I had consults with both Bochner and LASIK MD downtown, i also have a Herzig consult tomorrow.cheap sk8 wrote: ↑ Based on whom you've mentioned so far, since you're in Scarborough Bochner has an office there by Lawrence and Brimley with its own entrance and the surgeon is considered among the top in Canada so that would probably be your best bet. LASIK MD is like going to a hair salon with so many surgeons spread out and depending on who's renting the chair that day (that's literally how they also operate) your experience will vary. Herzig is located in a mall downtown so you'll have to commute all the way downtown and back and hope that the mall he's in is operating best practices during a pandemic, and TLC just went through bankruptcy restructuring and as a result staff left and those left behind, well you can imagine the moral at their office plus what monies are left in the pot for warranty work/touch-ups.
So, who would or have you decided upon?
LASIK MD - Yes it was obvious these guys deal in high volume but i was still fairly impressed. The "refraction consultant" was good in explaining to me what the procedure was going to be like and the testing to see if i was eligible or was fairly thorough. They seem to be using brand new equipment and they weren't trying to rush through the consult either, they were pretty patient with me because i'm super sensitive when it comes to putting stuff in my eye(like the drops and the pressure test) i felt like i got enough time and space to ask my questions. I was quoted $4450 and potential $200 discount if i got the procedure done in February
Bochner - even though the consult was in Scarborough, the surgery would be done in their downtown Office under Dr.Stein. They just have this little office space in Scarborough(inside another eye clinic) for consults only. This consult was kind of different, the lady doing the consult was way more experienced but she was also not as thorough as they were in LASIK MD, she actually forgot to do a corneal pressure test until it came up in a conversation and i reminded her that we didn't do it. And unlike LASIK MD, she didn't do a test for dry eyes either, to be fair i don't know if we needed that or not but overall i'd say the consult at Bochner was slightly less detail oriented. They also seem to be using older technology and older equipment compared to LASIK MD, it could be that this was because the consult was at their Scarborough office but i saw a clear difference. I was quoted $5400 but i was eligible for a $700 Venngo discount so $4700
What i understand from both consults is that i was kind of an ideal candidate for LASIK because of a mild prescription, above average corneal thickness and no other complications.
SO far its kind of tough to choose between them. LASIK MD isn't really that much cheaper but i didn't get the impression that they were compromising on quality of service either. Like you said, the one setback is not having a superstar Surgeon with a long track record but its not really clear to me that it matters that much. With Bochner, i was kind of disappointed with the office and their equipment given that this is the most expensive option but the consult being in Scarborough played a big role. The positives with Bochner is clearly their surgeons and the overall track record they have, it might be worth spending the extra couple hundred dollars to go with Dr.Stein. They're both downtown and its not really much of a difference for me, post op care and consultations are similar because you don't really deal with your surgeon in most cases.
We'll see what my experience with Herzig will be like, my guess is it will be the most expensive because they don't have any Venngo discounts.