QUOTE(blissful @ Aug 5 2010, 10:29 PM)
I was very interested to do Lasek. Even went for evaluation. Thank God that I found a very good ophthalmologist for a second opinion who warned me against lasek. Lasek surgery nowadays has become a major source of income especially to the eye centre that provide such services. They look at it more commercially rather than clinically. My Ophthalmologist is a harvard medical school graduate specialised in Refractive Surgery and despite that, his work ethic is good that he encourages his patient for Lasek only when their eye condition allows them to. so for those who are in doubt, i would recommend you to see this doctor
KL Eye Specialist Centre, Kepong 62500077
Went to KL Eye Specialist Centre this morning for secondary opinion (first opinion from SDMC) on my eye condition after reading the above posting. That's not the only factor involved however, another factor is: it's relatively near to my house.
Took a taxi to the centre (I foresee that after an eye examination, I wouldn't be able to drive because of the eyedrop medication will cause my pupil to dilate), and it's located across the road from Jusco Kepong.
Filled up a form and was called up to see the doctor in 20 minutes.
The doctor enquired about the history of the condition, and informed me that he will need to do some testing. Asked me to wait outside. 5 minutes later a nurse asked me to go into the inspection room. Did Snellen chart test, and then lens test to check if I need glasses (I don't). The nurse informed me that now she needs to put the eyedrop medication to dilate my pupil, and will take some 20 minutes and few drops over 5 minutes interval to fully dilate my pupil. Even showed me a model of an eyeball to explain.
So after 4 drops in 20 minutes, the doctor called me in to inspect my eye. I don't know what is the machine called, I have to rest my chin on a contraption, there's red LED in the centre, light and the doctor uses a kind of magnifying glass. Around 8-9 minutes of testing, the results:
1. CSR (Central Serous Retinopathy) - was told I have this, similar to what I've been told by SDMC.
2. Occurs in Type A personality - was told the same thing by SDMC,
3. 60% patient will heal in 3 months, 80% in 6 months, 100% in a year - SDMC didn't tell me this. Was only told by SDMC that the condition will heal by itself: which is too general. For me.
4. OCT Scan - another thing that SDMC didn't tell me. The doctor further explained that eventhough the condition will heal in time, but how do a patient knows that the condition is healed? The doctor told me that I need to go for OCT scan, and that there are only 2 places (doesn't specify where, but I assume in KL) that can do OCT scan: one of them is the Serdang Hospital (SDMC doesn't have the facility). He wrote me a referral letter, gave the numbers to call and explained how can I go about making an appointment at the private wing of the Serdang Hospital.
5. Billed RM125 - SDMC billed me for RM2xx and RM3xx for two visits to determine my eye condition.
Very satisfied with my visit. Fast, and there is certainly more staff per patient ratio (I counted 5 nurses at the counter at one time), so they can afford to give better care unlike a busier hospital like SDMC. The doctor tells it as it is: he have no OCT scanning facility, but that didn't deter him to inform me that I need to do the OCT scan, and the fact that I need to do it somewhere else. Nurse took time to explain any procedure that they want to do, even eyedrop medication. Doctor m-a-y-b-e thinking I need further convincing (you know, I'm the type of person who brings a newspaper article about an eye condition to a doctor, you know my type) even opened up his Harvard text book (still got highlighted texts, maybe from his student days) and showed me what the book said about CSR. Fee is relatively competitive also, absolutely lower than SDMC. Will go there again.