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05-18-2009, 05:43 PM
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Danny Briere will have corrective eye surgery, Tuesday (May 19)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers centre Danny Briere will have corrective eye surgery Tuesday.

General manager Paul Holmgren says Briere will have a procedure called photorefractive keratectomy. He will take a few weeks to recover.

Briere says his contact lenses bothered him at times during the season so he elected to have surgery.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Michael Fung at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=279152

Two eye surgeries in one offseason. Strange. Now somebody get Carter eye surgery.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=423134
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The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that center Danny Briere will undergo corrective eye surgery on Tuesday, May 19, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

Dr. Michael W. Fung, from Society Hill Ophthalmic Associates, will be performing the surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

"The procedure is called PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and takes about seven minutes per eye," said Dr. Fung. "He will see results fairly quickly, but the difference between PRK versus LASIK is that the visual outcome will take a few weeks before he gets to his final visual outcome as opposed to LASIK where he would be seeing better in a couple of days."

"There were times during the games this season it was kind of annoying when I was wearing contact lenses," said Briere. "They would get dry and start to bother me a little bit sitting on the bench. They told me it was a safe procedure and would be safe to play hockey so I am going to get it done."


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I wasn't even aware he wore contacts.

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Wonder why so many players were playing with contacts in to begin with...

That sucks.

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Two eye surgeries in one offseason. Strange. Now somebody get Carter eye surgery.
What does that mean?

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What does that mean?
Jeff "High and Wide" Carter.

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Jeff "High and Wide" Carter.
Oh my bad. How many goals did he have this season?

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Jeff "High and Wide" Carter.
you mean the guy who was second in goals in the nhl and led our team in points this year?

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I didn't make the comment, I'm just explaining why he made it.

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I didn't make the comment, I'm just explaining why he made it.
Understood. I still don't understand why he would make the comment. He only had 46 goals this seaon..

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Was gonna say that he missed quite a few but it turns out that he actually has a better shooting percentage than Ovie and Parise...

The benefit of checking before typing...

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NHL.com has another article, posted above in #1.

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Not sure if it's the same doctor but it is the same Hospital that Gagne had his eye surgery at. If we don't win the Cup next season, there's our scapegoat

Seriously though, hope everything goes fine and his vision improves as a result of it.

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Not sure if it's the same doctor but it is the same Hospital that Gagne had his eye surgery at. If we don't win the Cup next season, there's our scapegoat

Seriously though, hope everything goes fine and his vision improves as a result of it.

I actually used to work at the other major ophthalmology hospital in Philly. I was kinda rooting for it to be at Scheie instead of Wills.

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Danny boy was injured in like 5 different spots this season lol

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Was gonna say that he missed quite a few but it turns out that he actually has a better shooting percentage than Ovie and Parise...

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Shooting pct is calculated when you hit the net. Jeff is lethal when he hits the net. He still misses high and wide on many occasions though. Par for the course on this team.

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What does that mean?
He still missed the net a great deal at the end of the season. He was still 11th in missed shots with 116. It's a joke.

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The title of the thread makes it sound much worse than 'corrective eye surgery.'

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Shooting pct is calculated when you hit the net. Jeff is lethal when he hits the net. He still misses high and wide on many occasions though. Par for the course on this team.
Oh. Well there you go, you live and you learn

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The title of the thread makes it sound much worse than 'corrective eye surgery.'
I'll change it to... photorefractive keratectomy. OK, "corrective" it is.

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I'll change it to... photorefractive keratectomy. OK, "corrective" it is.

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Get well soon Danny boy!

Looks like we'll have ourselves a pirate hobbit.

Here's to a speedy recovery...


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FWIW; I believe that both Danny and Gags pretty much stated that it is the inconvenience of the contacts and the collateral effects of wearing them -- such as drying out and occasional eye irritation during games -- rather than lack of vision... I believe Danny even said (paraphrased) that he AT TIMES wore contacts, IIRC.

I really don't think that the procedure will have much effect on their point totals... except for maybe keeping their concentration more on the game, and less on discomfort, ergo; better play... Not being a contact wearer, I'm only surmising here.

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FWIW; I believe that both Danny and Gags pretty much stated that it is the inconvenience of the contacts and the collateral effects of wearing them -- such as drying out and occasional eye irritation during games -- rather than lack of vision... I believe Danny even said (paraphrased) that he AT TIMES wore contacts, IIRC.

I really don't think that the procedure will have much effect on their point totals... except for maybe keeping their concentration more on the game, and less on discomfort, ergo; better play... Not being a contact wearer, I'm only surmising here.
I just finished up my ophthalmology rotation and learned quite a bit about LASIK and PRK amongst other things. Wills is one of the best Eye hospitals in the world so I have utmost confidence in the surgeons. Both procedures are very safe and effective. However, dry eye often gets worse and you're using drops every 1-2 hours initially, but it does get better over time. I would only get the procedure if the contacts were constantly falling out/drying up or were painful.
Also, LASIK cannot improve your vision to greater than refractive lenses. Did LASIK on a pro athlete who played with 20/100 vision because he couldn't wear contacts. Made a huge difference for him, but wouldn't if he could have played with contacts in the first place.
The vast majority say quality of life goes way up after LASIK but it's mostly a convenience thing and not a vision thing. I doubt it effects their point totals at all. Hope it works out for the best!

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I just finished up my ophthalmology rotation and learned quite a bit about LASIK and PRK amongst other things. Wills is one of the best Eye hospitals in the world so I have utmost confidence in the surgeons. Both procedures are very safe and effective. However, dry eye often gets worse and you're using drops every 1-2 hours initially, but it does get better over time. I would only get the procedure if the contacts were constantly falling out/drying up or were painful.
Also, LASIK cannot improve your vision to greater than refractive lenses. Did LASIK on a pro athlete who played with 20/100 vision because he couldn't wear contacts. Made a huge difference for him, but wouldn't if he could have played with contacts in the first place.
The vast majority say quality of life goes way up after LASIK but it's mostly a convenience thing and not a vision thing. I doubt it effects their point totals at all. Hope it works out for the best!
Thanks much for the inside info -- refreshing to get real expert POV on matters such as this -- What I'm getting from your post is that the downside is mostly the increased dryness in the eyes... Briere seems to be saying that wearing contacts is an annoyance for him... I could see where losing one during the game could be a problem, with keeping spares on hand, and the time and care in replacing one.

In any case, what you're saying pretty much backs up what I was thinking... not to expect more goals next season.

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