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LASIK anyone?

#1 Post by EatSleepFly » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:08 pm

Hi Avcanada,

Just wanted to get some feedback from those of you who had LASIK done. have Lasik scheduled for tentatively next year and would like feedback.

I got an evaluation from LASIK MD in Toronto. I have 30 days off for Vacation next year.

Has anyone had this done and have any suggestions would be great.

Thanks!
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#2 Post by Roar » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:25 pm

I had it done 15 years ago, best decision I ever made. I went from not being able to see the big E Uncorrected to 20/10 and am still 20/10 now. No side effects at all. The only advice I would have is to follow the after procedure instruction to the letter (never let your eyes get dried while they are healing)
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#3 Post by sanjet » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:12 pm

Make sure you discuss that with a aviation medical examiner or Transport Canada medical department before you do it. Good to back yourself up with the governing body.
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#4 Post by anofly » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:22 pm

Pay the extra for the " wavefront whatever" and dont go to a discount place.Have you been assessed? if you have thin corneas you may need the PRK and not the "flap" the prk takes longer to heal, and might actually leave your eye in better structural shape. The flaps have been known to open. do your reading, ask lots of questions!
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#5 Post by confusedalot » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:33 pm

sanjet wrote:Make sure you discuss that with a aviation medical examiner or Transport Canada medical department before you do it. Good to back yourself up with the governing body.
Good and valid advice.

I recall speaking to my doc about it (my eyesight has gone down lots with age, but I still pass with glasses), and he told me LASIK is no problem, BUT, you get grounded for three months???

Don't take this as any great truth, I really don't know for sure, best to talk to your doc though.
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#6 Post by North Shore » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:03 pm

Yes, glasses are a hassle, but I took the view that there are chances of side effects to the laser, and it would be just my luck to be the 1 in 100 guy who ended up with them - with possible detrimental effects to my career. So, no LASIk for me..
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#7 Post by spruceair » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:50 pm

North Shore wrote:Yes, glasses are a hassle, but I took the view that there are chances of side effects to the laser, and it would be just my luck to be the 1 in 100 guy who ended up with them - with possible detrimental effects to my career. So, no LASIk for me..
That was my conclusion as well.
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#8 Post by EatSleepFly » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:20 pm

It's only 30 days now for TC. Would love to hear more from anyone who has done it in recent times.

They have apparently come a far way with night vision issues
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#9 Post by confusedalot » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:02 pm

Good then if it is only 30 days down time.

In that case, I would say it is a serious option. I do have an acquaintance of mine who did it well over 18 years ago and has had no problems since. Fly's a big plane.
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#10 Post by lostaviator » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:30 pm

Had PRK done about 10 years ago. I chose PRK over Lasik due to sports, etc. There is always a change of that flap dislodging.

Also... Not sure if they have changed, but please shop around. As great as the Lasik MD ad's sound for 499 an eye (or whatever), ask yourself why they are so cheap compared to others in your market. They harassed me for months after my consult like a used car sales man asking when I was going to book my surgery. I ended up paying way more (way way more) once I found out Lasik MD bought their laser second hand from the doctor I ended up going to because he had upgraded to the new model. They are your eyes, don't cheap out.
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#11 Post by cap41 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:54 am

I think the biggest issue is age, If you are younger 20s mid 30s i think its a great option. As you get older, the impact of the surgery seems to lessen. I had a consult last year, they fixed the distance perfectly. However up close / reading would have been slightly worse. I would still require reading glasses. Might as well keep the glasses. My vision was not all that bad. I have prescription glasses, however I don not need to wear them 24/7 just night driving, and some reading. age:47
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#12 Post by Tips Up » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:51 am

North Shore wrote:Yes, glasses are a hassle, but I took the view that there are chances of side effects to the laser, and it would be just my luck to be the 1 in 100 guy who ended up with them - with possible detrimental effects to my career. So, no LASIk for me..

Same here. Colleague of mine had it done. Complication. Rare but he couldn't continue in his career. Glasses are easy.
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#13 Post by guyfullofrage » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:06 am

lostaviator wrote:Had PRK done about 10 years ago. I chose PRK over Lasik due to sports, etc. There is always a change of that flap dislodging.

Also... Not sure if they have changed, but please shop around. As great as the Lasik MD ad's sound for 499 an eye (or whatever), ask yourself why they are so cheap compared to others in your market. They harassed me for months after my consult like a used car sales man asking when I was going to book my surgery. I ended up paying way more (way way more) once I found out Lasik MD bought their laser second hand from the doctor I ended up going to because he had upgraded to the new model. They are your eyes, don't cheap out.

If the flap becomes dislodged, your head has probably come off so the flap thing will be the least of your worries.........

I had it done 15 years ago..... still better than 20/20...... best money I have ever spent!
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#14 Post by HiFlyChick » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:10 pm

I had a friend who had it done sometime around 10 years ago and her vision became much worse and no longer correctable with glasses. She eventually took the chance to have it corrected, but the possibility of going blind was a very real risk and she had to really agonize over it (but was I believe at the point where she wasn't legally blind but couldn't drive). If flying is a hobby, well, you could conceivably have to get a new hobby; if it's your livelihood, I personally wouldn't risk it. I know there are enough things to worry about with my medical as I age without going out and risking creating problems....
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#15 Post by nohojob » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:07 pm

Same, losing my medical means not being able to support a family of 5. Although i would love to live without glasses i'd rather not take a chance.
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#16 Post by speedah » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:39 pm

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#17 Post by RatherBeFlying » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:13 pm

I would want to find out about long term complications.

Some employers will not hire candidates who have had laser refractive surgery.

That said, intra ocular lens implants are sometimes done for younger people with serious myopia.

IOLs are common for treatment of cataracts once people hit their sixties. I'm about to get one.
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#18 Post by Driving Comet » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:45 am

RatherBeFlying wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:13 pm
I would want to find out about long term complications.

Some employers will not hire candidates who have had laser refractive surgery.

That said, intra ocular lens implants are sometimes done for younger people with serious myopia.

IOLs are common for treatment of cataracts once people hit their sixties. I'm about to get one.
Who will not hire someone because they've have refractive surgery?
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#19 Post by RatherBeFlying » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:16 pm

A couple decades ago I heard that AC was one such employer. Their policy may have changed, but I'd want to check first
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#20 Post by omgwereallgoingtodie » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:42 am

Had it done two years ago. Went for the all singing , all dancing all laser wavefront doo-hickey
Cost just shy of 5k, worth every penny. could see 20/20 as soon as I sat up after the surgery. Vision stabilised at 20/20 within a week
no side effects, the laser procedure itself took approx 30 seconds per eye. was actually rather interesting to experience

After one month my optometrist filled in a form for TC and one for driving license people.
Got my medical back with no vision restrictions on it before i got my D/L back

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#21 Post by EatSleepFly » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:47 pm

Awesome. Did you do it with LasikMD or another company?
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#22 Post by omgwereallgoingtodie » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:02 am

I went to Crystal Clear vision in Yorkville Toronto,

few reasons i picked them over Lasik MD

1) my optometrist knew the surgeon personally, they'd been in university together
2) they didn't even attempt a "bait and switch" with the price, a lot of places advertise "from $300 per eye" but that's the basic, scalpel and non wavefront. Crystal clear only do the more expensive kind and even have the price on their website
3) the guy doing mine literally wrote the textbook on the form of LASIK i had
4) they allowed my aftercare to be done by my own optometrist, who is a lot more conveniently placed for me to get to

If LASIK MD works for you then go for it, my optometrist was also willing to do me a referral to them as well if I picked them
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#23 Post by FlyGuy1678 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:52 am

Make sure you consult with your aviation medical examiner before hand, but I can say that it's the best decision I ever made. I used LASIK MD. As long as you follow the post procedure instructions you're golden. Well worth the money. -Bradley
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