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#1 Gonzo the Face

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Posted 2010-08-29 09:54:18

Did a search for laser eye surgery and got nothing.

Anyone have laser eye surgery done in Chiang Mai , and any comments or recommendations.

Thanks

Gonzo

#2 LindsayBKK

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Posted 2010-08-29 10:18:11

Sorry but i have no names to give you only a warning.
My Partner is a doctor, he still wears glasses and does not recommend people
get laser surgery as it is not permanent.
He had a female work friend who had it done, she had complications.Blurred vision.
It's just like teeth whitening, not forever.


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Edited by LindsayBKK, 2010-08-29 10:19:53.


#3 alfieconn

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Posted 2010-08-29 11:52:10

Sorry but i have no names to give you only a warning.
My Partner is a doctor, he still wears glasses and does not recommend people
get laser surgery as it is not permanent.
He had a female work friend who had it done, she had complications.Blurred vision.
It's just like teeth whitening, not forever.


Read here
Or Search Here


i had mine done 7 tears :D ago and still fine but this was done in London i might add, how long is permanent Lindsay ?
Gonzo, i would go for a specialist hospital in Bangkok rather than a franchised clinic somewhere, can't be to carefull when dealing with your eyes ;) .
Alfie

PS All this help iv'e given you lately must entitle me to a free desert :D

#4 Tywais

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Posted 2010-08-29 12:08:49

You might check this facility > TRSC International Lasik Center. They used to have a branch in Chiang Mai.

#5 CMX

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Posted 2010-08-29 12:13:23

Sorry not to have suggestions regarding the local area. Because health is an urgent topic, I venture away a bit from who to an alert; also, single examples are statistically useless. Still:

My brother had it done in the States just 18 months ago. Spared no research or expense.

One eye has been blurred from the outset and cannot be corrected. Moreover, he has a dickens of a time balancing out corrective lenses, this way and that.

The procedure is not at all certain of success (I read, when away from hucksters and providers).

In my case, I wore glasses until cataracts developed, did that, and now have a balanced eyesight (decided on distant vision for both eyes) and now can buy cheap standard reading glasses and "computer range" ones as well - a nuisance, but I like where I am (as low as 35 baht in the States, plus airfare).

See you sooner or later - (raining again, drip, drip).

Edited by CMX, 2010-08-29 12:15:42.


#6 uptheos

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Posted 2010-08-29 12:23:45

Personally, I would pay to have a consultation (chat) with someone like Dr Rachada at Ram and go armed with all your questions about laser surgery.
I'm sure she would give you honest answers re the pros and cons and point you in the right direction.

#7 justmaybe

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Posted 2010-08-29 13:09:09

It might depend on how bad your vision is. Mine was dreadful. I had LASIK (trusting that's the laser surgery in question) 12 years ago and it dramatically changed the quality of my life for the better. That was in the States, but I would expect the good hospitals in BKK would have newer generation equipment than they used on me and at a much lower cost. I agree with the recommendation to stay away from cut-rate clinics anywhere simply because one way they often cut costs is to have an assembly line... one person for the initial exam and measurement, one for the procedure, and one for the follow-up. I used an opthamologist who handled every step (and of course that made it more expensive).

Statistically, I'm sure there are cases where the results don't satisfy. Practically, I can count a dozen friends who've had it done, even a couple who had transient effects such as starring at night or blurriness but those resolved quickly and they all would do it again in a heartbeat. The odds of being unlucky are pretty small, I would think.

As to it not lasting forever, after the first ten years or more I did notice maybe a little more nearsightedness at night, not enough that I've ever used or felt a need for glasses for distance. I do have low magnification reading glasses (1.25), but actually had an unexpected and unpromised five year reprieve from those.

It's a shame if it's not available in Chiang Mai but could be well worth taking the day to go to BKK.

FWIW, I've also had my teeth whitened and wouldn't consider doing it again. In my own case it was painful and assuredly a waste of money for a short-term effect. Others I've known have loved it. But I personally can't fathom putting that sort of transient cosmetic procedure in the same category as LASIK.

#8 uptheos

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Posted 2010-08-29 13:47:48

I would do a LOT of research before having laser eye surgery!

#9 Thakkar

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Posted 2010-08-29 17:19:49

There is an eye hospital just across the highway from Lotus Kamthieng, a pink building. I went in there to ask the doctors about this. It isn't expensive, but I forget the price.

I backed out of it after talking to some people. I learned that it's a simple procedure and there's little chance of complications. However it *is* surgery and there is always some possibility of complications— something like 1 in 100,000 assuming your doctor is properly competent and qualified. I hasten to add that a lot of these complications can be corrected later.

As low as the risks are, we are talking about eyes here; it's not about losing a finger or two. I decided that unless I'm in a life-threatening situation, why take any risk with my eyes?

#10 LindsayBKK

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Posted 2010-08-29 22:06:29

i had mine done 7 tears :D ago and still fine but this was done in London i might add, how long is permanent Lindsay ?


I think longer than 7 tears
Judging by your spelling mistakes maybe you should get them checked again.

Edited by LindsayBKK, 2010-08-29 22:07:35.


#11 CMX

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Posted 2010-08-29 22:34:26

Of course Lasik eye surgery is not permanent. Many of us have eyes that will change as we age; corneas are not solid and permanent. Eyeglass prescriptions change too. Then we get bifocals. Then we get trifocals. Then we become just like our parents, and then we go on to making smaller and smaller carbon footprints.

#12 elektrified

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Posted 2010-08-29 23:02:21

Maybe try Rutnin Eye Hospital http://www.rutnin.co...html/about.html

The best! (But I've not had laser surgery there myself)

#13 alfieconn

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Posted 2010-08-30 13:16:23

i had mine done 7 tears :D ago and still fine but this was done in London i might add, how long is permanent Lindsay ?


I think longer than 7 tears
Judging by your spelling mistakes maybe you should get them checked again.


I'm sorry that you didn't get the joke.
You still havn't answered the question ;)

Edited by alfieconn, 2010-08-30 13:21:21.


#14 elektrified

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Posted 2010-08-30 13:32:43

Maybe try Rutnin Eye Hospital http://www.rutnin.co...html/about.html

The best! (But I've not had laser surgery there myself)

Sorry Gonzo I know this place is not in Chiang Mai but this is the best place in Thailand.

#15 mazd2

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Posted 2011-10-15 17:32:14

Heard of this

Edited by mazd2, 2011-10-15 17:33:20.


#16 ricklev

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Posted 2011-10-16 11:16:42

My lasik resulted in severe dry eyes causing intense discomfort for a couple of years.

Nobody can really understand what they are risking until they suffer the injury; until then it's just words on a piece of paper.

The overwhelming majority have no problem and the surgery is a success. A very small minority that lose the lottery suffer a serius and severe injury to their quality of life.

Edited by ricklev, 2011-10-16 11:19:23.


#17 hellodolly

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Posted 2011-10-16 14:29:05

My lasik resulted in severe dry eyes causing intense discomfort for a couple of years.

Nobody can really understand what they are risking until they suffer the injury; until then it's just words on a piece of paper.

The overwhelming majority have no problem and the surgery is a success. A very small minority that lose the lottery suffer a serius and severe injury to their quality of life.


So you are saying it worked it just took a couple of years for the discomfort to stop.
For a blind man that would be like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

#18 infernalman7

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Posted 2011-10-16 19:18:54

Well, I also would recommend you to do a lot of research before consulting the doctor.

The effectiveness and result really depends on how bad your eye sight is. I got mine done with Dr. Ekkatet, the owner of TRSC just a few months ago. He performed surgery on 25% of all laser surgery cases in Thailand. On the other hand, TRSC has more than half the market share of all the cases done in Thailand.

There's a clinic in Chiang Mai that would do a pre-surgery check for you then book you in at TRSC.

#19 ricklev

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Posted 2011-10-16 19:54:30


My lasik resulted in severe dry eyes causing intense discomfort for a couple of years.

Nobody can really understand what they are risking until they suffer the injury; until then it's just words on a piece of paper.

The overwhelming majority have no problem and the surgery is a success. A very small minority that lose the lottery suffer a serius and severe injury to their quality of life.


So you are saying it worked it just took a couple of years for the discomfort to stop.
For a blind man that would be like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


That's exactly what I mean. Until you have experienced the pain and intense discomfort of severe dry eyes you just minimize it, relegate it to the status of minor irritant, and then make your decision to accept the risk.......

Of course if the option is blindness it's a no brainer, but if the option is glasses or contacts, might want to think about it.

But whatever, I'm just posting to help the OP make an informed decision.

Edited by ricklev, 2011-10-16 20:13:33.


#20 ricklev

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Posted 2011-10-16 19:58:12

Well, I also would recommend you to do a lot of research before consulting the doctor.

The effectiveness and result really depends on how bad your eye sight is. I got mine done with Dr. Ekkatet, the owner of TRSC just a few months ago. He performed surgery on 25% of all laser surgery cases in Thailand. On the other hand, TRSC has more than half the market share of all the cases done in Thailand.

There's a clinic in Chiang Mai that would do a pre-surgery check for you then book you in at TRSC.



I second that recommendation. I had my Lasik at Bumrangrad and then worked with Dr. Ektet at TRSC regarding my dry eye problem. He is a fine doctor and the clinic he created is excellent in every respect!

Edited by ricklev, 2011-10-16 20:14:57.






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