Corrective Eye Surgery 2- my experiences

SO, What better place is it to do my surgery than Korea the land of Corrective Surgeries.

Per year, for example, there are about 150,000 refractive surgery patients in Korea, which is about 0.3% of the population, he said. By comparison, about 1.4 million refractive surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2007, or about 0.5% of the U.S. population then. South Korea is, if not at the same refractive surgery level yet, closing in fast on the U.S. in terms of this percentage.

While checking for a Suitable Clinic online, this is what I have found:

Pricing of Refractive Eye Surgery in SINGAPORE vs Pricing of Refractive Eye Surgery in KOREA
From an Average Range of
$3500-$4500 SGD in Singapore vs in Korea $1200-$1800 SGD

It is a HUGE price differences!!

The following table shows a guide to LASIK Singapore price and cost.
The prices reflected here serves only as a guide as the final pricing at the different clinics depend on many factors, such as the condition of your eye, the seniority of the Doctor, medications, type of laser eye surgery, type of excimer laser etc..

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 11.19.55 pm

Also note that the pricing only takes into account the cost of LASIK surgery itself.
Follow up consultation post-LASIK is not included in this pricing.
Pricing Googled and found on: http://lasiksingaporeguide.com/lasik-singapore-price-cost/

Other fellow Foreigners who have made a similar decision as I did, to do their Lasik in Korea.
http://awaywithlily.com/lasik-eye-surgery-in-korea/
http://mollyjustintime.blogspot.sg/2011/06/laser-eye-surgery-in-korea.html

With the help of my friends in Korea, we decided on the EyeDream Eye Clinic 아이드림안과!

 

The EyeDream Eye Clinic 아이드림안과 AhYiDeuRimAnGwa

Address: 강남구테헤란로 87길 17, 202 (삼성동,마젤란21아스테리움) Seoul, Korea
          GangNam-District TyeHyeRan-Road 87Street 17,202 
          (SamSorngDong, MaJyelRan 21 AhSeuTyeRiUm) Seoul, Korea
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EYEDREAMEYECENTER
Website: http://www.eyedreams.co.kr

The EyeDream Eye Clinic 아이드림안과 is a reputable Refractive Eye Clinic in Seoul. Not only have Dr. Yun done numerous amount of such procedures, he have been featured on many reputable News and Media, visited by many Celebrities and Locals alike.

IMG_8684It has more than 10 years of experience, with its business running in 압구정 (ApGuJeong) 10 years before, it has now reopened in Samseong dong (삼성동), opposite the Express bus terminal.
The Clinic specialise in Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK, LASEK), Cataract, and Presbyopia.

 

My Surgery

After all this countless process of researching and searching for a suitable clinic, finally it is time for me to go to the clinic and get my eyes checked prior to the surgery!

The clinic, wasn’t very big, but very clean, white and had everything it needed.
Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.23.17 pm

CHECK UP
Dr. Yu had my medical history evaluated and my eyes examined.
The initial tests include measuring corneal thickness, refraction, corneal mapping, air pressure, and pupil dilation.
It was through this tests, that the doctor found that my eyes was unsuitable for Lasik, my Cornea too Thin and thus Lasek was more suitable.

Most people have LASIK because there is a much faster recovery and much less discomfort in the days following the surgery. LASEK was designed as an alternative to LASIK and is the recommended option for people with thinner corneas and people prone to dry eyes.

As I have mentioned in my previous post, the basic difference between surgeries is this:
With LASIK, the surgeon cuts a flap in the cornea, uses a laser to reshape the cornea under the flap, and then closes the flap. Most patients can see perfectly within a day and there’s minimal pain.
With LASEK (my surgery), the surgeon removes only the very very top layer of the cornea, the epithelium (actually it’s not removed, it’s just loosened and folded out of the way), and the laser reshapes the top/outside of the cornea. The epithelium is then put back into place and a bandage contact lens is inserted in the eyes for 3 days until the outer eyeball heal. The recovery time is about four days and it’s a lot more painful and uncomfortable (however, it should be ok with painkillers and sleeping pills! I had non but I survived!). Vision will mostly improved within a week, but it usually take months to reach optimal results.
There are very few risks to either kind of surgery, though LASIK has a minimally more (due to the LASIK flap, which can get dislodged).
Reference from http://mollyjustintime.blogspot.sg/2011/06/laser-eye-surgery-in-korea.html

Scheduling my Appointment for the procedure, I was to STOP the usage of Contact Lenses immediately and to use an eyedrops prescribed constantly for the next few days, as contacts can alter the natural shape of our cornea.
Though I can’t say I didn’t face any difficulty communicating with the nurses, Dr. Yu the eye surgeon however could speak relatively good English!

Full INFORMATION on the Full PROCEDURE on what to do, before, during and after the surgery: http://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/lasik.htm

The Operation

On THE DAY.
My surgery was schedule at 10.30am on a Monday morning. I woke up groggy and sleepy having stayed over at my dear friend Alexis’s place for the night. (Don’t do what I did! Sleep EARLY and well the day prior to the Surgery!)

She was so nice to, not only help to be sure than everything would be smooth for me, but also accompanied me to the Doctor and help with all the translations!

IMG_6093DI

DURING
The start of the surgery begun with the numbing anaesthetic drops, first applied to the eyes 10 minutes before the surgery. Entering the operating room, I was told to lay down on the operating bed and stare at a blinking light.
green-flashThe blinking light was to help fix the eye’s gaze at a position during the surgery. (They can’t possibly have us moving our eyes around when laser-ing it!) Then the doctor clamped had my eye clamped. I was a bit surprise then. Oh I could actually see the whole surgery! I have never thought about that :O I was indeed wondering too on how do they actually keep the eye open. I just did not think of it being literally an actual clamp.. It was just too weird for me to think much really. I wasn’t worried, wasn’t anxious. I was just trying my best to be as normal as possible. lol.

On another hand, Dr. Yu was constantly checking to see if I was ok. He was also constantly informing me of the steps he was taking before every move. “Ok, Now I am going to start.” Said Dr. Yu.

A circular cut was made in the corneal epithelium using a fine blade (trephine). All I could see was a metal stick. I could feel it on my eye, but only so gently. Nope I don’t feel any pain nor discomfort. All that was going through my head was, I can’t see the Blinking light now! As I was told to do so.
The trephine leaves a small arc-shaped area of the circle uncut, so the epithelial “flap” that’s created remains attached to the eye. Then, a diluted alcohol solution is placed over the eye for approximately 30 seconds, loosening the edges of the epithelium and enable the surgeon to gently push the loosened flap of epithelium to the side.
It was after this that the excimer laser is then positioned over the eye to reshape the corneal stroma, correcting the vision.

Barely 5 minutes have got by and it was all done.
“Ok, done! Now just the other eye. You have been doing a very good job so far!” Dr. Yu commented, while repositioning the epithelial flap on my eye, placing the protective contact lens that acts as a protective bandage over my eye. Yes it does really look like a lens. The clamp was released and the procedure began for my left eye.

At the end of the surgery, I felt nothing much. Just that feeling that my eyes have been through a lot, but i could still slightly open my eyes though I was instructed not to. However, this feeling only last until I left the Clinic.

The actual discomfort was only beginning to start… Lol

IMG_6100

Straight after LASEK!

Post on similar during the LASEK experience: http://mollyjustintime.blogspot.sg/2011/06/laser-eye-surgery-in-korea.html

 

SUMMARY, there are many numerous reasons to why LASEK is a better choice. 
More Article regarding LASEK vs. LASIK can be found on:
http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2010/06/choosing-lasik-lasek-eye-surgery.html
http://www.webmd.boots.com/eye-health/guide/eye-health-lasek-laser-eye-surgery

  • LASIK
    • Pros: no pain, no recovery process, perfect sight right after the surgery
    • Cons: greater risks for problems post-surgery, if you have head-trauma later in life (i.e. contact sports, car accident, fight with your brother) it can cause permanently scarred vision because the laser goes through all layers of your eyes so the scars don’t completely heal (<<that being my non-medical understanding)
  • LASEK
    • Pros: very limited number of post-surgery risks and lower percentages in the risks it does have compared to LASIK, no risk of head trauma damaging your eyesight because the doctor physically cuts a layer of your eye before the laser is used–therefore it heals completely a.k.a. much more stable!
    • Cons: lots and lots and lots of pain (post-surgery; don’t worry, they numb your eyes for the cutting part!), slow recovery process

TO BE CONTINUED PART 3

Post Surgery Experiences

References:
 http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2010/03/147_61974.html
 http://mollyjustintime.blogspot.sg/2011/06/laser-eye-surgery-in-korea.html
 http://rachelshae.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/lasiklasek-in-korea-a-post-for-fellow-expats/
 http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2010/06/choosing-lasik-lasek-eye-surgery.html
 http://www.webmd.boots.com/eye-health/guide/eye-health-lasek-laser-eye-surgery
 http://www.qualsight.com/lasek-laser-eye-surgery
 http://www.webmd.boots.com/eye-health/guide/eye-health-lasek-laser-eye-surgery

 

Advertisements