laser eye surgery : Gay & Black Glossary

*0-9ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ (all)
The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency, e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees… CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser and Java version 1.8, preferably 1.8.0_102. If you can’t see the prices in your local currency, Troubleshoot. Use Firefox for best results.

laser eye surgery
Since there is such a premium on looks and youth in the gay world, some may consider laser eye surgery to remove the need for glasses. Surgery is considerably cheaper (less than half the cost) and more advanced in Canada than the USA. There are three main types of procedure:
  1. LASIK (Laser-in-Situ Keratomileusis) surgery temporarily removes a flap covering the eye then the eye is reshaped using a laser. Recovery is one day. According to the 2000 issue of Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society, LASIK is preferable to PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratectomy) except when the cornea is too thin. There is less pain, faster healing and less chance of corneal scarring.
  2. PRK PRK burns off the outer layer and hence takes longer to recover. It is used when the cornea is too thin to remove a flap, or when the eye surface is irregular.
  3. Refractive IOL (Intraocular Lens) is mostly non-laser procedure. Used to avoid complications, e.g. halos, from burning away too much of the eye in laser surgery for the severely myopic (over -9.5, near sighted, can only see up close) or hyperopic (far sighted, can only see far away). A surgical procedure inserts a corrective lens inside the eye to augment and correct the natural one. This is more costly than laser surgery, but the advantage is you have a better chance of full correction. It cannot correct astigmatism, but the technique is compatible with fine tuning using LASIK or PRK.
Unfortunately, the information I have found on the relative risks and benefits of PRK versus LASIK is contradictory.

Some companies refuse to do laser eye surgery on HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus) + people. I originally considered getting the procedure done myself so that I can drive without glasses, ride a bike in the rain and dance.

I currently wear bifocals that also correct for cross-eyedness. Afterwards, I will still would need glasses for reading or using my computer. It would not help the cross-eyedness. Unfortunately, it can take three months for eyes to stabilise after the procedure. I would have to make to with temporary reading lenses during that time. I would have to purchase several cheap pairs from a drugstore until my eyes settled. Since I could still not see without glasses, there is not much point.

Check carefully to see what the price includes and how much the extras are. Prices are highly influenced by local competition. Prices shown are for Vancouver. They will be higher in smaller centres.

These places sometimes go out of business overnight leaving customers stranded. Make sure they have been around a long time.

Website Email Phone Total Cost
for Both
Eyes
$0.00 USD
Notes
ClearlyLasik out of business (877) 551-2020 secret West coast of USA and Canada. Oddly, on July 4, they used to give free procedures to war criminals.
IconLasik contact (866) 454-4858 $500.00 USD to  $1800.00 USD per eye. bought out by Denver CO company.
Lasik MD contact (866) 961·2020 $490.00 CAD LASIK Canadian. Offer zero-compression keratome.
Lasik Vision out of business (888) 673·3937 $1400.00 CAD LASIK/PRK Downloadable PDF (Portable Document Format) document that goes into great technical detail, including all the possible complications. Clinics across Canada. Now bought by Laser MD.
Gimbel cgy-info@gimbel.com or edm-info@gimbel.com (888) 984·2020 $2400.00 CAD - $3000.00 CAD LASIK/PRK Pay extra if you want Dr. Gimbel himself to do the procedure. Sites in Canada, the US, Beijing and Bangkok. Visually stunning website. Also do IOL and cornea ring implants and various other procedures.
Gronchmal contact (410) 744·5310 Must ask for a quote. Located in Maryland, USA.
London Eye Clinic contact (877) 234·7483 $1500.00 CAD PRK Whiz bang website, like a video game. Great fun. Requires Shockwave. BC Canada only. Don’t do LASIK. Have a third type of procedure they call No Touch which is a pure laser style of PRK.
LZR aka TLC contact (888) 225·5852 Canada
(800) 473·3202 USA
? Company that did Tiger wood’s -11 eyes. Live webcasts of laser surgeries. 50 centres in US and Canada. Free assessment.
Pacific Laser Eye Centre info@pacific-laser.com (800) 818-3937
(604) 736·2625
? PRK, LASIK and PTK (Photo-Therapeutic Keratectomy). Vancouver, BC, Canada only. Also does PTK to treat minor corneal problems.

This page is posted
on the web at:

http://mindprod.com/ggloss/laser.html

Optional Replicator mirror
of mindprod.com
on local hard disk J:

J:\mindprod\ggloss\laser.html
logo
Please the feedback from other visitors, or your own feedback about the site.
Contact Roedy. Please feel free to link to this page without explicit permission.

IP:[65.110.21.43]
Your face IP:[54.91.11.11]
RTALabel
You are visitor number