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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
Hi guys,

I looked at a previous thread, but it hasn't had any activity in a few months. Figured I would cover myself and start one here aswell. Basically I'm interested in the surgery and would like any comments or advice from people who have had the procedure. Also any money off vouchers would help me a great deal.
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Hi I've had laser surgery on my eyes and it was the best decision I ever made! I had them both done at once, and it was very uncomfotable for me for around a week. My eyes were 'active' even when my eyes were shut, but the sleeping pills and pain killers that were given to me helped a lot! I had the procedure done around 6 years ago, my eyes are still sensitive, but not too much. Night vision isnt has good as it used to be but not much of a difference really. I would defo do it again! Good luck finding a good deal!
#2
thanks sbrayna!
#3
One of the best decisions I ever made! After 20 years of contact lenses I wish I'd had it done much sooner.
Surgery takes a matter of seconds, recovery is made in hours, perfect vision within 24 hours. There are plenty of specialists around, book an appointment with one (it's free!) find out if you are suitable and ask loads of questions.
My prescription was -2.5 and -1.75 and I paid a total of £1090 (£695 for higher power and £395 for lower) for the basic surgery.
#4
pugw4sh, any discomfort or problem afterwards? how long ago did you get it done? What company did you use?
#5
had mine done with optimax a few years back

like the others say best decision ive made, was painful for a few days but they give u anaesetic drops to ease that and was well worth it to get normal vision back!

cost me £900 for both on a 18 month £50 a month interest free plan

Edited By: onlyme23 on Jan 04, 2011 13:26
#6
do it...the best thing I've ever done. Pay to get the best service, I had mine done at Moorfields Eye Hospital as a private patient.
#7
ham82
pugw4sh, any discomfort or problem afterwards? how long ago did you get it done? What company did you use?


No real problems, just a couple of days of bloods spots on the cornea (not uncommon). Had the surgery done in 2008 by Optical Express in Manchester.
#8
thanks pugw$sh
#9
patience_1
do it...the best thing I've ever done. Pay to get the best service, I had mine done at Moorfields Eye Hospital as a private patient.
how much did it cost at moorfields
#10
Well, just taken the plunge. Have booked my free consultation for next week!
#11
Is there an age limit? I'm 17, probably won't get it for a few years but I'm just curious. Also, can you get it done for longsitedness, i need +3 in each eye.
#12
not sure about age limit but they can sort all sorts of eye conditions. I have been reading some sites online, I would suggest you get reading up on it too sugdude.
#13
sugdude
Is there an age limit? I'm 17, probably won't get it for a few years but I'm just curious. Also, can you get it done for longsitedness, i need +3 in each eye.


It is a known fact that people experience a constant change in vision throughout adolescence and sometimes well until the mid to late 20s. That is, the refraction stabilizes typically around the age of 18. For myopic people, the benchmark is somewhere between the mid to late 20s. Undergoing LASIK prior to that age is nothing but a futile attempt to achieve enhanced visual acuity, since the patient will nevertheless require another surgery when the prescription stabilizes.

A preoperative examination conducted prior to the age of 18 might result in incorrect measurements, and consequently, an appropriate correction via LASIK. Patients suffering from a higher degree of myopia or astigmatism should defer the surgery a wee bit longer than others - normally until the age of 21 or so. In essence, you must have had a stable prescription for at least two years, and then only you should plan to undergo LASIK surgery. If you wish to go for custom LASIK, the minimum age is the same as that for conventional LASIK.

There is no upper age limit for LASIK surgery. Even a 50 or 60 year old person may opt for LASIK. The point is that LASIK can very well correct the refractive error of a myopic patient at any stage of the patient's life, provided the patient's eyes are otherwise healthy. That is, LASIK will impart clear distant vision to any person irrespective of the age. However, age related deterioration of the vision may still occur. For instance, almost every person suffers from presbyopia (or short arm syndrome) beyond the age of 40. Presbyopia entails the loss of accommodation power of the lens. Hence, people typically require reading glasses after the age of 40.
#14
Didnt know you were thinking of getting this done. be well weird to see you without glasses lol.
#15
thinking about it for ages tbh, just havent had the nerve or money to go through with it. now you can pay in installments. Hope I don't miss a payment, they might send the repo men after my eys!!
#16
ham82
thinking about it for ages tbh, just havent had the nerve or money to go through with it. now you can pay in installments. Hope I don't miss a payment, they might send the repo men after my eys!!


i'd love that job.

' al'right san, which one is yer good eye??'
#17
those eyes are TIGHT san.....naaaaaaa meeeeaaan!
#18
I had laser surgery 16 years ago - cost £4,000 then! - and have never looked back (excuse the pun!) It is brilliant - do it, you won't regret it! -8 diop short sightedness corrected.

Edited By: VdubTub on Jan 05, 2011 18:01
#19
Couldn't have mine done as my corneas are too thin!! Only thing I can have is implantable contact lenses which i'm not as keen on the idea of and they are considerably more expensive!! The best way to get discounts is to register your interest on the websites, they then start sending you frequest discount vouchers, especially optical express and optimax! Have friends that have had it done and are all really pleased with the results...good luck ;)
#20
thanks everyone, still a little nervous but my consultation is still on for monday!
#21
ham82
thanks everyone, still a little nervous but my consultation is still on for monday!


Good luck!
#22
I had mine done august 2008 at optical express.

This may sound a little daft considering we are talking about surgery but don't be afraid to barter a little. I had my free consolation and they quoted me just over £3000. I said thanks but no thanks and left.

A month later they called me back and offered me closer to £2000. I'm on the phone with them after this and wangle it down further and they than offer me an additional £200 off to fill in a canceled appointment if it meant I have it in 2 days time. I said ok and it cost me a little under £1400.

I appreciate people will tell you that you can't put a price on you health, but if they can treat lower prescriptions at £400 an eye and still make a healthy profit it shows how much room you have for negotiation when they quote you something like £2000 an eye!
#23
thanks VdubTub!

teamhuw, that's great advice thank you very much!
#24
Am also thinking of this, my wife had it done years ago and has never regretted it, Am thinking of using optical express at Bluewater, convenient, if a bit of an odd setting.

Do read up about it, there are plenty of advice sites. For instance, one of the things that made me consider it now is the intralase bit, a process which uses lasers to cut the initial flap, which apparently reduces the 2 main issues of dry eyes and night vision issues.
#25
thanks evilmonkey!
#26
Moorfields cost me £750 17 years ago, but it was partly subsidised by the nhs because it was part of a trial of lasers. I think now it costs about £3000 for 2 eyes.
#27
YIKES! I'm just glad that they have a payment plan. I was getting a voucher from a member here but it seems to be out of date so I guess it's the full whack!
#28
well today is the day of the consultation.

What questions should I be asking?
#29
who are you going to as I think I have a £300 off voucher for ultralase, I went with optical express in the end £895 for both eyes but after 2yrs they aren't as good as they 1st were, haven't had a test in over a year think I'll get test but don't feel as good.
#30
just got back from my consultation and it was fine. Thanks elaine but I got a voucher from someone on here already!
#31
Well the one I want is the most expensive (just my luck). Anyone got a spare couple grand laying around? (It's for a good cause)
#32
ham82
Well the one I want is the most expensive (just my luck). Anyone got a spare couple grand laying around? (It's for a good cause)


what are the options?
#33
shanecr
ham82
Well the one I want is the most expensive (just my luck). Anyone got a spare couple grand laying around? (It's for a good cause)


what are the options?


LASIK or LASEK (I'm LASIK)
wavefront and mechanical (the one I'm getting)
wavefront and intralase (the one I want)

I think there is another 2 options but I forget what they were!
#34
ham82
shanecr
ham82
Well the one I want is the most expensive (just my luck). Anyone got a spare couple grand laying around? (It's for a good cause)


what are the options?


LASIK or LASEK (I'm LASIK)
wavefront and mechanical (the one I'm getting)
wavefront and intralase (the one I want)

I think there is another 2 options but I forget what they were!


doesnt mean much to me. whats the difference?
#35
the one i want gives better night vision and your normal vision will BETTER than 20-20
#36
mumbojumbo
shanecr
ham82
shanecr
ham82
Well the one I want is the most expensive (just my luck). Anyone got a spare couple grand laying around? (It's for a good cause)


what are the options?


LASIK or LASEK (I'm LASIK)
wavefront and mechanical (the one I'm getting)
wavefront and intralase (the one I want)

I think there is another 2 options but I forget what they were!


doesnt mean much to me. whats the difference?


LASIK is the standard treatment. LASEK is a newer treatment for people with corneas too thin to take the standard treatment - it involves cutting a thinner flap to the front of the eye.

Wavefront is the name of the actual excimer laser procedure, which involves making laser cuts to the cornea to reshape it.

A mechanical procedure refers to a the use of an actual blade - a microkeratome - to make the corneal flap. Intralase uses a laser to cut the flap.


yeah, what they said!
#37
I went for a consultation and was accepted for the treatment. But could not afford to have it done :( So I didn't bother. Now I get lots of offers. I just had one offering £500 off the £1300 is was going to cost. But still cannot afford it. Even in installments. So if you have the consultation and leave it a while you will get some offers for money off. Just thought it may help.
#38
thanks Zargone
#39
Had a voucher from someone here and was offered a discount as I took a cancelled slot. I have decided to "upgrade" and go for the wavefront intralse, gonna be paying it back for some time and it will be a struggle but I think it's for the best!
#40
Had mine done in October 2010.
Best thing I have done. Treatment was fast and painless.
After care was good, had three aftercare appointments and they only discharge you if they and you are happy. Had mine done at Optical Express.
Good luck

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