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Laser eye surgery

andymack Avatar
7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Hey peeps,
Ok so the missus was wanting to get this done as she is fed up with having to buy and wear glasses so i was wanting to know a few things - anybody know how much it costs? basically she can read and stuff but anything in the distance is fuzzy
does anyone know any reputable places in northern ireland that do it?
and do you need to go and see a consultant or do you go and see a optician or what happens?
thanks in advance, rep will be left :)
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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[mod] 1 Like #1
Hi andymack, I've been looking into this myself.

Tesco are now doing clubcard deals with Optimax http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/deals/product.aspx?R=584 who have a clinic on the Lisburn Road http://www.optimax.co.uk/default.aspx?page=7044

Your vouchers are worth 4x their amount in deals, so there are great savings to had if you use them on this

Sorry I dont have any more info, as I am only considering a consultation myself, so would be interested in feedback too :)
1 Like #2
I had it done in January, cost me £790 for both eyes doing and I had the same eyesight problems as you wife.

I went to Optical Express (free consultation, no obligation) and they do some tests to see if you're suitable and give you a quote. It seems really easy! It only took about 15 mins and they tell you there and then if you're suitable.

The actually surgery only takes about ten minutes too, really quick and simple (it might be a big thing for you but to then you're just the next in a list so they don't mess around).

Tell her to seriously consider it, it's made a huge different in my life. I have no regrets at all!

Optical Express offer interest free finance too which makes it easier. And, if there's a clinic near you, I have some £50 off vouchers (for family and friends) which I could post to you if she was interested and she'd get £50 off her surgery. PM me if you want one.
#3
Anyone know if the results are permanent from Laser Eye Surgery i.e. will you ever be shortsighted in the future again?
#4
Just looked and it would appear that Optical Express don't have any clinics in Northern Ireland but Optimax is a similar set up from what I understand so their prices/procedure should be exactly the same as Optical Express.
#5
Spriggan
Anyone know if the results are permanent from Laser Eye Surgery i.e. will you ever be shortsighted in the future again?


It depends at what age you have it done.

I'm 23 and they told me that it would last until my eyes start to get old (everyone's eyes degenerate when they're old). If you're older when you have it done the results obviously don't last as long and you might need to wear reading glasses.
#6
yeah my mum looked into it but was told that it may not last very long.....shes in her late fifties though
#7
spider1986;5494641
It depends at what age you have it done.

I'm 23 and they told me that it would last until my eyes start to get old (everyone's eyes degenerate when they're old). If you're older when you have it done the results obviously don't last as long and you might need to wear reading glasses.

Thanks for the information :thumbsup:, I considered doing this a while ago but I was worried that I'll quickly go shortsighted again after the surgery as I work with computers and VDUs all the time.
#8
Spriggan
Thanks for the information :thumbsup:, I considered doing this a while ago but I was worried that I'll quickly go shortsighted again after the surgery as I work with computers and VDUs all the time.


The same goes for me. I'm a photographer so I'm always looking at the computer screen editing. It has made a huge difference though and I haven't once missed my glasses.

It just depends on how old you are when you have it done as to how long it lasts.
#9
hi, is there not an optical express beside the big Marks and spencers in middle of belfast.
#10
gforce85
hi, is there not an optical express beside the big Marks and spencers in middle of belfast.


They only do surgery in certain branches. From their website it looks like Dublin is the closest to NI.
#11
gforce85
hi, is there not an optical express beside the big Marks and spencers in middle of belfast.


yeah just had a look actually

Belfast, Connswater
Belfast, Donegall Place
Belfast, Victoria Square

and 2 of them have the laser eye surgery equipment
#12
from the website of optical express

Belfast, Donegall Place - Eye Tests, Glasses, Contact Lenses, Laser Eye Surgery Consultation and Treatment IOL Consultation

thats where i was recommended to go, havent had the balls to go yet tho.
#13
andymack
yeah just had a look actually

Belfast, Connswater
Belfast, Donegall Place
Belfast, Victoria Square

and 2 of them have the laser eye surgery equipment


Lol, I stupidly clicked on the Ireland site so didn't show the Northern Ireland clinics.

Link to clinics

Thought it was weird that there wasn't one in Belfast!
#14
If you want a voucher giving you £50 off PM me your details and I'll post one to you.

You'd need to take it to your initial consultation to get the money off.
#15
hi,
i too have been considering this surgery for while. is there anybody on here who has actually had the surgery in Belfast ?

thanks
2scoops2
#16
http://uk.opticalexpress.com/stores/belfast-donegall-place-126.html

why not call in, its the free consultation i think so what can you lose.
#17
2scoops2
hi,
i too have been considering this surgery for while. is there anybody on here who has actually had the surgery in Belfast ?

thanks
2scoops2


i know of two people now, both went to belfast and said it was an excellent job, no pain and no worries, price varies a bit tho depending on condition. one paid £3000 and one was £1600 or so.

Pay for what you get in my eyes!! :thinking:
#18
yeah thats my feeling also..
its nothing something you really wanna do on the cheep ...
really just looking for feedback & clinics that were used
#19
2scoops2
yeah thats my feeling also..
its nothing something you really wanna do on the cheep ...
really just looking for feedback & clinics that were used


The standard treatment is the Lasik or Lasek treatment which (for me) cost £790 for both eyes. This gave you the exact level of vision that I'd been used to when wearing my glasses (I'd worn glasses since being a child so had no recollection of my eyesight beforehand).

The more expensive treatment is the Wavefront treatment which can cost a minimum of £1000 an eye. This gives you what was described to me as HD eyesight. Astronauts have this treatment done on their eyes.

But my view was, if I'd never had HD vision then how did I know what I was missing?

The standard treatment was all I could afford and I'm more than happy with the results.
[helper]#20
For more expert advice I would look at this
http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/ip/IPG164publicinfo.pdf

People should be clear about the benefits and the potential risks of
the treatment, which include:
● not having the expected improvement in eyesight after treatment
● the development of new eyesight problems
● infection of the cornea
● problems with the corneal surface flap that’s made in the LASIK
and LASEK treatments.
These risks should be weighed against the advantages and
disadvantages of wearing glasses or contact lenses.


The majority of people are likely to be okay but for evey majority there has to be some who fall into the minority.

Not everyone's eyesight is suitable - my opitician advised me not to and that if they (the laser surgery companies) had said I was a suitable candidate it would have been unethical for them to do so....
1 Like #21
had it done 5 years ago. had a sight test on saturday and still all a-ok. its the best thing u can do!! cant recommend it highly enough.
only thing is eyes are a lil more sensitiv. cant wear coloured contacts and onions make me cry more :cry:
#22
: gari189

good link thanks
will maybe call into one of the centers & see what they have say for themselves

thanks
2scoops2
#23
gari189


Not everyone's eyesight is suitable - my opitician advised me not to and that if they (the laser surgery companies) had said I was a suitable candidate it would have been unethical for them to do so....


did you ever go to a laser company to see what they would say?
[helper]#24
2scoops2
did you ever go to a laser company to see what they would say?

No - I have one very lazy eye which pretty much does sod all. The other short sighted eye does all the work but if anything happened to that eye my optician advised that I would be unable to drive and I might not be able to work!!

As I don't buy my glasses from the opticians (I buy them online) they had really nothing to gain by advising me not to have it.

If I was able to have it done then I probably would do but you may be better asking your normal optician first.
1 Like #25
The best move I ever made, I had originally struggled with poor vision, then finally wore glasses and then contact lenses. At 40 I decided that after 15 years of contact lenses I was going to get the surgery done. My precription was -1.25 on one eye and -2.50 on the other, the basic procedure was £1080 with OIptical Express. The effects were almost immediate, 3 hours after the surgery I was out and about enjoying clear vision. After 3 weeks verything was healed, I had a small bit of blood under the corneal flap (not uncommon, but not a problem), After 6 months everything was perfect and I'm back to 2 yearly eye tests, at my age the distance viewing will remain excellen but I wll require reading glasses, apparently it's called old age!!
If you're not squeamish ckeck out some of the videos on YouTube, they are quite graphic but tell you exactly what is going to happen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-YkzgfgN2k&feature=related
#26
gari189;5494980
For more expert advice I would look at this http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/ip/IPG164publicinfo.pdf
People should be clear about the benefits and the potential risks of
the treatment, which include:
● not having the expected improvement in eyesight after treatment
● the development of new eyesight problems
● infection of the cornea
● problems with the corneal surface flap that’s made in the LASIK
and LASEK treatments.
These risks should be weighed against the advantages and
disadvantages of wearing glasses or contact lenses.
The majority of people are likely to be okay but for evey majority there has to be some who fall into the minority. Not everyone's eyesight is suitable - my opitician advised me not to and that if they (the laser surgery companies) had said I was a suitable candidate it would have been unethical for them to do so....


Excellent link and info.

These cautions have to be taken into account with most types of surgery. You have to be aware of all the risks. But they are risks, not certainties. Get all the info and make decision. I don't know many opticians who would recommend the surgery.....but why would they?

Reading glasses is generally around 40ish (is that old age?!).

I know many people who have had it done. Only one has noticed problems driving at night but not a major problem.
#27
Very informative thread guys, my g/f is thinking about it too, so we'll definitely check it out sometime. I'd just be afraid of the worst happenening... Which is what puts me off, but I guess there's risks with everything!

Subscribing to this thread, so please folks don't spam or delete it - Very useful.
#28
One of the problems often reported is the "haloing" effect of glare from headlghts at night, I do get this to a small extent but any contact lens wearer will also get similar glare. I certainly believe that it is much better after surgery than before with contact lens.
It seems that when asking around somebody always knows somebody who knows somebody who had problems, yet I never managed to find anybody directly affected by the surgery procedure.
#29
So am I right in thinking that the younger you have it the longer the effects last? (Until you get older and your sight worsens, that is). I'm 22 and considering it but like others, have been worried it'll just return to 'normal' after a few years!
#30
torapoole
So am I right in thinking that the younger you have it the longer the effects last? (Until you get older and your sight worsens, that is). I'm 22 and considering it but like others, have been worried it'll just return to 'normal' after a few years!


had it done at 22. my bro has since qualified as a optician and says it would have been better till i waited till i was 25. forgot the reason why!! but yes it isnt 100% as it was 5 yrs ago but at the test it was good enough and im glad i did it!
#31
had it done 16 years ago, still got perfect vision. It is absolutely brilliant

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