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post #1 of 9
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Has anyone gotten lasik done on their eyes recently? Share your experience please!

 

I live in LA and I did some research and found two doctors that I'm considering ATM.

 

1. Korean doctor http://www.yelp.com/biz/paul-c-lee-md-los-angeles $1,200-$2,000

 

2. American doctor http://www.yelp.com/biz/maloney-vision-institute-los-angeles-2 ~$6,500

 

I found the Korean doctor through yelp (lol I know) and he has very positive reviews. And obviously he is a lot cheaper.

 

Now the second doctor is probably the best Lasik surgeon in LA or close to it. He has much better credentials than the Korean doctor (Harvard, John Hopkins) and a LOT of celebrities and athletes go to him.

 

I'm thinking, if I'm stuck with one pair of eyes for the rest of my life, why the hell would I not go to the best doctor there is? However Lasik has been around for a while so maybe there really isn't much of a difference between the two places.

 

What do you guys think?

post #2 of 9
I cannot vouch for either procedure as I had PRK done years back. You might want to do a search on the forum, there was (i believe) a substantial thread about this subject which went in depth on the different procedures...
post #3 of 9
There's probably a happy medium between the 2....

I did find it interesting that on Dr. Lee's page, he listed the undergrad (UCLA), med school (UCSD), and fellowship (Tulane), but not his residency...that's a really interesting gap to have.
post #4 of 9
When I did Lasik, I went to the most respected doctor in town. He was the guy who did the eyes of many of the Denver Broncos. He was more expensive. I didn't care. I've only got one pair of eyes. Worked out great. A guy I know had his done in Canada because it was a lot cheaper. Did not work out so well for him. (problems with night vision, dry eyes, etc.)
post #5 of 9

I had Lasik (specifically, the Zyoptix procedure) done nearly four years ago. I have 20/20 vision and consider it the best investment I've ever made, bar none. If you've never woken up and been unable to read your alarm clock across the room, you probably can't understand the difference in the quality of your life that something like this makes.

 

However, it is still an elective surgical procedure that carries risks and the decision to do it should not be taken lightly. If things go awry, Very Bad Things can happen. To your eyes. I can't stress this enough.

 

As for me, I occasionally have very slight haloing around point-source lights at night, when my eyes are tired, but it's still far better than the vision I had at night after wearing daily-disposable contact lenses for 16 hours. Otherwise, it's fantastic. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.

 

dgsdm, what kind of prescription do you have right now?

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by TheMangelo View Post

I had Lasik (specifically, the Zyoptix procedure) done nearly four years ago. I have 20/20 vision and consider it the best investment I've ever made, bar none. If you've never woken up and been unable to read your alarm clock across the room, you probably can't understand the difference in the quality of your life that something like this makes.

 

However, it is still an elective surgical procedure that carries risks and the decision to do it should not be taken lightly. If things go awry, Very Bad Things can happen. To your eyes. I can't stress this enough.

 

As for me, I occasionally have very slight haloing around point-source lights at night, when my eyes are tired, but it's still far better than the vision I had at night after wearing daily-disposable contact lenses for 16 hours. Otherwise, it's fantastic. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.

 

dgsdm, what kind of prescription do you have right now?

 

I think both my eyes are around -4.25. The thing is I wear hearing aids and having to wear both glasses AND hearing aids is terrible. I can't wear contacts for extended periods of time because of dry eyes, etc so I would imagine lasik would improve my quality of life immensely. 

 

Anyways I found this for Maloney: http://www.kathygriffin.net/lasik.php

 

This doctor might be good but honestly to me he seems kind of cocky and doesn't give a good vibe from what I've found online. Kind of shows that paying $6000+ doesn't necessarily mean you're getting the best service.

 

Found a different doctor in LA who treated celebrities, athletes, and some guy who played for the Lakers: http://www.yelp.com/biz/caster-eye-center-medical-group-beverly-hills

 

My instincts tell me Caster is better than Maloney but I believe it's $6,000 for both eyes and $100 for a consultation ):

 

I haven't gone in for consultations yet but I'm planning on visiting at least 3 places before making a decision. But I'm leaning towards the first doctor (Korean guy) which I'm guessing will cost $2000 for both eyes. I know it's my eyes but I get the feeling that the first doctor wouldn't be much of a difference from the new doctor I just mentioned. 

 

I reaaaaally don't want to pay $100 for a consultation but I think I should just so I can get a feel for the places then make a decision from there.

post #7 of 9
I need this surgery. I'm practically blind without my contacts, which are extended wear and so I wear them pretty much 24/7. Yes, I know, bad for my eyes.

I'm -8.75 / -8.50 with astigmatism frown.gif.
post #8 of 9
Dude, when you're getting eye surgery, you don't want service. You want someone who's done a million of them and never has complications.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by WhateverYouLike View Post

Dude, when you're getting eye surgery, you don't want service. You want someone who's done a million of them and never has complications.

 

Of course, sorry let me clarify. I meant service as in the actual procedure and amount of care and dedication given by the doctor before during and after the surgery and any followups that are needed. So basically the entire package. 

 

Like I think having the doctor walk you through and explain the steps through the entire process from initial consultation to surgery to followups would be a good indicator of good service. Having an initial consultation and seeing the doctor for the first time on your surgery day etc etc would be bad.


Edited by dgsdm - 4/22/13 at 8:57pm
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