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Anyone had LASIK surgery by Dr. Park Chang Soo in Kangnam?
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Gladiator



Joined: 23 May 2003
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 12:51 am    Post subject: Anyone had LASIK surgery by Dr. Park Chang Soo in Kangnam? Reply with quote

I wasn't sure where to post this but figured it was probably most appropriate here.

I'm scheduled to have LASIK performed by Dr. Park early next year. Basically I'm looking for feedback from any of his former patients (any complications, how were enhancements handled etc.). I know of one ex colleague who had problem free surgery from him years ago and he appears to have a good reputation (he's performed the procedure on quite a few resident foreigners).

So, if anyone has anyone has any info. they could share with me please send by PM.

Cheers,
Gladiator
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Mr. Pink



Joined: 21 Oct 2003
Location: China

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll bite: What is LAZIK surgery?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well actually it is LASIK not LAZIK, and it stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. It's the most popular of the current methods of Laser Eye Surgery for correcting vision. I don't know this doctor but Korean law does require that they have dynamic documents showing the current rates of a particular doctor's procedures -- how many, categorized complications, and of course, the overall corrected success rate. Also be sure to ask if you have any astigmatism and ask how many patients he's treated with it as well, it changes the procedure a bit as to success and complications.
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Bulsajo



Joined: 16 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just had RPK surgery done 2 weeks ago, but not in Korea. Freedom from glasses, contacts, solution, anti-fogging spray, lense-cleaning cloths for the first time in 30 years! Very Happy
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kangnamdragon



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Location: Kangnam, Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 6:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone had LAZIK surgery by Dr. Park Chang Soo in Kangna Reply with quote

Gladiator wrote:
I wasn't sure where to post this but figured it was probably most appropriate here.

I'm scheduled to have LAZIK performed by Dr. Park early next year. Basically I'm looking for feedback from any of his former patients (any complications, how were enhancements handled etc.). I know of one ex colleague who had problem free surgery from him years ago and he appears to have a good reputation (he's performed the procedure on quite a few resident foreigners).

So, if anyone has anyone has any info. they could share with me please send by PM.

Cheers,
Gladiator


How much is he charging? How bad is your eyesight? I am really interested in this too.
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sparkx



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: thekimchipot.com

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be very, very wary!!

i saw this doctor before coming home and was all set to go through with the procedure. When I got home I saw a specialist who told me that no surgeon worth his salt would perform the surgery on my eyes. I have larger than normal pupils, a very thin cornea, astigmatisms and the possibility of a regressive cornea disorder which lasic would have exacerbated if I had gone through with the operation leaving me blind in 5 - 10 years.

Make sure that one of the tests performed is a crazy strobe light type test which creates a topographical map of your eyeball. It tells whether or not you may have this condition. Do your research...it's your damn eyes your putting into the hands of a korean for god sakes.
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Blue Flower



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why does astigmatism make the procedure more difficult? I always thought that when i had enough spare cash, i would get the lasik done, as i hate wearing glasses/contacts. But I do have astigmatism.
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sparkx



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think in most cases its inconsequential as long as you have fairly thick corneas and your eyesight hasn't changed in the past few years. From what I was told by my specialist, it is in fact easier to treat an eye with an astigmatism.
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Bulsajo



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those thinking of Lasik but may have 'issues' (both physical and emotional/mental) with it- check out RPK surgery- it's somewhat slower, more painful, but safer in many ways. My cornea was too thin for Lasik (well actually my cornea was the regular width but my prescription so bad that Lasik would have been incredibly risky).

The idea of Lasik is basically to make an incision in the side of the cornea, lift it open, and slim down the Cornea from the inside (middle) downwards. If things go wrong you could be a candidate for a corneal transplant. In RPK the the laser 'shaves off' the outer (or top) layers of the cornea until the desired width is reached. This means a wider surface area to heal, meaning you'll be off work for almost a week and it hurts more- but it's safer: if something goes wrong it just means you'll need to re-do the surgery- there is much much less chance of going blind.

I have no idea if RPK is done in Korea, but I would imagine so- I believe the equipment is exactly the same. Korean doctors probably recommend Lasik because it's less painful and can get you back to work in a couple of days.
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Ryst Helmut



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to get too off topic, but I wonder how many 'practice' runs the doctors and/or practitioners did before getting this down pat......and for those who were experimented on......ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch.


Shoosh,

Ryst
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Swiss James



Joined: 26 Nov 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2003 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking the same thing the other day about dentists.
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gi66y



Joined: 15 Aug 2003
Location: Ilsan

PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2003 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is RPK the same as PRK?

I talked with my doctor about it a few years ago and I thought it was PRK that they used for people that weren't suitable for LASIK

Some people aren't suitable for any kind of laser surgery...sadly I think I might fall into that category with my right eye, even contacts can be a problem. Be wary! It's your eyes after all.


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Bulsajo



Joined: 16 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2003 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Is RPK the same as PRK?

Yes, I mixed up the letters in the acronym.
More on Laser surgery etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gladiator wrote:
Last Saturday I went through a life changing experience at an opthamological clinic in Kangnam. After two years of deliberation and research I actually went ahead and had bilateral LASIK refractive surgery on Jan. 17th.

I won't lie to you the procedure itself wasn't very pleasant. Having my small appetures prised open with speculums wasn't nice and I had slight problems focusing on the red excimer light for my right eye but it was a minor problem.

The result? I'm now typing this without any visual assistance and looking out of my window onto the snow covered Seoul suburb I live in and seeing the snow, the road, the trees and dirt in glorious crisp detail! It's like a trip back in time, revisiting the vision I enjoyed in my childhood. The last time I had 20/20 vision Reagan and Thatcher were in power and The Stranglers and the J Geils Band were soaring up the charts with "Golden Brown" and "Angel is a Centrefold" respectively. It's the strangest feeling; 20 years of blur beyond six inches of my nose suddenly, dramatically lifted and the visual world returns with parity. A Jesus miracle in 2004. The restoration to 20/20 was virtually immediate. I'm still applying antibiotic drops and false tears to keep the eyes lubricated and for the next 4 months I'm going to have to be careful with my eyes as the corneal tissue heals. Plus when I sleep I have to wear protective goggles to prevent any accidental rubbing of the eyes during sleep that could be catastrophic.

I have Dr. Hong to thank as the architect of this beautiful, glorious time travel or escape I can't settle on the metaphor. In 20 minutes he effectively unlocked the cell of myopia I've been trapped in since 1982. I haven't met a refractive surgeon more dedicated both to his craft and to his patient's happiness.

It doesn't seem real. It's like a trick. I keep thinking "I'll have to take my contacts out soon" except that I'm not wearing them!

So I'm relaxing over Solnal savouring the 360 degree occular splendour around me and contemplating a future of perfect sight.

If any of you are contemplating LASIK in Seoul I'd be happy to pass on details.

Happy Solnal to all of you.
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dutchman



Joined: 23 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gladiator,

Why'd you change doctors (not the same name as original post)? And how much did it cost?
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