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Old 08-25-2011, 07:30 AM   #1
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Laser Eye Surgery

Search is dead, and I could only find one thread in the health and wellness section.

Anyway, forgive me if this is in the wrong section but these are my EYES that I'm dealing with, not requesting to find an oil change shop... , I need to hit up a popular subforum.


Anyway, I've made up my mind that I want to do Lasik. I want to hear any success/horror stories before I take the plunge..

Anyone? Basically I want to go to the most reputable place, money is not a question regarding something like this..

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Old 08-25-2011, 07:48 AM   #2
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LASIK Laser Eye Surgery, Lasik, PRK Vancouver Canada, Lasik Eye Surgery, Laser Surgery for the Eye - Coal Harbour Lasik Eye Centre

My mom went here and nothing but good experiences, close to home for us since after the surgery if you have no one to drive you; just a short cab ride home.
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i think ive seen people discussing london eye center or something similar in the health section.. pretty good info there IIRC
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My sister went to Dr. Lin @ Pacific Laser. She says he was more than Lasik, but, apparently, this guy is the best. When it comes to something as important as your eyes, I don't mind paying a bit more.
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go to the guy that does it for the canucks... cant remember who but his business partner tried to have him killed



and there's supposed to be another form of Lasik which is supposed to be better i hear

so do some research before deciding on which one

(apparently many soldiers who've had lasik have had their eyes fucked up while in afghanistan/iraq so its believed that trauma+lasik=bad)
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I find it interesting how many/most laser eye surgeons still wear glasses...
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Lasik are usually good for ppl with a lower prescription. If you have a higher prescription of 5.0 diopters or more, they would recommend you to do PRK.

I'm book for Coal Harbour Eye Centre next month. I've heard nothing but good news from them.

I went to both Pacific Eye Centre (Dr. Lin/Dr. Holland) and Coal Harbour. The staff and whole organization seems to be much better to me at Coal Harbour than Pacific.
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I find it interesting how many/most laser eye surgeons still wear glasses...
They probably can't do the procedure onto themselves and don't trust other surgeons..
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I heard that once u do the surgery, ur eyes can't focus for an extended period of time and they get dry easily. Reading becomes difficult. Any proof to what I've heard?
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I heard that once u do the surgery, ur eyes can't focus for an extended period of time and they get dry easily. Reading becomes difficult. Any proof to what I've heard?
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Depends on the person. Personally I was fine after my week of healing. Eyes were a little dry in the mornings but went away after a while.

Had mine done a London Eye Centre in New Westminster. Good after care as well. Get a referral and get $500 knocked off price.

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I heard that once u do the surgery, ur eyes can't focus for an extended period of time and they get dry easily. Reading becomes difficult. Any proof to what I've heard?
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When I am reading a book for a while, and look up things aren't crisp and clear and are a bit blurry but nothing that would affect my quality of life.. This only lasts probably 5-10mins.. Weird thing is that it does not hapen when i am looking at the computer screen for a while..

I had prk done at london eye 2 years ago.

As for the surgeons wearing glasses, it is probably for reading, not for myopia or hyperopia
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friend from korea just got it done fairly cheap there and more professional
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Coal Harbour. They'll pre-screen you to see if you're more suitable for Lasik or PRK. Cost for either PRK or Lasik was ~$2000-2500 a few years ago now.

If you're into contact sports or anything physical, you may want to consider PRK instead of Lasik.

Lasik cuts a flap which never truly fully heals (it can become dry - MUST remember to stick to the eyedrop routine they give you) and can be dislodged in contact sports.

PRK "shaves" off the top of the eye, so it does take a bit longer to "heal" the surface, and you'd have to wear these funky large contact lenses at night for... I think it's a few months, I'd have to ask my brother.

Both brothers and an ex had laser eye surgery done. One brother got PRK, the other got Lasik. My ex got Lasik.

I'd say get more info on what may be more suitable for you, and then find out which places specialize more towards one or the other.

I'll tell you now, Coal Harbour is one of the better ones for PRK, and is definitely no slouch with Lasik either.
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So, all Asians wear glasses and those who don't, have actually had laser eye surgery.

I don't think I can ever do it. With my luck, I will be the one in a million that will go blind from it.

Besides, if everybody stopped wearing glasses, what would happen to all the naughty librarians?


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I also forgot to mention this which I find it weird.

I was told to do PRK at both Pacific Eye Centre and Coal Harbour Eye Centre.

Coal Harbour includes all the following check ups at their facility included in the costs. You can opt for an optometrist elsewhere but you have to pay for it yourself.

Pacific Eye Centre will ask you to go book your own schedules with your own optometrist.

To me, it just seems Coal Harbour runs on a very conservative guidelines and the doctor is very hands on in making sure you are well taken care of under his control.
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I did my eyes last Nov at Lasik MD (DT), they now have a branch in Surrey. They did a price match for me so I paid around $2400. I now have 20/20 vision. I did PRK
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For those that had PRK, how long until you could 'see' well enough to go back to work, do normal everyday things, etc?
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my one friend went to a top of the line expensive ass doctor but ended up having some issues with sunlight. might have been his fault. he is fine now.

my other friend (well ex friend) went to a moderately proced doc on the cheap side and had NO issues. but shes a total piece of cunt so who knows.

point is, i think its very safe nowdays. if i were u id go with someone well reviewed but in the moderate vs high priced category. i dont think u need the guy who does henrik sedins eyes. just make sure to be careful afterwards (ie avoid sun) as i be most mishaps nowdays are the recipient's fault, not the doctor's
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For those that had PRK, how long until you could 'see' well enough to go back to work, do normal everyday things, etc?
I was cleared to legally be able to drive... 3 days after?
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I was cleared to legally be able to drive... 3 days after?
Everybody says PRK is suppose to require a longer healing process compared to lasik. How long did it take for you to get back to your normal routine? i.e. work / gym etc.
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how bad were your eye sight for the people who got surgery done?

i want it done too, but im only a -2.00, not sure if its worth it, 20/20 vision would be awesome tho
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I did PRK at Coal Harbour and it took me 12 days before I could confidently drive again. I had crap vision from day 2 to day 11 (day 1 vision was great, but that was expected apparently)... then suddenly day 12 vision was BAM excellent.
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