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Old 03-07-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Vision Shaping Treatment q

Just wonderng if anyone has had it done and are currently in the process of this treatment.

I'm thinking on getting it but I would like some feedback from this community.

My questions are as followed.

Places that you've received treatment.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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Metrotown optometrist dr. herman shen, been in it for 8 years now, cost is if i recall a bit under $600? (not sure) and includes one year of checkup in the price.

From my experience, you get used to it, it doesn't really become a pain in the ass unless you have one of those really tired nights and you don't want to wake up and put it on (but I bet you'll regret it the next day). If you miss one night you're kinda screwed and can't really see that well the next day (driving during the day is fine, at night its on the borderline but don't do two days in a row if you're gona drive). But on the other hand, if you pull an all nighter, you're fine as long as you don't sleep during the day, your vision will stay corrected the whole day still (weird). The only thing I don't really like is if you miss the day, you can't really get glasses to help correct your vision that day cause your prescription changes throughout the day. Also if you want to opt out of this whole treatment, you have to not wear it for a whole month I believe. That means that you won't be able to see for about a whole month and you basically can't see well in class/at work if your vision is bad.

I personally recommend it, but if you're going to do it you have to commit to it for a long time and if you want to opt out, its kind of hard cause you have to find a time frame where you don't need to use your vision much. If you go through with it please keep your lenses clean because you're gona be stuck with them for a year, and if they become dirty or something you have to replace them which would cost you the original price.

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It sounds like you're referring to the OrthoK treatment, where you wear the lenses at night and take them off during the day.

I got mine from here: Dr. Lee Ortho-K Centre: Specializing in Orthokeratology, Post-Surgical Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Optometry. Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu were probably the first to practice this treatment and have over 20 years of experience with it. I'm not going to lie, their prices will reflect their experience; it is not cheap. They specialize in OrthoK and other hard contact lenses.

I have been on the treatment since 2004 and I love it. I thought about going the laser eye surgery route back when I started but I was just way too risk adverse to do it. You only have one set of eyes. I was also concerned about my eyes not being stable yet since I was just starting university and would be reading a lot. The one thing that sold me on it was the fact it could slow down the progression and even stop your near-sightedness from getting worse.

My vision was about -1.75 in both eyes when I started. I was able to see 20/15 after the treatment. I have worn it long enough to be able to skip a night if I wanted and do it every other night. My eyes have stayed the same and not changed over the last 9 years, the doctors suspect that my vision actually improved from the initial -1.75. I still do a lot of close-up work (I am an Accountant so I am in front of a computer all day) and my eyes are still fine.

Having said all that, there are some down sides to it. You do have to wear them every night for at least 6 hours, which may not work all the time depending on your lifestyle. If you forget, your vision will be blurry the next day depending your how fast your cornea reverts back to its original shape. You do have to clean them every morning to reduce the risk of eye infections. Risk of infection is the same as wearing soft lenses. If you go camping and can't clean them properly, you probably don't want to wear them for more than one day. I usually leave them at home and bring spare glasses to wear on the third day (second day is fine). They do recommend you replace the lenses periodically to reduce the risk of infection so there is additional cost (usually much less than the initial treatment cost).

Overall, I would recommend them to anyone that is considering corrective vision. Good luck. Feel free to ask any more questions.
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Thanks for your inputs. @ the_law82 and guess who.

My uncle is a family dr but he told me to go look for scientific articles on WEBMD and MayoClinic, because of the fact that he hasn't heard anything regarding this treatment.

I cant find anything reliable to show them that this procedure is safe and wont damage my eyes, even though there are trained specialist around Vancouver that have done it for over 20 years aka Dr. Lee's Ortho-K Centre.

My eye sight is pretty bad, left is -4.50 and right is -5.00.
I already wear contacts and I'm on my last pair. Dont really want to go for another eye check up and buy another pair of glasses and contacts.

I would need to provide them with adequate information on this. My mom is a skeptic, and doesnt believe unless she gets my uncle's okay. So what should I do?
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I've been with Dr. Lee (Ortho-k Centre) for around 10 years now if not longer and my sister was one of his first patients to do the ortho-k procedure. Everything the_law82 said is true, sometimes you can sleep w/o putting them on and your vision isn't affected (weird). After writing a 3hr exam or any exam really, your vision will degrade a bit because of the intensity of which you are using your eyes.

I've had zero issues with ortho-k and I whole recommend it to anyone that doesn't need laser. I can swim, run, and do any athletic activity without the fear of break my glasses or losing a contact lens. There are zero draw backs, except having to wear them every night. With laser, the draw backs are put-off until later years where you will almost always need glasses when you're older and if you decide to continue school again, your vision will decrease for sure (negating the point of laser in the first place, LOL).

I can recommend Dr. Lee, as my mom has referred many friends to him with great results.
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My buddy got his through Dr Chow from Keefer Place Eye Care clinic and he has been happy with them.

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Thanks for your inputs. @ the_law82 and guess who.

My uncle is a family dr but he told me to go look for scientific articles on WEBMD and MayoClinic, because of the fact that he hasn't heard anything regarding this treatment.

I cant find anything reliable to show them that this procedure is safe and wont damage my eyes, even though there are trained specialist around Vancouver that have done it for over 20 years aka Dr. Lee's Ortho-K Centre.

My eye sight is pretty bad, left is -4.50 and right is -5.00.
I already wear contacts and I'm on my last pair. Dont really want to go for another eye check up and buy another pair of glasses and contacts.

I would need to provide them with adequate information on this. My mom is a skeptic, and doesnt believe unless she gets my uncle's okay. So what should I do?
There isn't a lot of information because it isn't that popular and not easy to do it right, so optometrists tend to shy away from it. It is essentially a hard contact lens that is specially designed to shape your cornea at night. Perhaps try and find some information on risks for hard contact lens?

It's perfectly normal to be skeptical, especially for the prices Dr. Lee charges... lol. I took the leap of faith because I had a couple of friends that went with him and had great results, some who are still on the treatment from 10 years ago.
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