Saturday, March 28, 2015

Epi-LASIK (Part 1)

Myopia has been a pretty big part of my life as I've had to wear glasses since I was about 8 years old!

Both my parents have myopia so it was pretty much set in stone that I'd inherit it too & plus I used to read a lot when I was young. Fast forward 17 years, I'm 25 years old (soon!) & my myopia stabilised at ~600 degrees. Most people I know have degrees ranging between 100-400 & only a few of us break that 500 degree barrier. LOL.

If you don't have a high degree like I do, you don't get how it's like to have a person stand in front of you & not be able to make out who it is... It's that bad!

I have worn contact lens on a daily basis since I was 15 years old & anytime I'm not wearing them, I'm in my spectacles. I put them on as soon as I wake up & take them off only right before I sleep. I even wear them into the shower & only take them off when I need to get my face wet!

You can say... I'm pretty handicapped due to my low vision.


Me in 2012!

The only 2 pictures of myself in spectacles that I've ever put on my blog (other than childhood ones).

I've always known I would be going for LASIK. It has always been my plan & a definite eventuality.
As I got older it became a simple matter of when to get round to it...

And that time is now!!!!

I went for a consultation with Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre some time back.
Their clinic is very conveniently located in town, just behind Lucky Plaza & next to Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre (where you will also go for some follow-ups with the eye doctor).

I'm sure most of you have heard of LASIK.
However recently there have actually been new procedures that are much, much better than LASIK!
You may have also heard of Epi-LASIK & ReLEx SMILE.

Those 2 are much newer procedures than LASIK & frankly I wouldn't recommend LASIK to anyone.

The procedure I will be going for is Epi-LASIK!
It's a better procedure than LASIK in sooo many ways.


You should set aside about 2-3 hours for your consultation, which will involve checking your cornea thickness, subjective refraction & so on. Your eyes will be dilated beforehand which means your near vision may be affected for a few hours afterwards! However personally I've gone through this eye dilation a few times (for this consultation & other eye checks when I was younger) & I've never had any problems afterwards; my vision was pretty much normal.

And essentially why Epi-LASIK is much better than LASIK:

Epi-LASIK is a non-invasive, surface based procedure, safer procedure that is suitable for almost everyone, even if you have been rejected for LASIK.

LASIK:
- Cornea is cut, flap is lifted up for the laser to remove tissue & reshape the cornea
- Duration: 15-20 mins per eye

Epi-LASIK:
- Topmost surface epithelium cells are removed before a laser reshapes the cornea
- The epithelium cells will self-heal
- Duration: About 5 mins per eye

Individuals with these characteristics below are still able to go for Epi-LASIK!
Myopia: Up to 1200 degrees
Hyperopia: Up to 300 degrees
Astigmatism: Up to 500 degrees

P.S. Both LASIK & ReLEx SMILE can only accept patients with myopia up to 1000 degrees.

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There are a TON of benefits of opting for a flapless & bladeless technique (Epi-LASIK)!

# Cutting a flap in your cornea can result in many complications such as flap wrinkles, infection, flap dislodgement & inflammation.

# You do not need to worry about suffering from long term dry eyes after LASIK as cornea nerves are not cut. Thousands of cornea nerve endings are cut when the cornea flap is created!

# You need not worry about the higher risk of traumatic cornea flap damage when engaging in sports.

And most importantly,

# You want to preserve precious cornea tissue for other possible procedures

This is very important as there is NO improvements or refinements that can be done after LASIK. Furthermore, as we age we may also face problems of "lau hua" (long-sighteness), which can still be corrected after an Epi-LASIK surgery.

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Regarding ReLEx SMILE, it also has similar benefits to Epi-LASIK of being flapless & bladeless.
However, here are some important cons of ReLEx SMILE:
# It can only be done once, any enhancements are only possible using Epi-LASIK
# Still a very new procedure & thus long-term side effects & success rates are yet to be established
# It is more expensive. LOL.

Here are some price comparisons for your perusal:
LASIK - ranges from $2364 (SNEC) to $2888 (Shinagawa)
Epi-LASIK - ranges from $3388 (Clearvision) to $3600 (SNEC)
ReLEx SMILE - ranges from $4376 (SNEC) to $5289 (LASIK Surgery)

SNEC refers to Singapore National Eye Centre by the way!

So as you can see, Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre is priced very competitively.
And honestly at $3000+ I think it's a pretty good investment for perfect vision the rest of your life!
If you add up the total cost of contact lens over the years & decades... 
Pretty sure permanent myopia correction is more worthwhile.

You can check out their website below (click image):

Their website is actually crazily informative, covering the procedure of Epi-LASIK as well as FAQs regarding medical leave & even claiming from insurance/Medisave.

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Find out if you're suitable for Epi-LASIK by giving them a call at +65 6100 2020 or email them at doctor@clearvision.com.sg. Website: www.clearvision.com.sg

Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre
6 Nutmeg Road
S(228337)

Quote "Sophie Willocq" at the counter to get S$121 off your Epi-LASIK package!

Friday, March 20, 2015

//TWFLP// Coffee Talk

The first blogpost in my series of TWFLP - The Wild Flower Land Project - (a name coined by Yutaki) which consists of Yutaki's & my first photography project together, where we travelled down under to Perth! I've actually been to Perth city many times & in my honest opinion it's quite a quiet town; shops close pretty early & in the evenings the town is really... empty.

However we booked an AirBnB 40 minutes away from Perth city & we loved it! Suburban/countryside Perth is really pretty & picturesque! We rented a car to get around & it was pretty fun. You can actually spot wild kangaroos & on one night I almost hit one that darted out unto the road suddenly O.O Luckily the road was empty & I simply swerved to avoid the bugger lol.


Googled for cafes in Perth & sadly they all close really early! (Neither Yutaki & I are really "day" people... we are night owls) I remember how we arrived at one at 3.45pm & they had already packed up everything because they close at 4pm...

I can't remember the name of the one we finally went to but the food was not bad!





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Friday, March 13, 2015

Being a tall girl in Singapore...

... You're at the back row of every year's class photo.

... People think you should be good at netball/basketball/sports in general, but erm. You're not.

... You're almost always the one on the chair in Captain's Ball.

... Dresses, and especially rompers, sold by blogshops are too short for you.

... You're considered "big" if you're not a UK6.

... You're the same height as, or taller than the average Singaporean guy.

... In heels you might as well be Hagrid.

... You hunch like Gollum in group photos with other girls.

... Major awkwardness is wearing 4-inch heels and having to bend down to hug someone.

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... You will probably have to get married wearing flats.



... I wear heels about 5 times a year.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Invisalign update!

Hello! It's been quite a couple of months since I started on my Invisalign so here's a quick update!
Sidenote: I'm typing this out before I nap then head to my dental appointment in the afternoon haha.

If you want more info on the basics/FAQs of Invisalign, you can read my original post HERE

I'm currently on set #11, out of an original stipulated 14 sets!

I say "stipulated" as this number is always open revision if during the treatment you decide you need further correction. Of course you can't choose to shorten the time & magically expect perfect teeth!

Recap: Each Invisalign set is changed every 2 weeks, thus 14 sets means the course of my treatment is 7 months. And being on the 11th set means it's been about 5 months!

Gosh it's actually only been such a short time but I feel like I've had them for ages because I've gotten so used to them! Wearing them is second nature/without a thought.

Pictures below are however from my 5th set, which puts treatment at ~2 months!



Here's my dental clinic! 
- WEST COAST DENTAL -


They have a few outlets; I usually go to Marina Square but on one occasion I went to their Bukit Timah one (located near Farrer Road). Marina Square is their newest outlet!

West Coast Dental Marina Square
Tel: 90303196

Raffles Boulevard #01-225 
Marina Square S(039594)

Monday to Friday:  10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
P.H. & Sunday: Closed


On your first visit you'll get 2 Invisalign cases (for you to keep your aligners in during meals).
On subsequent visits the aligners are placed in these small pouches.

Each time you'll get 3 sets, which should last you 1.5 months! Each visit every 1.5 months is to collect new aligners & just to check that everything is going fine. Takes less than 15 minutes!

Of course if you're going to be away for a while or something like that, you can discuss with your dentist regarding getting more sets.

So on that day I received set #6, #7 & #8! Don't worry about ever mixing up the ziplocs or anything like that, as each aligner (top + bottom) has a small print stating which set number it is.

My usual close-lipped smile the last few years! 
I can't even remember how it was like to smile with teeth to be honest. Even though my teeth now are much, much straighter so I should lose the self-consciousness, I'm still not used to it!

AND SMILING WITH TEETH.... *drumroll*



Haha ok to note once again that this photo was taken after 2.5 months of treatment!
Surprisingly I can already see a difference.

The insert shows my teeth at the start of treatment, cropped from a picture in my first post!
You can already see how my front 2 teeth are less Bugs Bunnyish!

I'm not quite sure yet if it has affected my face shape! 
For some cases, protruding/uneven/whatever not jaws & lips can be corrected by getting your teeth fixed! It's hard to know without speaking to your dentist!

For my case, at the start my dentist informed me it wouldn't change my face much as I didn't do a large correction (mostly straightening & pushing back). However I'm still wondering if it has!

Unfortunately I see my face every day luh...

So can't tell hahahaha. And also I have stopped taking as many selfies as I did years ago (I swear) so I'm less up-to-date on how my face looks LOL. Previously I used to take pictures against a blank wall for adverts & so on, so a difference would have been easier to spot. In fact that was when I realised my teeth had shifted & were starting to look really obvious in pictures !*cries*

Here's a picture I took very, very recently. Clearly, on 31st December.
Don't know if there's a change! 
I'm wearing my aligners in this picture; set #11, so 5+ months treatment.

I'm out of focus so that she's in focus! #selfsacrifice

Invisalign is really great at being unnoticeable; most people get a shock when I suddenly take out my aligners before meals! (yah I have no shame I don't do it in private or anything haha)

As I have been repeating to my friends, if you're going to spend money on something it should be your teeth because that's really for a lifetime! Plus if you're going to look better, why not start younger right? And especially at your prime? Plus more years to enjoy looking better? LOL.


Call 91785634 to arrange a consultation.
Marina Square is currently still offering FREE consultations!

P.S. Quote my name to get a special rate on your Invisalign!

** Also take advantage of the fact that the Marina Square outlet is not yet charging GST! **

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And on to dinner at Hippopotamus after my appointment...
Just right opposite the clinic in fact!

When I was living in France as a child I ate at Hippopotamus all.the.time as it was one of those children-friendly family restaurants with activity books for each child at the table & so on!
So I was quite excited when it came to Singapore, though I must be honest that as a child I had no inkling whatsoever whether their steaks or even their food was good.

All I cared about were the free balloons you take home luh...


So now as a discerning 24-year-old connoisseur (lol), I must say I'm impressed!
The steaks were good & really value for money! I would definitely return.

Plus the pommes gratin (potatoes with cheese crust) & mushrooms were super yummy!
Major love both my sides (you can choose others). 

OM NOM NOM NOM
Everything on my plate was yummy!

Ok bye! Meeting my friend for coffee before my appointment as her slot is 2pm & mine is 4pm haha.

P.S. Do you guys obsess about what you eat/drink before a visit to the dentist's?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas 2012

Remember I mentioned clearing my 2012 Europe pictures by 2014? (I say it like it's normal...)
WELL, ALMOST. I'm still left with my Norway pictures from the days after Christmas. 
But at least I'm not blogging Christmas 2012 in 2015...?

Back to topic. Christmas was spent at my half-sister's countryside home about 2 hours away from central Paris! Imagine my horror when I got there & realised... THEY HAVE NO WIFI THERE.

So... I paid $150 to Singtel for 5 days of data haha.
#wortheverypenny

Here's beginning my last post of 2014 with a selfie:


With my half-nephew, Hugo!




What do people normally do in the countryside? Go for walks...








View of the house from the very end of the garden!

And some cows on the opposite side of the fence.

Some festive cuteness! But #adoptdontbuy #dontbuyapetjustbecauseitscute #bunniesarehardtocarefor

IMPOSTER #1 Spot the guinea pig hahaha

IMPOSTER #2 "Christmas Day. No one has noticed I'm not one of them"










WHAT HAPPENS EVERY TIME A YOUNGER RELATIVE GETS THEIR HANDS ON YOUR PHONE & DISCOVERS THAT IT HAS GAMES. #goodbyephone


I brought Santa hats! I have a ridiculous amount of festive-season-related novelty items.


L'aperitif! Champagne for the adults & sparkling juice for the kids.
I loveeee the crusty toasted baguettes with the various toppings. Major yummy.

Looking at my flip-out screen instead of the camera lens #basicallyeverypersontousemycamera

Random Hello Kitty lock I got from a turn-turn machine at the supermarket!


Began the last post of 2014 with a selfie, ending the last post of 2014 with a selfie.

May or may not do a "summary of 2014" thingamajig...
May or may not do resolutions... (I never do any because I know they'll fail LOL)

Have fun with yours! 
Till then,

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

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