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Date: Thu May 7 6:15 AM, 2015
Brief review of my CXL + T-PRK experience in Montreal,Canada.
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Hello all,

First of all I would like to say that I have learned a lot on this forum prior to my surgery and I owe a big thanks to everyone who has contributed as it was one of the best sources I had that helped me understand what I was going through and also analyse which option seemed best fit for my situation.

A bit of background

I only discovered I had KC in December 2014, although I blame myself for having waited that long before actually going to get my eyes checked.
Last time I had a perfect vision was when I was about 18 years old, I am now 26. My vision only got really bad when I was about 24 years old, I couldn't see in class unless I was sitting first row, driving at night became impossible, and recognizing faces were getting really hard unless they were not more than about 5 meters away. I lived with it and didn't even bother to check an optometrist since I was really low on budget and of my great dislike in going to the doctor. I'm pretty sure you are all familiar with the symptoms and I don't need to go more into the details of those.

So in December of 2014 ( I was 25 ) I went to Lebanon for the funeral of my grand-father, during that time my relatives advised me to go check a doctor that was known for his good practice with eye surgeries in Lebanon, I went thinking that he will perform lasik on me and I will gain my eyesight back to 20/20 crystal clear, but as soon as I sat down on that machine where you have to look and you see that red hot-air balloon, he noticed that the numbers were off the chart and then did all those scans to check the cornea and he told me I had keratoconus and that it was past beyond the beginner stage of it, it was between beginner and advanced. He explained everything to me about it and suggested that I get it treated ASAP. Although he suggested corneal rings as a treatment I told him I would rather do this when I go back to Montreal since it is where I am usually living.

Back to Montreal, I immediately booked an appointment at LasikMD, I did not tell them I had any condition I just wanted to see if they will tell me the same thing my doctor in Lebanon told me, and sure enough they both had the same sad conclusion.

At LasikMD, they suggested CXL with T-PRK, I had no idea what any of these procedures were at the time so I began my research and really ( in my opinion ) it almost seemed like a cure to me after everything I read. Although a lot of people here and elsewhere were not satisfied with there results, It seemed to me like the best route to go and wish for the best.

Now I know everyone is different, what kind of scared me is every time I read a story people were always saying how it is very important to take time to find the best surgeons there is, but bare in mind that it is not always possible to find a one time opinion that will work for a surgeon, and in my case I found nothing at all about mine besides what studies he has performed and in what field he was the most interested in, and in my case I felt comfortable into going with him. Also, a lot of people were criticizing how some doctors felt "business sided" more than anything, in my opinion this might be true of course but I kept in mind that it would also be unfair to disregard a doctor's personal achievements or skill level based on how they do business. At the end of the day what mattered to me is the studies they did, the numbers of patients they have treated as well as the research they were interested in. That being said, my doctor was Louis Racine, yes he seemed not too preoccupied with me as in "holding my hand" before the surgery, but to me that did not matter at all.

I did the surgery on the 28th of April 2015, the T-PRK+CXL. My corneal thickness was on average around 460 on both eyes ( pre-op ). 
The procedure itself was not painful, probaby the most painful part to me was when they applied the bandage lens. I did feel some pain when I arrived home but as soon as I took the painkillers I was able to sleep and disregard the pain. 

The following day was a miracle to me, I was already seeing way better than pre-OP already, and the doctor was really happy that I was reading the "20/30" line. on both eyes. I was amazed and surprised, the distances seemed different, the colors too, the sharpness as well improved and the doctors were really happy in general. 

And it only got better, today has been 8 days since my surgery and I had an appointment this morning. They took out the bandage lens and my vision got a little bit worse but according to the research I've done this is quite normal and it should start improving again.

I would like to add that the light-sensitivity isn't bad at all, and thank god I do not have any haze or halo's yet and I hope it will not occur later on.

I hope this post helped someone out there and I would be of better help with answering questions than keep on writing at this point.

Thank you very much for each and everyone of you and I wish the best to all.

Khalil.



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Date: Thu May 7 7:01 AM, 2015
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Congrats on your newly gained vision, may it continue to bring you Joy

Its good that you found the right Dr for your treatment relativity early. Most try contact lenses before they opt (if ever) for surgery.



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Date: Thu May 7 9:01 PM, 2015
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Hi Kelly and thank you for your kind words,

Yes I did act asap.. To me it made sense to do it while I still have some corneal thickness left :)

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Date: Sat May 9 12:58 PM, 2015
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I am so happy for you!!! I believe that halting the progression of this disease ASAP is key! It is very exciting to read your results because I feel that if I had had this option at your age I would be having similar results. As it is, everyday I feel like my LE has had a miracle performed on it! My RE has central scarring from RGP wear for many years and is not as good! But the fact that I can see as good as I do with soft topics pleases me tremendously. As for the light sensitivity, I appear to be backward from others here on the forum. For 26 years I felt like a vampire. The sun at times was almost painful. I NEVER went outside in the summer without sunglasses. Now my eyes like bright sunny days and I just look around in amazement of how good I can see and how comfortable my eyes are all the time with the soft lens. Also, the sunglasses almost put a "filter" over my vision. Please tell us more as your eyes continue to heal. My hope is that all young people diagnosed with KC can be "healed" as it were!

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Date: Tue Apr 25 9:14 AM, 2017
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Hi khalil,

I m glad for your vision improvement. I am going through the same experience as well. I will really like to know what is your point of view and your improvement until now with your vision. It will really help me to make a better decision.

 

thanks

 

Khadija



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Date: Wed Apr 26 3:15 AM, 2017
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Dear Khadija,

In my experience it has been nothing but positive, I feel like everything is pretty stable at the moment. I still can't believe how I used to live with the vision I had before surgery, I really hope it stays this way
Wish you the best and if you have any specific question please feel free to ask



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