Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK)
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I'm looking for some feedback on lasik doctors and the
archives are a few years out of date at this point. I've
had 2 consults, one at Pacific Vision Institute and 1 with
Dr. Goodman (I'm in San Francisco). Each told me I was a
candidate for a different procedure- at PVI (though Dr.
Faktoravich never saw me) the tech first told me my eyes
were ''exceedingly normal'' but the woman guiding me through
the exam came back and told me my corneas were too thin for
lasik and I was only a candidate for PRK. At Dr. Goodman's
(where I got what seemed to be a much more comprehensive
exam), I was told my corneas were on the thick side (he told
me the numbers - high 5.xx and low 6.xx) and that I was an
excellent candidate for lasik. He offered to refer me to
someone for a second opinion if I wanted, but after double
checking the thickness, couldn't say why the recommendation
from PVI was different.
Any insights from eye professionals out there? Where should
i go for a second opinion?
want more than 20/20 hindsight
I had lasik done at Newman Lasik Center in Hercules.
Leonard Newman is the MD and he is great! His ad says
he's performed over 43,000 procedures. They are very
careful to make sure you are a good candidate for the
procedure and the exam they did was very extensive. They
are friendly, professional and I was thrilled with the
results. The # is 888-527-4515. www.newmanlasik.com
Please feel free to contact me, if you want more info.
I'm looking for any recommendations for a LASIKS (laser eye
correction surgery) doctor or practice in the East Bay. Thanks.
My husband and I used Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center
(www.elliseye.com) for our LASIK and we were very happy with the
results. Check out the website for Dr. Ellis' bio. He is one
of the pioneers of LASIK. There are offices all over the Bay
Area. The one you end up at for surgery depends on the type of
LASIK you have.
So glad I had LASIK
Many BPN members and their friends/family have had great results from LASIK (or
other surgery when appropriate) from Dr. Mark Mandel. My husband is one of
those people. He had his surgery after my sister did hers. They are both
doing great years later. Check the website (optimaeye.com) for tons of info.
Then make an appointment to be evaluated and meet him. You might even get a
discount if you tell them you were referred by someone from BPN. Dr. Mandel is
always thinking about his patient's safety first. He is the guy that doctors
themselves will go to for LASIK. He is guy that sees the patients that had
problems with their LASIK from other surgeons.
I highly recommend Mark Mandel, MD, for any type of refractive surgery. If
LASIK is not right for your eyes, he'll tell you if there is another procedure.
I was very near-sighted and now I see great. His main office is in Hayward,
but he does the surgery in San Leandro, SF, and Campbell. His staff is very
well-trained. His office number is 510-886-3937.
I used a doctor (recommended thru BPN) through Horizon Vision. The procedure
worked great, but the payment plan is a bust. One of their(2)finance vehicles,
Wells Fargo Financial, delayed their statements in order to collect late fees.
I had checked with Horizon beforehand, worried about this possibility and they
assured me it wouldn't happen. Yet, except for one month, my statements arrived
late. If I had sent the payment without the statement it wouldn't have been
credited correctly, because they require those payments to go to a different
address (listed nowhere, not divulged unless specifically asked). In order to
keep my credit rating in tact, I had to raid my home equity line. Horizon
Vision was apologetic, but that was all.
Dot your eyes
I am think about get my lasik operation done in a couple of month.
would like to ask for recommendation for a good lasik doctor. Also, did
anybody use Dr, Newman from the Lasik center in Hercules?
I had my lasik done with Dr. Newman in Hercules. He is
fabulous!!! I highly recommend him. The whole office staff
is extremely attentive and very thorough to make sure the
procedure will work appropriately for you. The first visit
was over an hour and they explained everything as well as
taking measurements, pictures, etc. Dr. Newman put me totally
at ease and told me everything that he was doing, what to
expect, etc. It was almost like he was rapping through the
whole procedure and it was great to have contact with him
constantly. The procedure is very fast and painless. I was
thrilled to be able to see so well the next day. It felt like
a miracle. I am so glad I had it done and I highly recommend
Newman Lasik. Feel free to e-mail if you have any other
I had good results w/Dr Mandel in San Leandro. His staff are
I used the laser eye center in Pleasanton. Here's the website,
I didn't use Gary because he's much more expensive. I used the
other doctor in the office. I forgot his name, it was 3 years
ago & i love the results. It's a nice clean peaceful office &
everyone was nice. If you decide to go tell them Shelly
Robinson referred you. I'm loving my new eyes!
I am strongly considering Laser Vision Correction (i.e. LASIK), and my
Optometrist has recommended the UC Berkeley Refractive Surgery Center
for this procedure. Has anybody had this done at UC Berkeley, and
have any comments good or bad about the experience and results? Two
friends have recommended somebody else (LVC Dr. ''to the stars'')
based out of San Jose. They have had fantastic results with him.
Over-wearing contacts has caused me to tear my cornea twice, and I'm
too active for glasses (mountaineering, etc.), so I am finally ready
to do this, but want to be sure to go to the right person, of course.
Would appreciate any recommendations.
I am having my lasik procedure tomorrow and am so excited! I cannot comment on UC
Berkeley but can tell you that I am seeing Dr. Mark Mandel after extensive
research, good reviews from 3 friends and the input of my daughter's pediatric
Opthamologist (who trained under him). The pre-op experience has been wonderful
and I expect nothing less during and after tomorrow's procedure. Feel free to
contact me for the follow up story....
I had laser vision correction surgery at UC Berkeley about 4 years ago. My eye Dr
recommended them. I was very nervous about it, but It went great! The staff was
kind and helpful and the Dr's were great.
My recovery was easy and best of all, I can see!!!
Need recommendations for the BEST place for LASIK eye surgery in the bay
area. Very nervous about the long-term effects but after 23 years I think I'm
ready to give up my contact lenses. Any post-surgery regrets?
Before any surgery, it's important to research it as thoroughly as possible. Most
people I know have NOT been happy with the outcome of their Lasik surgery. Here's a
website with lots of information you won't find on commercial websites trying to sell
you Lasik surgery:
Here are 5 reasons I know of NOT to have Lasik surgery:
1. Once you turn 40, you'll still need reading glasses and/or driving glasses.
2. Why operate on a healthy cornea when the problem is with the lens?
3. When you get cataracts and your lens is replaced, your vision will automatically be
corrected then (unless you already had Lasik surgery to reshape your cornea to work with
the bad lens). Why have eye surgery twice instead of once? 4. The down side of
complications is far worse than the possible advantages of a successful outcome
(assuming the results are in fact as satisfactory as you were promised).
5. Technology in eye surgery and in contact lenses is constantly improving.
I am sure you looked at the archives, so this might be repetitive. I highly recommend
Dr. Mark Mandel and his staff. His number is (510)886-3937. His website is
www.optimaeye.com. He is extremely experienced and greatly respected by the medical
an eye doc
Dr. Daniel Goodman in SF. I had a great experience. I think I went from being a -5.00
in contacts to seeing 20/15 overall. AMAZING! The procedure was only slightly
uncomfortable (normal), NEVER painful. It took about 30 seconds per eye - very quick!
It's been a year and a half since my procedure and my vision is still stable. The
procedure was expensive, but worth every penny and I've never regretted it. I have no
halos at night, and my eyes are never dry or itchy. If I can remember, the consultation
was $100 and it was applied to the price of the procedure. If you decide not to have it
at all, then you, at the very least, have a contact lens or glasses prescription to show
for the consultation. Kimberly in SF
I got lasik in December of 2005. The way I figure it, without glasses and contacts, my
eyesight was so poor it was disabling, and I usually couldn't find my glasses, so I'd
end up wearing my contacts waaay too long, which is actually really bad for your eyes.
So, I know people are nervous about lasik, and I can understand their concerns, but I
honestly feel like there are very real risks with contact lenses, too.
Anyway, I went to the Lasik Plus Vision Center in Foster City. They also have a location
in Concord, and all over the US. I would pick some place with Wavefront technology-- it
takes a ''fingerprint'' of your eye, so it's very customized, and a higher technology.
Also, if your place offers a ''lifetime'' insurance, I'd go for that too-- you pay about
$400 extra that way, but if you ever need another surgery or correction in your
lifetime, it's covered. Totally worth it to me.
Know the risks: there are a few complications with some people. Follow post-surgery
instructions to a T. For me, I had the surgery after I realized the risk of not doing it
outweighed the risk of possible complications. Have someone to drive you to surgery and
back. Happily 20/20
UC Berkeley Eye Center!! I had a really high perscription (-575 and -600) and honnestly
I was more scared that I would be turned away than actually going through the
proceedure. I hated getting my eyes checked, because every time i went in- my
perscription got worse. So, when I went to UCB for a check up, my eyes did get worse,
but they told me that doing LASIK wouldn't be a problem. I also qualifed for Wavefront-
which basically is topography technology disigned by NASA, which resulted in giving me
more depth and definition in my vision. They made me feel that my perscription was
''normal'' and they explained everything to me (yes, i also did research on line and
checked out the doctor's credintals)and the staff was always super nice and
professional. The UC Berkeley Eye Center absolutely rocks!! Dont know why I didn't do it
By the way, the proceedure itself was painless..good drugs and honnestly, i'm sure
you're used to having your eye balls touched. Remember to focus on the dot durring the
proceedure. 20/20 and 20/15
My vision is better than 20/20 and I had corrected vision since the 5th grade and
stigmatism. Dr. Ella Faktorovich (http://www.pacificvision.org/) operated on some of the
49ers and is heavily involved in clinical studies. I've interviewed UC Berkeley and
thought Ella had the most experience and best service (at UC Berkeley the surgeon didn't
even provide the consult).
I am looking into refractive surgery and since my eyes are the only two I've got I really want to be sure
I find someone good. I'm looking for recommendations for surgeons in the Bay Area. I'd prefer Marin
County or East Bay; next SF, but will travel, gladly, for someone really good. Thanks in advance!!
Look up Dr. Mark Mandel in the East Bay (Hayward, San Leandro). He was on The Ronn Owens show
(KGO) 2 weeks ago talking about LASIK and other eye stuff. Maybe you can request a transcript
Please contact UC-Berkeley's Graduate School of Optometry's clinic (Eye Center) new
Refractive Surgery Center: 643-3792. They have a new technology called Wave-front that
improves on the Lasik treatment. It has Wavescan Wavefront and Active Trak tracking, which
measures higher order aberrations in the eye, using an assortment of micro lenses. They can
assess the wavefront as it leaves the eye and correct for these aberrations that you can't
even see. Their website: www.caleyecare.com UC-Berkeley's School of Optometry is top-rated
in the country----a lot less grad students admitted per faculty than any other in the
nation----a lot more personal attention and training. I have worked professionally with the
faculty and grad students there and they have a wonderful community of fine and caring people
there. UC School of Optometry fan
My husband is interested in getting lasik surgery. He was interested in any DR. recommendations. We have
Kaiser and VSP insurance (but don't think it's covered). Thanks!!! ssc
I posted another entry on the same topic, above: You should contact UC Berkeley's School of
Optometry's Eye Clinic -- ask for their Refractive Surgery Center. I don't know why more
people don't use this marvelous Optometry Center. They're the best----also they're good for
children' s eye appointments, contact lenses, etc. The grad school of Optometry is top-rated
in the U.S. and they now have new micro lenses, which are used on the most modern telescopes.
Their number: 643-3792. They're open to the public.
Fan of UC School of Optometry
I am at -1.5 diopters at each eye & am considering having
Custom Wavefront Lasik done on my Right eye only. I don't know
of anyone that's only had 1 eye lasik'd so I'm looking to get
some advice from this community to see if anyone's done this &
to see if there's a greater benefit to Custom Lasik vs. Basic
Lasik technology. Also, has anyone been treated by either Dr.
William Ellis or Dr. George Simon? Thanx a lot in advance
I am assuming the reason you want to correct one eye only is because you are over
40 and take your glasses off to read? Or, you are under 40 and very savvy that you
will need reading glasses when over 40? In any case, what you are proposing is
called monovision. If you have never experienced monovision before in contacts, you
really should do that before you permanently change your eyes. About 2/3 of people
adapt to monovision with no problems, while 1/3 of people have problems and hate
it. Have your eye doc fit you with CL so you can see what you are planning on
getting yourself into. --optometrist
Can anybody advise if this is procedure is worth it, I hear so
many different things. I don't mind glasses but if I can see
like I used to, it's worth considering. Tks Paul
has your Rx been stable for at least 1 year? (if not stable, then don't do it)
how old are you? if you are pushing 40 then you may need consider having one eye
done for distance and one for ''reading''
I got lasik done with Dr. Manche at stanford about $5k total for both eyes,
wavefront lasik for Rx -10.00 in both eyes. (50% discount for MDs)
now I am 20/20 in both eyes and it is wonderful! No more contacts. No more
glasses. Though b/c i was so near-sighted, I have some minimal rainbow halos on
the L eye, only noticeable when i stare into white lights at night.
All follow up appointments are included in the one time price. thus far I have
had 3-5 appointments)
My good friend got it done by Scott Hyver and they seem great at customer
service. and have lots of locations and did the 49ers and prices are competitive.
Yes, LASIK is definitely worth looking into. I got rid of my glasses/contacts 7
years ago this month. Mark Mandel was my surgeon. Call his office for a
consultation (510-886-3937). Or check his website at www.optimaeye.com.
I had Lasix for near-sightedness 1 month ago. I am very please with the results,
but it hasn't ''changed my life'' the way some Lasix patients report. My vision
is very good now (20/20 in one eye, 20/15 in the other) but my pre-surgery vision
was not bad (about 20/60 in each eye; my correction was only -1.75). And because
I almost always wore contacts, the change in lifestyle is not as apparent if I
had been wearing glasses previously. I think that if your vision is poor or if
you wear glasses for almost every activity you will notice a big change with
Lasix and will be very happy (although, as any good doctor will tell you, not
every patient will achieve 20/20 vision). If you usually wear contacts and
require minimum correction as I did, you will still be pleased with the results
but it won't be a dramatic change.
I had Lasik done in both eyes (severe near-sightedness) in 1999 and it was soooo
worth it - I love being able to get up in the middle of the night without looking
for my glasses (especially now that I have babies); I can fall asleep anytime
without worrying about my contacts drying out; I don't have to take any extra
supplies when I travel; no glasses to fog up or get wet when I ride a bike...and
those are just the first benefits that come to mind. If you ever have moments
where your glasses/contacts get in the way, I would definitely recommend Lasik.
I got the lasik eye procedure done on both my eyes this past January and now have
20/20. I was extremely near-sighted (contacts prescription at -7)and am thrilled
at the results. But whether it's worth it, is totally a personal decision. It
is expensive (I paid $4800 for top-notch surgeon) and may depend on the condition
of your corneas, whether first you will qualify for lasik and then second whether
the procedure will likely restore your eyes back to 20/20. You need to be
screened first to determine that. I got screened at UCB School of Optometry
('cuz if you make their cut it's cheaper), but didn't qualify for lasik there--
they are extremely conservative about the patients they perform lasik on and
don't have all the latest and greatest lasers, so they turn down more people
there than other clinics. From there I was referred to Dr. Mark Mandel's office
in San Leandro and I easily fell within their parameters for performing lasik and
that's where I had it done. So, sounds like it may only be worth it to you if
you can get 20/20 back which you'll only know after you get screened-- good luck.
I am scheduled to have Lasik surgery next month to correct my relatively mild
nearsightedness. I am 40 and just barely beginning to have problems reading very
small type or reading in a dimly lit room so the doctor has suggested I consider the
monovision procedure. If you've had this procedure, please let me know whether you
are pleased with your vision now. Do you see well far away? Do you think you've been
able to delay the need for reading glasses by opting to only partially correct one eye?
I'm really torn and any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.
I've had this discussion with my ophthalmologist, Dr David Bui in
Alameda, since I have considered this surgery. Whether or not
you can deal with this depends on the way your brain deals with
each eye having a different correction and taking over the work
from the other eye. Some people adjust within a few weeks;
others never do. Dr Bui recommended using a monovision contact
lens to simulate the correction which would be achieved by the
laser surgery. This will give you a good idea of how you'd
adapt. Dr Bui has done surgery on several of my friends (both
cosmetic and lasik) and they've been extremely happy. I'm his
patient and highly recommend him for his excellent patient
interaction -- he always answers my questions in great detail.
His website is www.sfbayeye.com and his phone is 510 522-0377.
I'm planning on having Lasik surgery this year and would like to
hear from anyone who has had their surgery with any of the three
surgeons I'm considering.
Dr Mark Mandel - Optima Eye
Dr Turner - Turner Eye Institute
Dr Chandra - Kaiser Permanente ( Shadelands)
I highly recommend Dr. Mandel for your Lasik surgery. Both my
husband and my sister in law had him do their surgery and they
were thrilled with the results. I had no vision problems before
my husband had his surgery and now his vision is better than
mine. He reads menus for me in dark restaurants! My husband
thoroughly researched the choices before choosing Dr. Mandel -
and found that he had stellar reviews.
have you met all 3 surgeons and had your testing done? dr.
mandel did surgery on my eyes in 1999, and my eyes are still
20/20. he is highly skilled and very calm. he is also
conservative in his approach. most of his lasik patients are
referrals from other doctors, or friends/family of prior
patients, or people referred by websites like BPN. my brother-
in-law is scheduled for surgery with dr. mandel in february.
I'm thinking about having my Lasik procedure done at LasikPlus
Vision Center in Concord, specifically with Dr. George Simon.
I'd appreciate any feedback on the quality of care with Dr.
Simon. Seems so cheap @ $799/per eye... and his experience is
comparable to others that charge twice as much. Thank you.
Tired of being legally blind
As an optometrist who works with many lasik patients, i would
recommend NOT going to the cheapest guy on the block, despite
his experience (there is often alot of fine print that is not
disclosed). I would see a few different surgeons and also ask
your optometrist or regular eyecare provider for a
recommendation. Lasik is a serious medical procedure and
requires proper screening, experienced and cautious surgeons,
and proper follow up. These are your eyes-choose wisely! email me if you have any other questions.
I had lasik done with Dr. Simon about 4 years ago. At the time it
cost me $3,000 total. It was in its new stages..
I went from VERY bad vision to 15/20 & 20/20... I even went to
the gym right afterward. I'm still very happy, I only wish I'd
known that I could have brought a video to have it taped. if you
have more questions feel free to email me. email@example.com
I had Lasik done on both eyes by Dr. Simon in Concord in late
1999, and am totally happy with the service and the results. My
vision was quite poor before and now I'm about 20/25 and do
everything without glasses or contacts; my husband's eyes
weren't as bad and now he's 20/20 or better. I'm so glad I did
it, especially when I get up in the middle of the night with my
I don't remember which doctor I used at LasikPlus but the staff
were all great and very knowledgable and made me feel very
comfortable. I had my eyes both done about 2 years ago and went
from 20/400 and 20/200 in my eyes to 20/25 overall. I am a very
The Medical Board of California has a free web site service that allows you to check
if a physician has been disciplined or formally accused of a wrongdoing, convicted
of a felony, issued a citation by the Board, terminated by a hospital, malpractice
judgments, arbitration awards, etc. After checking this web site, I decided not to go
with the lasik surgeon I was considering because he couldn't give me good answers
to the dings against his record. Here is the site: http://www.medbd.ca.gov/
I've been to several doctors for the Lasik evaluation and all
have agreed I'm a good candidate. I checked references and so
far I was the most impressed with Dr. Turner of the Turner Eye
Institute in San Leandro. Was hoping to get some feedback from
the Parent Network. Has anyone see him? Also some also
recommended Dr. Bansal but I've not been there for an
Also wondering if anyone has had the newer procedure that is
all laser - called intralasik.
I highly recommend Dr. Craig Bindi from the Laser Eye Center of
Silicon Valley. I went to their Pleasanton office and everyone
on the staff was great! A year later and I still see 20/15.
I'm hoping to have lasik eye surgery done in the next few
months and was wondering if anyone recently had it done using
the new technique that is all laser - it's called intralase.
It seems most doctors have been working with it for at least a
year but being that it's so new was wondering if I should just
do the routine lasik instead. I'm getting 3 opinions - Dr.
Turner, Dr. Manche and Dr. Mandel. I've seen recommendation
for the later two but not for Dr. Turner. Would love to hear
your experience with the intralase and also Dr. Turner.
soon to be clearer
I had lasik eye surgery in mid-June. I had Dr. Mark Mandel do
my eye surgery. He came highly recommended by 3 co-workers. I
was a -5.75 in both eyes. I was able to have the new ''wave''
procedure, my vision was borderline if I was eligible for the
new procedure. I do have a slight astigmatism, in both eyes. I
have not yet reached the 3 month point, but I might go back and
get my eyes ''adjusted'' again to get perfect vision. I believe
its an additional $100 to the initial cost. But it was definitly
worth the money & anxiety. Its been a great summer camping,
swimming, etc. not having to worry about contacts. Good Luck
After 45 years of glasses and contacts I am just about ready to
have lasik surgery at UC. (I have read the recent and archived
postings). I would love to hear from anyone who chose to have
one eye corrected for near vision and the other for distance.
Do like having a greater range of sharp vision without needing
glasses, or does it drive you nuts and/or give you headaches?
Can you follow the trajectory of a tennis ball?
I had lasik done on both eyes about 1 1/2 years ago, after 40
years of glasses and wanting to also follow the trajectory of a
tennis ball ..I had the surgery done at Pacific Laser Eye Center
in Danville, and if you are a Cal Grad, they knock off 10%...(Go
Bears)..I still wear reading glasses occasionally, but tennis is
great!..Take the leap!
I used to work for a company that did LASIK and have known quite
a few people who are happy with ''monovision'', the correction
you're considering. The ophthamologist can give you contact
lenses with the same two prescriptions he's planning to use so
that you can do a test run to see if you like it. Some people
adjust to it very easily and others don't. It is important to
realize that you're giving up some sharpness for a greater range
of clear vision. Good luck, it's a wonderful procedure!
I am considering laser vision correction at Pacific Vision
Institute with Dr. Ella G. Faktorovich. Would like to hear any
feedback on the quality of service/care and any experiences
with vision correction. It is really expensive?? $7,000.00.
Does that sound right?
hi. I had vision correction with Dr. Mark Mandel at Horizon Vision Center.
I was -10 in both eyes. It's been a year and I am 20/20 in one eye and 20/15 in
the other. I paid $3300. You definately shouldn't shop by the price but $7k
sounds steep. The most important is finding a doctor that has done many
I got a consultation w/ 3 places before having LASIK surgery. PVI
was one of those places. My experience w/ them (and her) was that
the facility sure looks impressive but the service left me cold.
They scanned my right pupil, studied it, said that there was some
concern (I have a pretty strong Rx), scanned my left pupil,
barely glanced at it, and said we can do the surgery, and made an
appointment for me for surgery the next week. I saw her for
barely 2 minutes.
Considering the fact that I do have a high Rx, I had scratched my
left cornea just a couple years before, that they studied the
first scan carefully and said they had some concern, I expected
them to also study the second one, not just give it a cursory
glance, and explain to me what their concerns were. My impression
was more that it was an eye shop than a real surgical center. I
never went back (but I did call to cancel).
I got my surgery done w/ Dr. Daniel Goodman--and would highly
recommend him and his office.
They gave me thorough examinations, I also had a dry eye
condition, which they made sure was corrected before performing
the surgery several months later. They gave me an assessment of
better than 90% of 20/40 vision, and a 75% chance of 20/20
vision. That very afternoon of the surgery, I had perfect vision
-- and was confirmed w/ 20/15 and 20/10 vision at the follow-up
exam (my eyes were .5 off between the left and right so this was
He did both eyes at once (my preference) and my optometrist said
he did a fantastic job -- she could barely see where the incision
was made in the flap and 1 year later I still have better than
20/20 vision. She also said if I ever change optometrists, to let
the new one know I had LASIK because they probably wouldn't be
able to tell and they would have to recalibrate their equipment
for it. Two of my officemates also had their eyes done there, 1
for monovision, and had the same great experience. I highly
1199 Bush #350 (Hyde)
The going rate when I got it last year was $5000 (pricey but
soooo worth it). If you have VSP insurance, then it's $3600 out
of pocket. You can go to Dr. Goodman for the whole thing,
including using his office as your follow-up, or you can go
through your optometrist. My optometrist was already an affiliate
of theirs, so I paid her $100 for the pre-consultation (scan the
eyes, assess for possibility -- let them know if I was a
candidate) and follow-ups for 1 year -- this gets applied to the
If you have a healthcare FSA, I highly recommend setting it up
for the surgery -- you can get it done at the beginning of the
year, and be reimbursed even though you haven't put the full
amount in. They also accept credit cards and have financing plans.
Good luck with your surgery!
I used a different doctor for my lasik. I just had ''wave front''
lasik done by Dr. Mark Mandel, and the procedure was $4,600 for
both eyes. For the regular lasik his fee was $3,900
I can't speak to Dr. Faktorovich's Lasik skills, but my husband
had a cornea transplant (at 33 yrs old for a degenerative eye
condition) that she performed in July 2001. He thinks that she
is the best: very well-educated and incredibly skilled in her
work. On top of that, she is very personable and has a very
attentive, responsive staff. He choose her b/c she specializes
in corneas and she came highly recommended. Cornea transplants
are tricky and take a long time to heal (2 years). With all of
the follow-up visits required, he has had ample opportunity to
assess her work. Thus, we highly recommend her. Hopefully,
someone else can share their experience with regard to Lasiks.
Good luck. P.S. She has a whole wall full of testimonials from
I'm considering having Lasik surgery and would like to hear from others who've
had it done in SF. I know about the UCSF vision center, but would like
recommendations or critiques of other doctors. (Postings on the website are a
bit out of date, and cover east bay dr's more thoroughly).
Tired of contact lenses
I just had LASIK surgery with Dr. Daniel Goodman in San
Francisco last week. He is the surgeon that repairs procedures
that go wrong. So far, I am very happy with the results--from
being 25/20 for decades with lenses, I am now at 20/20 without.
To be fair, usually corrections cannot improve vision beyond the
level with lenses and my eyes may still regress but for now I am
very pleased. Of course, choosing a surgeon with a good
reputation costs and Dr. Goodman wasn't cheap. But if you want
peace of mind and can afford it, I would strongly recommend him.
20/20 for now
one of the best LASIK surgeons in the east bay also performs
surgery in SF. Check out Dr. Mark Mandel. His website is
www.optimaeye.com. He has the lastest techniques and equipment.
Try UCSF for your lasik in San Francisco: 415- 476-2561
Ophthalmologists from all over the U.S. come to UCSF for
training in excimer laser surgery. They do careful procedures,
have long experience, and they wrote the protocols for doing
lasik procedures safely.
Wherever you go, ask how long they've been doing the procedure
(s), whether they do both eyes at the same time (safer to do
them separately). Dr. Richard Abbott was featured in the April 3
issue of People Mag last year; check the People issue for more
I highly reccomend Dr. Manche at Stanford University. Its not
really that much farther than going into the city (parking is
very simple). He did lasik on myself & my husband - 5 years
ago and was incredible.
I had lasik done at:
Horizon Vision Centers Medical Group
by Dr. Mark Mandel
and was very pleased. I did alot of research and his name kept coming up.
I had worn contacts for 22 years and was a -10 in both eyes. After lasik, i am
20/20. Pretty unbelievable. It's been almost a year since the procedure and the
only downside is contrast of images in dark places is not as good as it was with
my contacts, to me a small price for being able to see unassisted! good luck!
I am thinking of doing the LASIK surgery. Has anyone had laser
eye surgery at Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center (Dr. William
Ellis) located at El Cerrito Office, 6500 Fairmount Ave? I
checked the website and there is only one mention of it. I
would like to here from your experience (good or bad) about
this doctor. Thanks a lot.
Yes! I went to Dr. Ellis for my lasik surgery in April 2001. I
have had 20/20 vision since then. I was pretty near-sighted
before that. They diagnose you and tell you what your chances
are of improving your sight and by how much. I went to him
because my grandmother also saw him years ago for some other eye
problem. She had minor surgery and was able to see much more
clearly without her glasses, at the age of 80.
The tests are done in El Cerrito but the surgery was done in San
Jose. You need to have someone drive you there and drive you
back home, because you won't be able to ''see'' for that
afternoon. You'll need to go home and just take a nap and
rest. The surgery took less than 5 minutes total.
I highly recommend it!! I love that I can now see without
I haven't heard of your doctor but I'd like to reccomend the
doc I used: Dr. Mark Mandel;
It's close to a miracle that I'm 20/20 after being a -11 and it
only took a couple minutes!
I've read the recommendations regarding LASIK surgery on the web
site, but was wondering if anybody out there who wore either
hard lenses or gas permeable lenses has had the procedure. I've
heard mixed things regarding hard lens wearers reactions - I've
been told that even if their eye sight achieves 20/20 that
everything still appears ''soft'' compared with the clear vision
they experienced with their lenses. Has anybody experienced
I wore gas perms for years (15?) and just got LASIK almost three
months ago. While I'm quite pleased with the result and do
have ''20/20'' in both eyes, one is quite a bit sharper than the
other. But I really only notice it when reading or at the
computer. My doctor also told me at the last visit that I do
have a slight stigmatism in the less sharp eye. I still feel
like they're changing ever so slightly so time will tell. I
would do it again in a heartbeat, even though it's not as
perfect as when I had contacts. Feel free to email with other
the surgeon i work for (Mark Mandel, MD) has done over 22,000
procedures and generally speaking there does not seem to be a
distinction in the overall results when comparing soft lens
wearers to gas perm lens wearers. what is really crucial is
that you have the hard/RGP lenses out long enough prior to your
assessment and measurements so that he can make sure that your
corneas are stable. we have seen patients that looked like good
candidates initially; but then after months of lens-free eyes,
the corneas turn out to be distorted and the patient is no
longer a good candidate.
now we are doing the ''custom'' or wavefront-guided laser
procedure that is proving to be even better than conventional
I am going to get laser eye surgery and I am shopping for a doctor. I saw
the recommendations posted to the web site, but I didn't see anyone
mention cost. What are the going rates? Can anyone comment on Dr.
I am responding to the post regarding Laser Eye Surgery
and Dr. Gary Kawesh in San Jose. I had lasik done by Dr.
Kawesh and it was fabulous. My vision was about 20/550. I
wore glasses all my life and am happy to say that my vision
is now 20/15! The surgery only took about 5 minutes per
eye, but it was a bit unnerving. Recovery was also very easy
I had the procedure about two years ago and paid $1800
per eye. I'm guessing the price has probably gone down
since then. My sister in law went to Dr. Bindi in the same
office and had excellent results also. Good luck!
please do not price-shop when it comes to your eyes. you get
what you pay for. the best surgeons charge from $3900-$5000. i
hear that dr. turner is good.
I'm looking in to Lasik surgery and have narrowed it to 2
Dr. Mark Mandel - Hayward
Dr. Gary Kawesch - San Jose
Has anyone heard of these doctors or have any experiences
with them? thanks for your input !!
both surgeons have lots of experience and are highly skilled.
but most of the people i know (including myself) had surgery
done by dr. mandel. he is pretty conservative and doesn't do
surgery on people when it would be risky. his staff are highly
trained and extremely nice. the whole surgical experience is
quite pleasant (given the circumstances). good luck!
If you saw the Express on Wed, April 23, Dr. Kawesch is
specifically recommended against in the article about bad Lasik
experiences. While most people's experiences are not negative,
I would definitely avoid the guy if I were going through this
sign me 4 eyes
I am looking into Laser Eye surgery for my 20 year old
daughter. Anybody with experience or advice they'd like to
share would be very helpful.
I am one of the many people who spent most of life severely
myopic until I had Lasik surgery three years ago. I have
been extremely happy with the results, although I am
disappointed that my 20-20 vision has already slipped to 20-
40, which is the minimum the DMV allows. It's not a cure-
all. A good doctor will prepare your daughter for the
possibility that she will needs glasses for driving and
reading in a few years.
I would advise you to avoid the big
Eye Centers. Though I was happy with the results of my
Lasik, I was distressed by the unprofessional behavior he and
his team demonstrated while I was under the laser - I
realized that his centers were the McLasiks people warn
about, and wished I had spent more time shopping around.
Has anyone had laser eye surgery at the UC Optometry School? I
checked the website and there is only one mention of it, without
a recommendation. It certainly is convenient, and if you join
the alumni association you can get a discount, so I am
interested in finding out what experiences people have had with
the doctors there.
I had the lasik surgery done at the Pacific Laser Eye Center at
UC Berkeley and it was the best thing I've ever spent my money
on. They have the most up-to-date equipment and the healing
time was very quick. My surgery was done by Andrew Sorenson and
he was absolutely wonderful! Waking up the first time and being
able to see the alarm clock without glasses was amazing.
Didn't do it at UCB, but just had a great experience at the
Stanford Eye Laser Center in May, in case you are interested in
other area options. I was totally terrified to do this -- had
20/950 and 20/800 eyes, which put me in a very special group.
I've had about 10 friends go to Dr. Manchee at Stanford, all
with great results, so I decided to make the trek.
Didn't love him at the informational meeting, but he was
absolutely superb during surgery, and with followup (he tracks
you for a year). I am now at 20/20, with no problems with night
vision. Recovery was a snap -- the next day I drove to SF at
night by myself. Eyesight didn't settle for a month or so, but
was fully functional the whole time.
Chose Dr. Manchee as he has done 19,000 Lasik surgeries, and
helped to invent the technique. He has also turned away several
people I know who were not good candidates. He does all the
surgery there personally.(http://eyelaser.stanford.edu/) Wasn't
too bad going the distance. I needed someone to drive me the
day of surgery, and the day after until they took off the
Couldn't be happier with the result!!
I just had the surgery. I would do it again in a flash, it was
so easy, painless, quick, and yielded such incredible results.
I picked the UC Center because I'm staff and had the discount, my
doc [Jacobsen] was very reassuring and extremely methodical in
his assessment, and I have always felt like they have one of the
best eyecare places around.
I really think the super-careful assessment was a key; cheaper
places won't necessarily see you 6 times pre-surgery to make sure
that they get the best refraction numbers. I have some family
history issues with my eyes - they double and triple-checked
that stuff to make sure it wasn't going to be a problem. The
surgeons have both done thousands of these, and they videotape
each one for documentation purposes, but also so they can go over
anything in post-surgery discussion. It's pretty comforting.
The process was painless - and I'm the biggest eye wuss in the
world - the only discomfort [and that's all it was] was when
they plop in the eye speculum. Cool, huh? Try and get someone
to come with a camera.
The healing was fast and easy. Really easy.
I'd totally do it again, and I'd pick that place every time.
I've not had laser eye surgery at Cal, but have gone to see the
docs and student docs in the Low Vision Clinic. I can't say
enough good things about them. They are thorough, informative,
supportive, up-to-date, easy going and just plain the best help
I can find for my vision. I even want to take my daughter to
them for her first eye check.
There are a lot of postings on the web site about laser eye
surgery, but this is a field that has been developing rapidly
and I'd like to hear from people who have had it done in the
past year. I have a relative who is very nearsighted who had
the procedure done a couple of years ago and is very happy with
it. Recently, in the course of an eye exam, the consulting doc
at the UC Optometry School asked if I had considered it, and
recommended it highly based on his own experience. I also know
someone who had some complications, though I think it all worked
out well in the end. Can anyone who had this surgery in the
early days tell me how your eyes are doing now? If you have had
it done recently, what was your experience? Would you recommend
your doctor and facility?
I just had the surgery done at the end of March and I love
it!!!! No more glasses or contact lenses. I was nearsited with
-4.25 in each eye. I now have 20/20 in both eyes. There was no
pain involved at all, and I could see as soon as they were done
with the procedure. I went to the Lasik Eye Center in Walnut
Creek. I would highly recommend them. If you want to discuss
further, please feel free to call. 415-743-8436 or email me at
My husband -- severely myopic and a wearer of thick glasses
since age 6 -- had Lasik surgery done in April. He used Dr. Dan
Goodman in SF -- a doctor who is very experienced (he had done
about 8000 eyes), and as a consequence fairly expensive.
Experience is important; apparently there is a learning curve
and problems drop off dramatically after a doctor has done 5000
or so eyes. The doctor was conservative in his prognosis: about
80% chance of achieving 20-20 in the dominant eye on the first
try, 75% in the non-dominant eye. My husband mulled the
question for over a year, and finally decided to do it. The
results were better than anyone could have predicted: a bit
better than 20-20 in both eyes. He experienced some ''starburst''
effect in one eye at night (rays coming from light sources), but
he said it was no worse than what he had with glasses or
contacts, and it is going away. It really is a miracle.
i work for a surgeon (mark mandel) who performs lots of laser
eye surgeries (lasik). he did my surgery 3 years ago and i am
still doing great. i haven't had to wear glasses or contacts
since then. my eyes feel wonderful and free!
i have daily contact with patients who are considering the
procedure as well as those who have already had it.
make sure you go to a reputable surgeon who is well-known in the
medical community. make sure you have a complete exam to ensure
you are a good candidate. you should have your pupils measured,
along with corneal thickness and mapping.
the surgery is not 100% guaranteed, but it is extremely
successful. your surgeon should be competent enough to handle
any possible complication that might occur.
there are some low-price laser surgeons that you should be very
careful with. don't base your decision on the price.
My husband and I both used Lasix Plus which is out on Willow
Pass Rd. in Concord and were very happy with their service. I
had my eyes corrected last October. The recovery time was quick.
I was about 20/400 in one eye and about 20/600 in the other eye
with astigmatisms. I used their older machine (recommended for
my corneal thickness and correction). I am now 20/25 in both
eyes! For the first time since 5th grade, I don't need thick
glasses or contact lenses.
Hi, I had laser surgery 3 years ago. Actually I had it when I
was pregnant, which made things more complicated because the
eyesight changes during pregnancy. I was EXTREMELY nearsighted, -
10.5 on one eye and -11.5 on the right. That's practically
blind. Now I see without glasses and have no dicomfort. I went
to the office of Dr Ellis, in El Cerrito. He is not only a
surgeon but an engineer as well, and understands the mechanics
of the laser machine (which of course has to be in perfect
conditions). He pioneered eye surgery many years ago and even
travelled to Russia where the technique was first invented. The
doctor who performed my surgery is Dr. Sejadi. He has lots of
experience too, and is less busy than Dr. Ellis, so I knew he
would give my case extra attention. My left eye had 1 operation
and is fine. It is now -1 and I rely on it to read without
glasses (being over 40, I would have had to get reading glasses
for far-sighted people!). The right eye had to have 2
operations, and now is +0.5 (slighty far sighted). I rely on it
when I drive. That eye had minor problems for a year. It had
dryness, and then had continuous watering. both problems went
away after 2 months of drops. It has been fine for the last 2
years. What they don't tell you is that if you are very short
sighted, your sight keeps changing for almost a year. Also it is
not an exact science. I ended up with -1 and +0.5, not with the
0 I expected.
Dr. Sejari, who also used to be a retina specialist, discovered
I had developed a hole in the retina (common in very near
sighted people) and took the time to check on it 2 times and
refer me to a retina specialist (they are just monitoring it). I
was very happy that he cared about the retina too, which is much
more serious, but not profitable for a physician. I have to say
though that before the surgery I did not have a hole in the
retina. All doctors swear that holes in the retina are not
caused by the laser surgery on the cornea, but sometimes I
Would I do it again? YES! I had so many eye scratches while
sticking unsanitary pieces of plastic in my eyes (contact
lenses), and so many headaches, and all that is over!
This message is in response to the post that said that she had
LASIK during her pregnancy by a Dr. Ellis. LASIK is
contraindicated for pregnancy, and the FDA has not approved LASIK
during pregnancy. The reasons are multitudinous: the hormonal
changes that change the integrity of the cornea as well as the
inherent correction in the eye, and that pregnant women could not
possibly suffer taking an IV course of certain antibiotics (if an
infection were to ensue) and/or hospitalization and/or surgery if
a LASIK complication mandated as much. Any reputable LASIK doc
will tell you as much. I was concerned that the post might
encourage pregnant women to find an ophthalmologist to perform
such a procedure
I am considering Lasik laser eye surgery to correct nearsightedness
& astigmatism, and would appreciate any advice, experience, etc.,
on this procedure. Thanks
Check out the Laser Eye Center at UCSF - 415/476-5021. Excellent docs
(Dr. Richard Abbott is featured in the April 3 issue of People Mag),
careful procedures, long experience; they wrote the protocols for doing
these procedures safely.
Wherever you go, ask how long they've been doing the procedure(s),
whether they do both eyes at the same time (safer to do them separately),
whether they re-use the scalpel blades on both eyes or on other patients
(rare, but one local office was doing so with great abandon). Check the
April 3 issue of People for more Q&As.
Pacific Laser Eye Center is now at UC Berkeley in the Optometry Clinic at
Minor Hall. You can call 642-2020 to ask for information.
I got Lasik done about a month and a half ago. I've wanted it done for years, and
finally was at a place where I could afford it and felt safe doing it. Thanks be, it
was successful. Needless to say, it makes a huge difference in your life. It's wonderful
being able to move freely and go places without my glasses. I swim and exercise frequently
and I can now see what's happening around me. It's also affected my body language and
self image -- all positively. I suffer from a bit of eye dryness, and decreased night vision, but
they are continually getting better.
I actually travelled to Canada to have it done, which some people see as risky because
if there is a problem you have to go back there to have it dealt with. But, it's much, much
cheaper there, and I found a clinic that I trusted, and had been recommended from a
trustworthy acquaintance / source of medical advice.
One warning, They tell you that you can go back to work in a few days, with me it took
about a week and a half, but then again, Im a heavy computer user at work, and I mean
-- hey, it's surgeory on your eyes!
So, take it seriously, but also know that it can work out fantastically.
Do some research on the internet, but know in advance that most of the stuff on it is either
advertisement or scary stories from people who had it botched.
p.s. on Lasik,
there are also herbs recommended
Pau d'Arco - help in recovery from any surgery.
Bilberry, eyebright, Turmeric, pineapple enzyme (bromelain), ascorbate,
homeopathic aconite (200 or above), and get it done on a waxing moon.
I had laser vision surgery a couple months ago at LasikVision in the city
(California & Battery). I now have 20/20 vision (& no "halos" around lights
at night either). I had worn glasses or needed contacts since I was nine,
had astigmatism, and couldn't see clearly more than 6-8 inches in front of me.
They are a company from Canada, which just recently opened an office in SF.
I think their current price is $1000 per eye. I know 2 other people who also had
it successfully done there.
I'm thinking of having LASIK surgery done on my eyes by Dr. Severin on
Solano in Albany.
I have a -10.0 correction in each eye. Does anyone have any experience with
specifically, or with LASIK surgery on eyes with severe myopia? I've done a
lot of reading
about the surgery in general, and have talked to several very happy folks
who've had the
surgery, but never anyone with my level of correction, which is a little
comments would be welcomed at elainerichlie at msn.com, or on this site. Thanks!
Both my brother and sister have had lasik (and I'm just waiting for my
hormones to settle before I do). My sister's eyes were in the -13 to -14
range; she was
uncorrectable with contacts (and glasses). She's been very happy with the
lasik. Although it
appears to have corrected her vision only to 20/30 or 20/40, she sees
better than she did with
lenses, and her night vision is actually better than it's ever been.
Ask about the eye surgeons' experience with laser. The more experience,
the better the results. Also ask if they do the eyes separately (the
safer, more conservative approach) or if they do both eyes at the same
Suggest you try Dr. Steve McLeod, Dr. David Hwang, Dr. Rich Abbott or
Dr. John Stanley at UCSF Vision Correction Center at 415/476-5021. It's
a university-based program where the surgeons have have conducted
FDA-monitored clinical trials, puublished articles and texts, lectured
internationally, and trained over 170 physicians in laser vision
correction techniques. At UCSF, you'll be asked to attend an
introductory session where a surgeon will answer any questions and talk
about the (relatively small) possibility of side-effects (such as halo
I haven't had laser surgery myself, yet. But I've interviewed all of the
surgeons at UCSF and find them quite impressive.
Channel 2 recently did a story on laser eye surgery. You can find their
http://www.bayinsider.com/news/1999/11/23/laser_eye.html I've thought of
having the surgery myself, but since I
can wear contacts easily, I've been told I should wait until there is even
more evidence of the safety of the
surgery. I do know two people who had the surgery because they had horrible
eyesight and could no longer wear
their contacts. Both have nearly 20/20 vision and have no side effects.
The Time magazine recently put out a cover story on this technology. It gave
the views (pardon the pun) of patients who had both successful surgeries and
Worth tracking down from your library and reading - it made me think twice
about the procedure.
From: jeanne (11/98)
Has anyone had laser surgery for farsightedness or astigmatism? Or does
anyone have a referral or feedback about a doctor they have liked that has
performed this form of Lasiks. I know that Lasiks has been around a
while for nearsightedness but it seems like it has only been FDA approved
for six months for people who are farsighted or have astigmatism. I was
not all that impressed with the doctor I met or the published success rate.
Any feedback would be appreciated. Jeanne
From: Jonathan (11/98)
I am nearsighted with a bit of astigmatism. I am sick to death of
glasses and contacts so decided to look into PRK and LASIK. I went to
LCA-Vision center in Concord. The office was very kind and
professional. They performed a series of tests to determine my
compatibility with their procedures (e.g. sure it can be done
Mr. Gardner) and one assistant and two doctor's talked to me at length
about the procedure. They even offered to allow me to sit in on some
procedures and operate the laser. . just kidding. . but seriously sit
in and actually watch the procedures being performed, but I didn't
have the time. While I was there, two women came in (separately) and
both had LASIK the day before. They were fine. One said her eyes
initially felt itchy, like some dust had gotten in them, but that
stopped the next day. Both said they were tired after the procedure
and went to rest, but neither complained of moderate or worse pain (at
least in my presence). So, why didn't I do it? $5,000 for two eyes,
I have too much debt already, and insurance won't cover it. Anyhow
the Concord office phone number is 925-688-0400, 1390 Willow Pass Rd
Suite 540, very close to Sun Valley Mall and Concord BART.
From: Joyce (12/98)
I had the surgery for nearsightedness and pretty bad astigmatism. Usually
your eye doctor refers you to a surgeon--I used Sanford Severin on
Solano. I couldn't wear my contacts anymore because of problems with my
corneas and didn't like wearing glasses. My optometrist had had it done
herself and could give me first hand information (Albany-Berkeley
Optometry on Solano). My eyes are now 20-20 in one eye and 20-30 in the
other. My options are to have an "enhancement" to being that eye to 20-20
(included in the cost) or to have "monovision" in which one eye sees far
and the other will allow me to read better close-up without glasses as I
get older. I have a year to decide.
You should also be aware that farsightedness in young eyes is not the
same thing as presbyopia--which is the form of farsightedness we get with
old eyes (and buy those Dr. Dean Edell glasses at Longs Drugs). I
understand that Lasik cannot correct that.
The cost was $4,200 for both eyes, and this includes complete follow up
care by my optometrist for one year.
From: Cecilia (12/98)
To the person considering laser eye surgery: there is a very
interesting site with some detailed technical information
on this topic at http://members.aol.com/eyeknowwhy
I'm nearsighted and I've been interested in this operation
ever since I started hearing about it.
It's hard to get unbiased technical information on this
subject because the experts (eye surgeons) have a vested
interest in it... I asked my eye doctor about his opinion
on laser eye surgery (he doesn't perform it) and his response
was telling: he didn't know any refractive surgeons who
had the procedure done on themselves! He suggested waiting
until more long-term studies were done.
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