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Old 06-24-2013, 12:53 PM   #51
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I think I had to wait a little more than a month before I could "go in the water". That being said, I was a lifeguard at the time and had to teach swimming lessons so for the first month I just wore goggles at all times and even after a month I still had my eyes tightly shut whenever my eyes came near the water. Hell, I don't even open my eyes underwater at the pool anymore just because I know how dirty those places are.
Just because your eyes are closed underwater doesn't mean the pool water won't come into contact with your eyes...
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Also, besides the fact that PRK is a "no-touch surgical procedure". It's also a more proven method than LASIK because it's been around much longer.
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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.
IT is a little more and when my friend went to him, all the after care was paid out of pocket as well. Not included in the price

I had my eyes done at London Eye Centre in 2006 and have never had a problem.
I have quite a few friends who have gone there as well.
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IT is a little more and when my friend went to him, all the after care was paid out of pocket as well. Not included in the price

I had my eyes done at London Eye Centre in 2006 and have never had a problem.
I have quite a few friends who have gone there as well.
That was one of the main reasons I went to London Eye Place. Besides being renowned as the best place for this type of "surgery" they take care of all your post-op follow ups and everything in house. No need to run around anywhere else to get your check-ups and appointments. And not that I cared about the money when it came to my eyes, but it was all included in the initial price, also got an additional $500 discount when someone called in to ask to have me added to their group for the group rate discount.
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IT is a little more and when my friend went to him, all the after care was paid out of pocket as well. Not included in the price

I had my eyes done at London Eye Centre in 2006 and have never had a problem.
I have quite a few friends who have gone there as well.
+1 for London, had mine done a little over 2 years ago. Very happy with the decision. Care and staff were great. I chose them because i have family members that went there 10+ years ago and are still happy.

Had PRK ( prior prescription was stable at -1.75 and -2.25 for about 5 years w/ some astigmatism)

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Painful during few days after as the skin grows back(stayed in bed took meds and drops)

Took about 2 weeks for computer/close up vision to be good
About the same for night vision to be what i remembered it to be.

Eyes were a little dry on wake up some mornings but hardly ever needed drops.

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so im assuming -1.75 and -2.25 means 175 and 225 degrees for your eyes?
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so im assuming -1.75 and -2.25 means 175 and 225 degrees for your eyes?
No, those numbers refer to the amount I was near sighted. I think the units are diopters or something. 0 would be perfect, a plus Would be farsighted and - indicates near sighted I believe. Astigmatism Is measured in degrees I think.
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yea and im asking does -1.75 mean 175 degree in terms of shortsightedness?
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yea and im asking does -1.75 mean 175 degree in terms of shortsightedness?
I am saying no I don't think it is in degrees at all, you can be -10.00 it isn't 1000 degrees. I would say it is more just a measurement of how far away from perfect vision you are. I am not an eye dr, so that's probably the best I can explain it. Maybe someone else will know better.
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Went to London Eye and Pacific Laser this past week for consultations to see which one I liked best.

London Eye said my cornea was too thin, so they recommended PRK. I really had my heart set on the Intralase SBK procedure, so I asked the doc again. He pulled out a calculator, punched a few numbers in and said that I'd be coming close to their threshold, but it would be ok (371 microns after surgery; their threshold is 350 microns while the international standard is 250 microns). Booked with them after their info guy gave me further info. $3300 including all follow up appointments (after a $500 discount for a referral).

Had Dr. Holland at Pacific Eye. He's really nice but said I wasn't a LASIK candidate and only PRK. $3100 + steroid drops that I'd need to be taking for 3-4 months (about $100-150 they said) + follow up appointments. Plus there's the contact lens "bandages" that need to be worn for 4-5 days and the week you need to take off work.

I chose London Eye for the Intralase SBK procedure, which uses a laser to cut the flap instead of a keratome blade. Recovery time is 1-3 days. PRK would have taken a week at least so the cost to me was negligible (time is money!) Getting it done in August.
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I am saying no I don't think it is in degrees at all, you can be -10.00 it isn't 1000 degrees. I would say it is more just a measurement of how far away from perfect vision you are. I am not an eye dr, so that's probably the best I can explain it. Maybe someone else will know better.
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i have very bad vision about -9 both eyes. Did anyone use to have horrible site like me and gotten prk done?
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i have very bad vision about -9 both eyes. Did anyone use to have horrible site like me and gotten prk done?
Dude. We are not laser eye experts. Go for a consultation.
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Hey guys, do you have referrals? I plan on taking my mom to do a few consultation soon. Also any updates on how your surgery went and how are your eyes now?
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Hey guys, do you have referrals? I plan on taking my mom to do a few consultation soon. Also any updates on how your surgery went and how are your eyes now?
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Went with Coal Harbour because I liked their staff and facility. Didn't see Dr.Kirzner as much as I was lead to believe (the only time I saw him was during surgery) and one of the sales made it sound like he also does followup. All consultations, followup was done by his staff, but they seem experienced and know what they are doing. Overall experience was good and would recommend.

Did PRK - Surgery was quick and painless, less than 10 minutes and I had no recovery pain/time. I hear this is not the case for everyone that does PRK though(they prescribed lorazepam and eye pain drops which I didn't have to use). I got my surgery done a month ago now, and apparently I can see 20/20 - I can read the last row on the charts. But I'm kind of sad because it is not completely crystal for me, and it is probably because of the residual astigmatism I have. I think everyone's recovery is a bit different depending on how thick your cornea is and how you heal. I'm going to give it another month and wait and see.

Overall it was one of the best decisions I have made and would recommend Coal harbor since they are pretty mid priced (cheapest I think is 499 per eye I've heard on the radio?, highest I've seen is 3-4k. Mine was 2k everything in) and Dr. Kirzner is one of the top surgeons.
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Another thing to consider is that Dr. Kirzner OWNS his own laser eye surgery practice. All those LASIK MD and London Place ones hire out.
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i have very bad vision about -9 both eyes. Did anyone use to have horrible site like me and gotten prk done?
i was -7.5, did PRK at London Eye Center. Best investment ever.
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Can somebody with high astigmastism prior to surgery chime in on whether or not it was completely removed after surgery? I can see 20/20, but things aren't "crystal clear" (slighly shaky/blurry)
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Can somebody with high astigmastism prior to surgery chime in on whether or not it was completely removed after surgery? I can see 20/20, but things aren't "crystal clear" (slighly shaky/blurry)
i didn't have "high" astigmatism, was around .75 in both eyes. After surgery was all gone and eyesight was like a hawk. 1.5 years later my astigmatism is back, haven't gotten it tested to see how much is back but seems less. However maybe because I'm not nearsighted anymore so it seems less than before. Same thing happened with my friend where her astigmatism came back after a couple of years.
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i didn't have "high" astigmatism, was around .75 in both eyes. After surgery was all gone and eyesight was like a hawk. 1.5 years later my astigmatism is back, haven't gotten it tested to see how much is back but seems less. However maybe because I'm not nearsighted anymore so it seems less than before. Same thing happened with my friend where her astigmatism came back after a couple of years.
Would you consider again surgery again to get back to the eyesight of right after surgery?
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