sharpness. The doctor did mention things should get within a month. I hope that will be the case.
Good luck! I hope so as well.

In terms of my vision, it feels like how I was when I'd worn a pair of contact lenses for 6+ hours. (things used to get blurry then too)...though my eyes are not as dry or tired as those times. If I squint, I can make my vision clear, but I'm sure that's not good for my eyes in the long run. :P
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Nov 2, 2013
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misterooga wrote: I did feel that too... burning sensations when I used the drops. For me, it was dust. In my 'drop list', it's written that order doesn't matter. So if I use artificial tears first, and then steroid and other drops, it didn't hurt as much.

As of now, I'm still using the steroid drops (6 more weeks to go) and artificial tears. By the way, apparently there is shortage of Bion Tears...from the manufacturer's side.

I'm definitely not as anxious about going back to work as I was the first week. I can sort of see and if I'm indoors, I don't notice the blurriness as much...though at times, I do feel my eyes a bit dry now. (started feeling that way past few days..and woke up around 5~6 AM for that reason too)

Good luck! I hope so as well.

In terms of my vision, it feels like how I was when I'd worn a pair of contact lenses for 6+ hours. (things used to get blurry then too)...though my eyes are not as dry or tired as those times. If I squint, I can make my vision clear, but I'm sure that's not good for my eyes in the long run. :P



Hi Misterooga,
I am on my 5th day after my PRK. I have the same feeling as you. My vision is still blurred and only at 20/30 as told by my doctor. But I feel worst than that. I don't hope for 20/20 but just hope the blurred to clear up expecially my left eye which is more blurred now.
I am not sure if I am being impatient and should wait for longer. But Pro's result is so good that make me feel mine is not going on track. I am feeling a bit frstrated. By the way, my eyes are mostly recovered after 4th day and only vision is not clear enough. Does anybody know how much longer it normally take PRK to reach clear vision? My prescription was about -7.0 before Prk. I am seeing halos and ghosting as well now on day 5.
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iengrfd wrote: Hi Misterooga,
I am on my 5th day after my PRK. I have the same feeling as you. My vision is still blurred and only at 20/30 as told by my doctor. But I feel worst than that. I don't hope for 20/20 but just hope the blurred to clear up expecially my left eye which is more blurred now.
I am not sure if I am being impatient and should wait for longer. But Pro's result is so good that make me feel mine is not going on track. I am feeling a bit frstrated. By the way, my eyes are mostly recovered after 4th day and only vision is not clear enough. Does anybody know how much longer it normally take PRK to reach clear vision? My prescription was about -7.0 before Prk. I am seeing halos and ghosting as well now on day 5.
Read my post history earlier in the thread. I was on Day 8 IIRC before I could even use the PC without serious strain. At Day 5 I couldn't even look at a TV, the light sensitivity was ridiculous.

You are 100% normal. Patience.
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iengrfd wrote: Does anybody know how much longer it normally take PRK to reach clear vision? My prescription was about -7.0 before Prk. I am seeing halos and ghosting as well now on day 5.
You're on track. Don't put up yourself for failure, as scouzer said.

I'm on my Day 14 and for certain I'm not fully recovered. However, I'm not as anxious as I was before. I think Day 9/10, I started to see a bit more clearly. Still some blurriness if my eyes are tired or if I stare too long, and definitely not far away. But I could see somewhat okay if it's 2~3 ft away.

As of now, I went to work where I stare at computer all day long, and I could function. I'm still getting used it, of course: I had to turn down brightness and play around with magnify option...and still having some issues here and there. But over all, I'm able to work despite some blurriness.

In terms of how long, I've heard it sort of stabilizes around 6~7 weeks and healing can last from 6 to 12 months.

So, I've been keeping 3 dates: 9~10 days to see across the room, 6~7 weeks to stabilize, and 6 to 12 months to completely heal.

Of course, everyone is different but those are the dates I've read from several blogs....and reminding myself to stay relaxed. Just another 5 months to go. :)

Make sure to keep your eyes hydrated as that's the only way your eyes will heal. (as needed....or every hour or so, in my case) And blink. Something about eye lids brushing the rough bumps on the cornea as it heals; blinking makes cornea smooth and helps with the vision.
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Jan 27, 2013
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Glad everybody's recovery is going well. I am two weeks before my surgery, and I usually wear contacts to the gym, for about an hour every other day, do you guys think i can do that and stop like a week before surgery? They are thin daily disposable contacts. I really need my time at the gym or I go crazy, haha.

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