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Glasses, Contacts or Laser Eye Treatment?

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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
Was wondering if some of the HUKD members could comment on what they think is best and their own experiences with the above.

Have worn glasses since childhood but was thinking of a change, its just that i don't like the thought of sticking things in my eyes or having laser eye treatment if something goes wrong. Has anyone has laser eye treatment on here?

Have been on the fence for some time now about whether to try out contact lenses to see what they are like.
Some own user experiences will be useful and grateful for all your replies.

Thanks.
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
My brother had eye laser treatment & says it is brilliant, he no longer has strong lenses in his glasses & only needs them for reading & close work
#2
I don't wear glasses yet but my partner who has done since he was 5 or so occasionly wears contact lenses.He has tried to wear them everyday in the past but not had much luck,he's had many eye infections.
Then there was a time he forgot to rinse them off with some solution and almost burnt his eye.They were the monthly ones that you kept in a certain solution to clean them and then they needed to be rinsed off in some other solution before wearing. He uses daily ones at moment but he probably does only wear them a few times a mth.
Don't know anything about eye lasar treatment.
#3
Also a lot of opticians do usually give a free mths trial on contact lenses so maybe try that and see what you think. I suppose the lasar thing more cost effective in the long term.
#4
Listened to radio 2 programme about laser treatment and the number of times thing went wrong and people wern't told what might go wrong are very scary and they also explained what the surgery involved and I changed my mind completely you could try contact lenses but I'll stick with glasses,;-)
#5
I have been wearing lenses for about 10 years now. Like you I'm tempted by laser surgery but a bit of a fraidy-cat if I'm honest!

I use extended wear lenses that you keep in all day and all night for a whole month, then swap for a fresh pair. It's so nice being able to see clearly as soon as you open your eyes in the morning and they don't dry out like some of the lenses I've used in the past. I also like them because it saves all that faffing about with solutions and cases and I guess you must be less likely to get infections if you're not putting them in and taking them out every day!

Can't remember the exact name of them at the moment but if you're interested I can find out for you.
#6
My son wore glasses from very little, didn't get on with contacts and took the plunge with both eyes laser surgery. It took a while for his eyes to settle and stop being really dry but he's glad he did and doesn't need any lenses or anything now. All rather frightening and we were relieved it all worked out well in the end. Both my hubby and I have worn glasses all our lives, although O/H mainly contact lenses at work. I think that my eyesight is so bad that glasses are the only option for me - saves me having to decide!!
[helper]#7
Have a read of this before going ahead with laser surgery. It will give you more information on which to base your decision
http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/ip/IPG164publicinfo.pdf

Nice is the official organisation that advises the Govt on the effectiveness of health treatments. They tend to be very thorough.

My mum had it done but until the success rate improves a bit - I think I'll wait.

Thought about those new contacts you wear when you're asleep? they change the shape of the eye for around 12 hours so you don't need to wear contacts or glasses during the day.
#8
i wear both contacts and glasses, just got a lovely pair of designer ones that stand out (usually have ones that blend in) and couldnt decide between them and putting contacts in for a night out as they looked so good. i had same problem about putting things in eyes but mum had had them for years and so i gave it a go with the free trial. you dont actually see your finger when u doing it as it goes in the side and when you blink it moves into position. i found the dailys worked best for me as they are very thin and you dont know you have them in and no worrys about cleaning and also you can choose what you want to do that day glasses or contacts as if you have the monthlys they have to be disposed of 30 days after first use.
mum had the lasik? treatment as she was close to registered blind and they had to cut into the eye yuk yuk but she loves not wearing her milk bottle glasses as if she wore her contacts she had to have short sighted in one eye and long in the other!!!! for every scare story there is probably 10 success stories too

best thing to do is take up one of the free trials but find one that does a free contact lens check with it too as they do more measurements than a normal eye check or it wont end up free,
corinne
#9
Wore glasses since I was 11.
Tried hard contact lenses when I was 19. Uncomfortable.
Tried soft lenses (didn't have monthlies or dailies or anything like that then) when I was 23. My eyes were too dry so the lenses dried up - like having bits of soggy Sellotape in your eyes.
So for the next 23 years just stuck with glasses.
Had Lasik laser surgery in 2000 at a place in Chester. Didn't hurt at the time but did afterwards for a few weeks - like sand in my eyes. But after that, BRILLIANT!!
Went from a prescription of -4.5/-6.0 with astigmatism to -0.5/+0.5 with no astigmatism. I can now see better than anyone I know.
Peripheral vision's great. No steaming up. I can see when I'm swimming. I can wear proper sunglasses etc etc.
Downside? The lights at night sometimes get a bit starburst. And because I'm getting old I have to put glasses on for close work instead of taking them off.
One of the best things I've done is having the surgery. But there are risks. Find out what they are from the people who do the surgery and make your own mind up whether they are worth it. They were for me.

It's been 8 years since my surgery but I still catch myself sometimes going to take my glasses off before getting into bed!
#10
Yeah cheers for the replies. I didnt realise about the free trials that are on offer. Think might give them a go. As for laser eye treatment, it is an option for the future and as far as ultralase go, i think that they could end up giving it me for free considering the amount of offers i get through the post... im getting a least one every month!

Do specsavers do free contacts trials?
#11
I had laser eye treatment when it first came in to the UK. approx 15 years ago. I still have 20/20 vision. It is absolutely superb, Go for it
#12
My husband had laser treatment approx 7 years ago and hasn't looked back! He still has perfect vision with no side effects. He had very poor vision before -6.00 and found everyday life difficult (ie reading in bed etc). He highly recommends it.

I wear daily disposable contact lenses. I wear them everyday from 8am til 10pm and on the whole they are extremely comfortable and I have never had an infection. I don't wear them for vanity reasons as i quite like my glasses but I feel I see better with them. They don't get rain splattered or steamed up and give total all round vision unlike glasses. I do suffer from some eye dryness so have to remember to take them out earlier some days or go without them once in a while.
#13
My son of 9 has -10.00 prescription glasses, I'm very interested in how laser surgery progresses over the coming years in the hope that by the time he's 18 the success rate will be excellent and he would benefit from surgery.
#14
My eyes were -6.5 each, and I had laser surgery. I had to travel from Ireland to England to have it done, and so I got both eyes done at once. for the first week my sight wasn't great, and I had to use loads of anti-inflammatory eye drops. I was really down for that week as I had heard so many reports of people coming out and being able to see so well straight away, and I really thought I had wasted my money. However after a week all the inflammation settled down and I was able to see perfectly. That was 7 years ago and I have never had a problem or a moment's regret since.
#15
I've needed glasses since I was about 14. I started using monthly contact lenses when I was about 18, it's a pain to clean them each night and to put them in each morning, but I preferred them to glasses, despite some discomfort and the aforementioned annoyances.

When I was about 20, I decided to try the contact lenses that you sleep in. I found them much more comfortable than the normal monthly lenses, and infintely more convenient, so I've been using them since.

I use Acuvue Oasys lenses, I'm only meant to wear them for a week, but I usually wear them for about 2 weeks at a time. I thoroughly recommend them over normal monthly lenses.
#16
stevey_p7
Yeah cheers for the replies. I didnt realise about the free trials that are on offer. Think might give them a go. As for laser eye treatment, it is an option for the future and as far as ultralase go, i think that they could end up giving it me for free considering the amount of offers i get through the post... im getting a least one every month!

Do specsavers do free contacts trials?


They do at times but you best check your local one,according to what it says online.My partner had free trials before.Sometimes in freebies there Johnsons & Johnsons Accuve or something vouchers which give a weeks free trial that you take into opticians accepting the vouchers.
#17
ive had laser eye surgery and can say its probably one of the best things ive ever done, simple things like enjoying the rain without needing window wipers on your glasses, eating hot stuff without it steaming, playing football without be scared a contact will fall out, so many endless stuff i can mention
being able to see the posties face when i wake up first thing etc etc
its only been 2 months but vision is improving and its almost gone, the optician said give it another 3 months and come back hopefully will improve even more
i say go for it, he who dares wins!
banned#18
Interesting discussion, my eyesight has deteriorated pretty quickly from 20/20 8 years ago to having to squint to read text off wall boards or reading the teletext off the tv and I am considering my options.

Those who have had laser eye treatment done how much did it cost for both eyes in total and which company did you have your treatment done at? The reason my eyesight has worsened so much is constantly looking at the computer screen and watching tv, If I were to have laser eye treatment could my eyesight turn for the worst again?
#19
If your eyes aren't stable they probably won't let you have laser surgery, that's why they won't give it to kids - you need to have a stable prescription from one eye test to the next, sorry :(
#20
anyone ever had laser with a perscription of +5 and +5.25?

thanks
Mike
#21
WOre glasses for a few years then tried contacts and now i hate wearing glasses :giggle:

It takes a bit of getting used to and most people objections are the same as yours "I dont want to stick something in my eye" but if you get a free trial of lenses, by the end of the first week you will have got the hang of it and will be able to pop them in and out instantly with no bother.

I wear the monthly lenses, so i can wear them for 12 hours a day then get a new pair every month. I can get 6 pairs for £30 so its not too expensive either.

Think i will opt for the laser eye surgery eventually, but i will let the technology improve a bit first so the success rate gets better.
#22
dp1503
Wore glasses since I was 11.
Tried hard contact lenses when I was 19. Uncomfortable.
Tried soft lenses (didn't have monthlies or dailies or anything like that then) when I was 23. My eyes were too dry so the lenses dried up - like having bits of soggy Sellotape in your eyes.
So for the next 23 years just stuck with glasses.
Had Lasik laser surgery in 2000 at a place in Chester. Didn't hurt at the time but did afterwards for a few weeks - like sand in my eyes. But after that, BRILLIANT!!
Went from a prescription of -4.5/-6.0 with astigmatism to -0.5/+0.5 with no astigmatism. I can now see better than anyone I know.
Peripheral vision's great. No steaming up. I can see when I'm swimming. I can wear proper sunglasses etc etc.
Downside? The lights at night sometimes get a bit starburst. And because I'm getting old I have to put glasses on for close work instead of taking them off.
One of the best things I've done is having the surgery. But there are risks. Find out what they are from the people who do the surgery and make your own mind up whether they are worth it. They were for me.

It's been 8 years since my surgery but I still catch myself sometimes going to take my glasses off before getting into bed!


its good to hear from someone who had it done so lond ago?

can i ask, if your prescription has changed since then? can you get it done again? because my prescription is always changing.
#23
Someting alternative being suggested here : Theres a lady by the name of Dr. Carol Look (no pun intended) and shes involved with a technique that sorts through peoples emotional aspects in order to improve their vision. Theres more info about it on her website if you care to take a look : http://www.carollook.com/
Hope it helps!
#24
mike1212;1730645
anyone ever had laser with a perscription of +5 and +5.25?

thanks
Mike

hmm this was close to mine but mine was minuses but i also had added astigmatism of -6!!
#25
muffin247
hmm this was close to mine but mine was minuses but i also had added astigmatism of -6!!


I have been told that the + are harder operations not sure if that is correct tho :S
#26
i wasnt told this so im not sure but - is short sighted and + is long sighted i believe?
#27
- is (or in my case, was) shortsighted.

I had glasses from age 11, contacts from age 20, & a few years ago had laser surgery - best thing I've ever done.

I read up a lot on it before deciding to go ahead, I chose my company for the op based on their openness, attitude & high success rate. Although they weren't the cheapest they were the ones I felt happiest with.

As the company told me, it's not for everyone, things can & do go wrong (as in all kinds of surgery), & it's entirely up to you as to whether or not you want to take the risk.
#28
what company?
i did quite a bit of reading up as well and ending up going with ultralase due to them being the only company that uses the latest machines technologically and also the only company that publish thier results? not sure if this is true lol but went with them anyway due to high recommendations
#29
blackpeppa
its good to hear from someone who had it done so lond ago?

can i ask, if your prescription has changed since then? can you get it done again? because my prescription is always changing.


My prescription hasn't changed since surgery. But then it hadn't changed for years before the surgery either.

They won't do it in the first place if your prescription is changing. It needs to have been stable for some years.

You can have it done more than once but each time it's done it makes the cornea thinner because they burn some of it away to change its shape. If your cornea is too thin then they won't do the surgery because of the chance of damage. Measuring the thickness of the cornea is one of the tests they do before agreeing to do the surgery.

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