Ratings for Dr. Yvonne Buys
At 9:45 AM on Friday, February 16, 2018, I received a telephone call from the receptionist at the Glaucoma Clinic of Dr. Yvonne Buys at Toronto Western Hospital. My trabeculectomy scheduled for February 20, 2018 was cancelled. The excuse? A “nursing shortage”. Patients are being used as pawns in contract negotiations between nurses’ union and hospital management. My family physician had already completed their Pre-Operative History form which is now useless. I paid for a flight to and from Toronto and three post-surgical nights at a hotel which is over a thousand-dollar loss for me. I was told on January 31, 2018, that without this surgery I would be blind within a year. Now Toronto Western re-scheduled my surgery for April 17, 2018. This means I will be blind within an even shorter timeframe.
I have been a patient of Dr Buys for nearly 5 years. Always impressed by the care of her and her staff. I really feel she has saved my sight. Before seeing Dr Buys I was told I had advanced glaucoma and would likely be blind in a year. Had surgery to both eyes with Dr Buys and not only am I able to see my vision is even better! Thank you Dr Buys for the gift of sight.
Have been her patient since April 1995. Referred by my local eye surgeon when I was 40 as he diagnosed advanced glaucoma! with in 2 weeks had trabectolectomies. Have had 7 total plus laser, plus cataracts x 3, plus emergency repairs to Rt eye (gardening accident) with donor tissue, plus emergency repairs to left eye caused by severe coughing (donor tissue plus numerous emergency visits snd always fit me in, I know I would have lost my eye sight in the 1990s had it not been for the great care I've received. Have now SEEN both daughters graduate university, SEEN their weddings and recently SEEN my new grandson. Thankyou
WORS'T experience of my life. Dr. Buy's appears to be training her staff now to do procedures that perhaps she once did. I saw her about narrow angles in my eyes - she insisted that I was a possible candidate for sudden onset glaucoma and that I would need to have an iradotomy - asap - and they could do it immediately. I wasn't aware that SHE wasn't doing it - and I had trusted her somewhat as she did our late-mothers cataracts. It was a frightening experience. And three months later -my eyes have never been the same. I have a constant glare that affects my vision and in certain light - primarily when I'm outside in bright light I find it very hard to see. I get a white line that impedes my line of vision. It's been over 3 months now - and I was told that it might go away after a few months. Well, it appears that isn't going to happen. I'm 50 years old! I still have to work and it's a constant struggle. I think more research needs to be addressed before you subject people to this laser surgery!! Obviously where the holes from the iridotomy were made - are causing this. Her bedside manner is AWFUL she has no regard for the final outcome of the procedure and is very nonchalant about the complication - which was NEVER stated prior to the procedure. I'm frankly disgusted with her disregard for her patients. She is NOT approachable - she is not kind - and I would never recommend this doctor to anyone!
I think Dr. Buys is an EXCELLENT DOCTOR OF OPTHALMOLOGY and her staff has been very accommodating. She tries to keep her appointments on time and I have never had to wait too long. Dr. Buys understands the position I am in with having very little vision in one eye and have to depend on the other eye. She takes this into consideration when every she exams me and explains what is happening in detail.
This doctor is the least approachable doctor I have ever encountered. She is not kind and is very cold. She makes you fell like you are bothering her by asking questions. I wouldn't know how good her knowledge is becauseasy she doesn't make it easy to ask her questions.
My vision has been impaired by the procedure performed. I was never informed that someone other than Dr. Buys would be performing the procedure. On the day of surgery, Dr. Buys called me in to put drops in my eyes and have me sign consent. She then said, "You'll be called in shortly." Another very young doctor called me in, set me up, and immediately went to work. The room was very, very hot with no air movement. The laser hurt, and I soon felt myself getting faint. I told the doctor I was feeling sick. She didn't reply - just continued with the zaps. I told her I was feeling faint. Same lack of response. I said I might pass out. No response. I couldn't move my head away b/c she had hold of my eye with a device. Finally, I felt myself passing out and said, "Okay, I'm going to pass out! Here I go!" and next I knew I was resting my forehead in the chin. She didn't know how to deal with me. (By the way, Dr. Buys later told my husband and me that feeling faint isn't incoming with the procedure - something to do with the nerve that is being stimulated. Thanks for telling me and for telling the doctor performing the procedure on me!) I asked the doctor to get my husband from the waiting room. He put a cold, wet cloth on my face and neck. Cut to Dr. Buys checking my eyes immediately after the procedure and telling the doctor that she had "left strands" in both eyes and to remove them b/c "we don't want her to have to come back again for more treatment." When the performing doctor put the suction cup back on my left eye, I could see it wasn't on properly. I told her this. She said it was fine. After doing several zaps, she realized it wasn't on properly and she adjusted it. At one point, she said she had "hurried with the procedure b/c I didn't want you to faint." Worse than all this = the procedure has left me with areas of blurred vision in my left eye. It is permanent - like wearing glasses with smudges on the lens that I can never clean. I returned to see if there was any way to fix it. A different doctor did the check up. She put drops in my eyes and THEN informed me my vision would be impaired for the next six hours! Dr. Buys came in and said she and the other doctor were going for lunch and told me to return 45 minutes later for the rest of the assessment! The other doctor (Dr. Green) said, "Well, we took too long to get through the questions!" When we did return, Dr. Buys poorly explained a procedure to put "tattoos" on my (retina) to block the holes causing the blurred vision. She said she and the other doctors perform "hundreds" of the procedures I had had, and that most people don't end up with impaired vision. She, and her assistant, repeated at least 3 times throughout this exam that I had signed a consent form stating I was aware of a chance of this happening. There was NO apology, NO appearance of concern for me. No real attempt to rectify the situation. It was disgusting. I suggest, if you do agree to surgery with Dr. Buys, you at least make her commit to doing the procedure HERSELF rather than underhandedly passing it off to a less-experienced doctor. Perhaps Dr. Buys will care a bit more about the outcome when her own personal reputation is on the line. (For her own sake, she should make an attempt to develop a personality. There is a unnerving automaton quality to her.) Better than this, though. I strongly suggest you ask your doctor for another referral altogether. Don't take chances with your vision!
I have been seeing this Dr. for 10 years due to high pressures in my eyes. I was assured, after a mathematical calculation that my chances of developing glaucoma was less than 10%. Despite the fact that my eye pressures have been consistently over 20, in the rage of 20-24,25 other than once when one of my eyes measured 19, never once did this dr suggest anything to reduce the eye pressures. About 2 months ago my pressures increased further and I was told there was a change in the angle. I was placed on drops, which I couldn't tolerate. I have allergies to medications and whatever is in eye drops reacts negatively with my system. I returned after a month and was told laser treatment was necessary, we had never talked about laser treatment. I was told that the situation was urgent and agreed to the treatment. Of course she did not do the treatment, this was done by a fellow, Dr. Buys appears to hand off as much as possible to fellows. I returned a month later and the pressures are even higher!! Despite knowing and confirming I have negative reactions to medications, I was told I have to simply try to use the drops, I was further told that the drops being prescribed would in fact cause allergic reactions, but my only alternative is surgery and there are risks with surgery. This dr. has never shown an ounce of compassion, certainly with me she is cold and behaves like an automaton. I used the drops for 2 days, on the second day my sight was blurred, I had a headache, my chest was tight, when I stood up from a seared position things went momentarily black and I was nauseous. My eyes felt like burning coals had been placed on top of them. I was told I simply need to get used to the side effects?? My biggest problem is that after 10 years, seeing this dr every 7-8 months I'm now faced with an urgent situation, how does this happen, malpractice certainly seems a possibility. New staff and the new lady is nice, helpful and returns calls. A nice change from the rude assistant that was there for years.
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