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Old 02-28-2014, 06:29 PM   #76
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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.
What age did you and your friend get the surgery done? I know they recommend to wait until you're 25+ since that's when your eyes settle and getting surgery done before that age can lead to your vision deteriorating.
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What age did you and your friend get the surgery done? I know they recommend to wait until you're 25+ since that's when your eyes settle and getting surgery done before that age can lead to your vision deteriorating.
got mine done at 27, she did hers at 23 i think
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Would you consider again surgery again to get back to the eyesight of right after surgery?
sorry, i'm having hard time understanding this haha. do you mean would I do it again to correct it further?

Yes if it gets super bad and it'll help. But my understanding is there's only a certain amount of times you can do laser eye before the cornea get's too thin for it. The thickness of the cornea doesn't grow back, so you can probably do it max 2 times forever it get's dangerous.
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Hey guys,

Sorry to bump an old thread but I couldnt find any other recent ones.

I'm considering TransPRK(no touch) at Pacific Laser and London Eye. Can anyone chime in with their experiences at these two places? Already went to the consultation at both. Now I'm torn between them.

Quoted 3100 @ Pacific Laser, meds covered through insurance, plus another 500 or so for post care
Quoted 2500 @ London Eye, all inclusive.

What do you guys think? Is the 1000 premium worth it? Im willing to pay, afterall these are my eyes. Or are they both reputable enough that it wouldn't matter where I got it done.

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Hey guys,

Sorry to bump an old thread but I couldnt find any other recent ones.

I'm considering TransPRK(no touch) at Pacific Laser and London Eye. Can anyone chime in with their experiences at these two places? Already went to the consultation at both. Now I'm torn between them.

Quoted 3100 @ Pacific Laser, meds covered through insurance, plus another 500 or so for post care
Quoted 2500 @ London Eye, all inclusive.

What do you guys think? Is the 1000 premium worth it? Im willing to pay, afterall these are my eyes. Or are they both reputable enough that it wouldn't matter where I got it done.

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Have you received a consultation at Coal Harbour Eye Center?

If you don't know already, all PRK procedures are the same and require no cut/touch. They are only trademarked for niche. The only difference will be the surgeon.

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just got mine done about two weeks ago at lasik md vision for $3,130 for their custom wavefront prk. cost also includes three eye exams after the first year
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Have you received a consultation at Coal Harbour Eye Center?

If you don't know already, all PRK procedures are the same and require no cut/touch. They are only trademarked for niche. The only difference will be the surgeon.
I thought there was a difference in procedure. One peels off the layer with chemicals and the other with a laser, but most places is with a laser now.

Hows coal harbour? ill look into it.

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just got mine done about two weeks ago at lasik md vision for $3,130 for their custom wavefront prk. cost also includes three eye exams after the first year
How are you feeling about it?
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vision is getting better and better each day, but things are still blurry

painful the first day, but it went away by the third. tears will just be rolling down your face uncontrollably

be sure to have someone with you for the first couple of days. thought i could tough it out, but it's definitely hard as you can't really open your eyes
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Hey guys,

Sorry to bump an old thread but I couldnt find any other recent ones.

I'm considering TransPRK(no touch) at Pacific Laser and London Eye. Can anyone chime in with their experiences at these two places? Already went to the consultation at both. Now I'm torn between them.

Quoted 3100 @ Pacific Laser, meds covered through insurance, plus another 500 or so for post care
Quoted 2500 @ London Eye, all inclusive.

What do you guys think? Is the 1000 premium worth it? Im willing to pay, afterall these are my eyes. Or are they both reputable enough that it wouldn't matter where I got it done.

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If you don't know already, all PRK procedures are the same and require no cut/touch. They are only trademarked for niche. The only difference will be the surgeon.
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I thought there was a difference in procedure. One peels off the layer with chemicals and the other with a laser, but most places is with a laser now.

Hows coal harbour? ill look into it.



How are you feeling about it?

I did mine at Coal Harbor and I would recommend it. It was cheaper than the other places and although you don't get to see the operating doctor until the day of surgery everyone there was friendly and knew what they were doing. Did hours of examination and everything was double checked day of. Did some research on my doc and he's supposed to be the best.
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I thought there was a difference in procedure. One peels off the layer with chemicals and the other with a laser, but most places is with a laser now.
From my understanding there's two methods, removal of the outer layers using chemicals (which then regrows) or cutting a flap (either by hand or using a laser). Personally I went with the laser cut flap as I saw lots of positives to it and it's the latest tech (but still around for long enough to be well proven) but everyones opinion will differ. It only hurt for a short while after surgery (which I slept though with some Gravol), and I was cleared to drive at the 24 hour follow up and cleared to work (lots of PC use) at 48.
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I went to lasik md a few years ago. $2500 with the check afterwards. I took a cab home myself after walking around Robson looking for one. I still remember watching the olympics and playing video games that night. The sleep that night was pretty bad cause it was so dry.

My fiancÚ is legally blind with -11 or some crazy amount. getting it done was probably one of the best decisions Weve ever made. If you're holding off for something better in the future, you're just wasting your time. Of course technology is going to get better overtime but I've heard nothing but good things about getting lasik. The horror stories are probably 1 in 100,000 and it ain't even that bad
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Just want to clarify for some of you guys after reading the last couple of posts. PRK does not involve cutting any flap, the laser reshapes the outer layer of the eye by removing layers which are xx microns thick. Lasik involves cutting the outer flap, that's the all I know about Lasik.

I had PRK at London Eye about 7-8 years ago, best decision i've ever made. Was happy to the point my wife went there this year to have the procedure done. Also, price had nothing to do with my decision, in fact London was one of the more expensive places when I had it done. I would never let something like price dictate something as critical as eye surgery.
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I thought there was a difference in procedure. One peels off the layer with chemicals and the other with a laser, but most places is with a laser now.

Hows coal harbour? ill look into it.
ALL PRK procedures are the same, they take off a very thin layer of your eye with a laser. LASIK requires cutting with a surgical knife. To each their own which one's better.

All the PRK procedures with copyright names such as NO-TOUCH, NO-CUT PRK, etc. are all the same, they try to differentiate their procedures with fancy names, so they can set different prices.

I had consultations at London Eye Place Centre, Pacific and Coal Harbour. I went with Coal Harbour as I felt they were the most professional (staff-wise), their consultation was lengthy and thorough. They tested me with 6-8 different equipment, and the doctor is one of the best, if not, the best. At the time, price-wise, they were on middle-ground compared to Lasik MD (cheapest) and Pacific ($4000). It's been 6 years for me, no complaints here, best investment in my health ever.
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^ Not quite right, PRK is the removal of the layer using an alcohol solution or a tool, LASIK creates a flap using either a microkeratome (by hand) or a femtosecond laser (controlled by a computer). PRK vs LASIK depends on the person, but I think having the laser cut the flap is better.

There's also LASEK, but I think that's mainly used if you can't have PRK or LASIK for whatever reason.
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Just want to add a note to Laser Eye Surgery. If you are born with any issue with your eyes (such as myself). Doesn't matter who is doing the Laser Eye Surgery for you, it doesn't really help. Been seeing my eye specalist every year and he always tells me Laser Eye Surgery won't do much for me since I was born this way........
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Just want to add a note to Laser Eye Surgery. If you are born with any issue with your eyes (such as myself). Doesn't matter who is doing the Laser Eye Surgery for you, it doesn't really help. Been seeing my eye specalist every year and he always tells me Laser Eye Surgery won't do much for me since I was born this way........
Well I have an eye condition that was told during my consultation that it would not be fixed with laser eye correction, so that will usually be discussed initially.
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Is there still a referral discount to London Eye or Coal Harbour?
There is a $500 referral discount at London.

Did Intralase SBK there about 5 years ago. First few hours were tough (felt like there was sand constantly in your eyes) but just slept it off. No pain after the nap. Able to drive the next day after the checkup.
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Any recent personal stories?

In the start of my research.

I have -6.00 ish eyes, and they've been stable for quite some time now.

PRK with Coal harbour or Pacific laser. Leaning towards Pacific Laser since it's the most preferred/go to place. Don't want to cheap out on a crucial procedure right?

Jayech? you still here? How'd it go?
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Any recent personal stories?

In the start of my research.

I have -6.00 ish eyes, and they've been stable for quite some time now.

PRK with Coal harbour or Pacific laser. Leaning towards Pacific Laser since it's the most preferred/go to place. Don't want to cheap out on a crucial procedure right?

Jayech? you still here? How'd it go?
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What about pre-surgery feeling and procedure sharing? My uncle scaried me that surgeron will anesthesia my eye ball with a needle, so my eyes won't move, what is that all about?
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^ they use drops to numb it, not a needle. 5 mins on Google should answer all those kinds of questions.

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I was at -6.25/-4.75 with -1.25 astigmatism in both and I think I'm something like -0.25/0 now. My aunt was at something like -10 and had to wear glasses and contacts and she's at something like -1.5 now.
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