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Just a quick thaks to everyone who commented in my previous post. Yesterday was the day and one day on I must say I'm so pleased I had it done! Just had my aftercare appointment and I've been told …
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Just a quick thaks to everyone who commented in my previous post.

Yesterday was the day and one day on I must say I'm so pleased I had it done! Just had my aftercare appointment and I've been told my vision is better than 20/20! I'm so thrilled!

I won't lie and say that the procedure itself was completely painless. I could definitely feel what was happening and i wouldn't say it was pleasant but it lasted all of five minutes. The actual laser part is pain free, it's just the creation of the flap and the pressure which can cause some discomfort. The clamp holding your eyelids open is quite uncomfortable to.

Even afterwards it wasn't so bad, just the feeling of grittiness and the need to close your eyes.

But, all in all, I'm pleased I had it done and I'd say to anyone who's thinking about havign it done to go for it. The downsides of the actual procedure are well worth it today!

Thanks again for everyone who wished me luck, it was much appreciated and rep was left for everyone who took the time to comment.
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Good work.

Better than 20/20?

21/21? :-D
#2
Congrats :)
#3
I've looked into this too but I've read about what happens and the though of being able to see someone comming at my eye with a scalpel is quite off-putting.

great results though, i may just give it another thought.
1 Like #4
good for you!! am very happy for you-i bet you feel on top of the world?
#5
MinstrelMan
I've looked into this too but I've read about what happens and the though of being able to see someone comming at my eye with a scalpel is quite off-putting.

great results though, i may just give it another thought.


You can't see anything like that, your vision goes black for the actual cutting (which is all done by a machine). It sounds scary and looks scary (made the mistake of watching it on Youtube before) but I'd do it all again for the results I have now.
#6
Ahh, so happy for you, makes me wanna do it myself
#7
I had this done on both eyes in feb 2005, unfortunately my left eye got infected but I had good aftercare and although my left eye vision isnt perfect I am still very pleased with the results and would have it done all over again. Only issues I have now is that when I drive at night car lights seem a little blurred but not sure if thats becuase as I say the left eye isnt perfect! If you do get this done and you do have realy discomfort in your eye the day after go straight back it isnt normal it is an infection!
#8
louloo
good for you!! am very happy for you-i bet you feel on top of the world?


Definitely on top of the world! I'm so happy with the results to say it's only been 24 hours!
#9
xena_morph
I had this done on both eyes in feb 2005, unfortunately my left eye got infected but I had good aftercare and although my left eye vision isnt perfect I am still very pleased with the results and would have it done all over again. Only issues I have now is that when I drive at night car lights seem a little blurred but not sure if thats becuase as I say the left eye isnt perfect! If you do get this done and you do have realy discomfort in your eye the day after go straight back it isnt normal it is an infection!


Yesterday, straight afterwards, my eyes were stinging something shocking but that all disappeared quite quick and I can't feel anything today so maybe I've been lucky. Putting my drops in like a maniac lol!
#10
I was right with you until that third paragraph. I've been thinking about getting laser surgery myself for years, moreso this past few weeks (partly inspired by your last thread). I can afford it now. But, god, it's just scary. And that third paragraph, it send me physically shuddering. What is it about fingernails and eyes that makes hurting them such a foul thought?


Anyway, I'm glad it went well, and hope it all remains fine. Would you keep us updated on how it settles in?
#11
Im really interested in getting it done too.........
Could you tell me where you got it done and more important.....how much it cost?
Many thanks in advance
#12
dxx
I was right with you until that third paragraph. I've been thinking about getting laser surgery myself for years, moreso this past few weeks (partly inspired by your last thread). I can afford it now. But, god, it's just scary. And that third paragraph, it send me physically shuddering. What is it about fingernails and eyes that makes hurting them such a foul thought?


Anyway, I'm glad it went well, and hope it all remains fine. Would you keep us updated on how it settles in?


I was wary, it does sound shocking but it was all over with in less than two minutes. The scary bit really doesn't take long at all. If you've got the money and want it doing I'd go for it. But I suppose it's ok for me to say that now I've gone through with it!

It's not a nice thought to have someone messing with your eyes but for a couple of minutes worth of discomfort I've just got eyesight that means that I could fly a figher plane if I wanted to lol.

It's only been 24 hours but I'd already say I have no regrets.

I'd be happy to keep you posted :), let me know if you have any other questions.
#13
I really want it done.
How bad was your eyesight before you had it done.
I do not know my lens perscription, but is there a range of how bad your sight is that they can not do it?
#14
nlambert
I really want it done.
How bad was your eyesight before you had it done.
I do not know my lens perscription, but is there a range of how bad your sight is that they can not do it?


To be honest I don't know what my prescription was! I was shortsighted so whenever I took my glasses off to swim or scuba dive on holiday I was pretty much blind lol. Went to Center Parcs a couple of weeks ago, took my glasses off to go in the pool and thought I'd lost my boyfriend even though he was only about 15 feet away from me lol.

There is a range and I think it tells you on Optimax's website, don't think I could find it on Optical Express's website. Maybe plus or minus 12??
#15
So pleased everything went well for you :thumbsup:

Just watch out for jumpers and t shirts for a few weeks!!
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#17
spider1986
To be honest I don't know what my prescription was! I was shortsighted so whenever I took my glasses off to swim or scuba dive on holiday I was pretty much blind lol. Went to Center Parcs a couple of weeks ago, took my glasses off to go in the pool and thought I'd lost my boyfriend even though he was only about 15 feet away from me lol.

There is a range and I think it tells you on Optimax's website, don't think I could find it on Optical Express's website. Maybe plus or minus 12??


Hi there - glad to hear all went well!!!

All - For info my prescription is -9.0 & -9.5 and I had my consulation with Optical Express yesterday and it CAN be done. They do take lots of mesurements/tests etc, so it is not ONLY on your prescription. The thickness of your cornea is key part as to whether you can have it done or not.

Try Optical Express - it's a free consultation so nothing to lose. The optician woman said that they can go upto -12.00 but as above it is not ONLY your prescription they have to consider.

BTW, my cost is £1,700 PER EYE!!! A bit on the expensive side but me & hubbie are looking at our Finances!
#18
Awww Glad to hear it went well for you spider!! :) I still think your mega brave!!
#19
Is there discounts you can get with Optical Express, I think I have some Optimax vouchers.
#20
Abvance
Is there discounts you can get with Optical Express, I think I have some Optimax vouchers.


No discount that I know of but as I mentioned before, Optical Express give refer a friend vouchers which would give you both £50.
#21
I was seriously considering this you know, i'm a student but a pretty rich student, and £400 per eye is a decent investment.

Anyway I've got a few questions - were any of the surgeons wearing glasses?

Also keep us posted about this and do report if anything goes wrong (hopefully it won't).
#22
Well done, I had mine done about 8 years ago and have not had any problems at all. It's well worth it, though I found it a fairly traumatic experience, I never ever want to smell my eyes burning again!

Enjoy showers where you can read the shampoo bottle, being able to see in the rain and walking in from the cold without steamy specs!
#23
rash
I was seriously considering this you know, i'm a student but a pretty rich student, and £400 per eye is a decent investment.

Anyway I've got a few questions - were any of the surgeons wearing glasses?

Also keep us posted about this and do report if anything goes wrong (hopefully it won't).


Lol, surgeon didn't wear glasses and seemed very capable. One of the nurses was telling me about her surgery before I went in so seems like a lot of the staff had it done.
#24
its really great you have put this thread up-it seems to be helping so many people. xx
#25
rash
I was seriously considering this you know, i'm a student but a pretty rich student, and £400 per eye is a decent investment.

Anyway I've got a few questions - were any of the surgeons wearing glasses?

Also keep us posted about this and do report if anything goes wrong (hopefully it won't).


It is a really good investment, it pays for itself in a few years. The surgeons were wearing little eye google things when I had mine done. I'd heartily recommend it!
#26
tessb - i just noticed your avy is now a pic of you! was that on your wedding day? you look flippin gorgeous hun xx

sorry to go off on a tangent op, was reading the thread as I am going to tell my husband about it. He's been considering having this done for ages.
#27
spider1986
Lol, surgeon didn't wear glasses and seemed very capable. One of the nurses was telling me about her surgery before I went in so seems like a lot of the staff had it done.


tessb
It is a really good investment, it pays for itself in a few years. The surgeons were wearing little eye google things when I had mine done. I'd heartily recommend it!


Thanks for that, a friend of mine was considering getting it done and he said wait a few years while the technology gets even better. He had been told that even the surgeon was wearing glasses, i wasn't sure whether to take his word for it really, some optician probably told him that.

Anyway do you need to show your prescription for the past 3 years or something so they can see your eyesight is not deteriorating?

Also is it just £400 fixed? Or does the price change according to the outcome of your consultation?
#28
So pleased that everything has gone well. It is something that is so hard to explain, regaining clear, unblurred vision. Those that wear glasses understand more just how inconvenient poor eyesight is. My friends without glasses were horrified at the thought, those with glasses have had the treatment (5 to date).

You Tube have a really graphic video showing the treatment in real-time.

Click here for the link

It shows the procedure in some detail. :w00t: Be warned if you are having lunch.
#29
rash

Anyway do you need to show your prescription for the past 3 years or something so they can see your eyesight is not deteriorating?

Also is it just £400 fixed? Or does the price change according to the outcome of your consultation?


Your prescription needs to have been stable for a long period of time, it is pointless having the surgery if your vision is still changing, as you'll need glasses again in the near future.

The price of £395 per eye is the basic cost for LASIK treatment if your prescription is below -1.75, it then rises to £695 per eye. Additional treatments like wavefront increase the cost significantly but improve healing times and accuracy of vision.

My own treatment cost £1090 and that was for LASIK treatment; one eye had a prescription of -1.5 and the other -2.5. I had just 2 days off work and had no significant problems, just a little dryness and inflamatio which lasted a little longer than expected. After 6 months I have no problems and my vision has been over-corrected very slightly. My left eye has a +0.25 prescription. The Wavefront treatment would have given a more accurate result.
suspended#30
melmorc
Hi there - glad to hear all went well!!!

All - For info my prescription is -9.0 & -9.5 and I had my consulation with Optical Express yesterday and it CAN be done. They do take lots of mesurements/tests etc, so it is not ONLY on your prescription. The thickness of your cornea is key part as to whether you can have it done or not.

Try Optical Express - it's a free consultation so nothing to lose. The optician woman said that they can go upto -12.00 but as above it is not ONLY your prescription they have to consider.

BTW, my cost is £1,700 PER EYE!!! A bit on the expensive side but me & hubbie are looking at our Finances!


£1700 per eye:w00t:
That is why i have been looking at treatment in India, the cost would be half that but only
thing putting me off is after care.I have very high numbers so my cost would always
be about that in England.I know about someone who had it done in India & has had no problems
& she also had very high numbers. Needs some serious thought:thinking:
#31
I wouldnt get this done, purely for the fact that there is no long term resarch into the effects. Plus I know someone who has had this done & they are now suffering worse sight as a result of it.
#32
rash
Thanks for that, a friend of mine was considering getting it done and he said wait a few years while the technology gets even better. He had been told that even the surgeon was wearing glasses, i wasn't sure whether to take his word for it really, some optician probably told him that.

Anyway do you need to show your prescription for the past 3 years or something so they can see your eyesight is not deteriorating?

Also is it just £400 fixed? Or does the price change according to the outcome of your consultation?


The surgeon did put on a set of goggles at one point I think but don't quote me on that, I was more concerned with other things at the time lol!
The price that you're quoted at your consultation is the price that you end up paying. I must be lucky that mine came in at the lowest possible price :thumbsup:
#33
Snake
£1700 per eye:w00t:
That is why i have been looking at treatment in India, the cost would be half that but only
thing putting me off is after care.I have very high numbers so my cost would always
be about that in England.I know about someone who had it done in India & has had no problems
& she also had very high numbers. Needs some serious thought:thinking:


I would be very wary about having it done abroad.

Optical Express are very clear in telling you what can happen afterwards and give you a 24 hour manned phone number that you can call if you have any problems.
For example, if the flap is dislodged at any point they want to see you straight away so a surgeon can realign it. How could they do this if they were in India?
Aftercare seems high on their list of priorities, appointments are made at 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months. Is this possible in India?

I'm just thinking that laser eye surgery is something that you go into knowing that there could be complications. If I was to have any complications (48 hours later and I still haven't touch wood lol), I'd like to know I could just ring someone up and be seen the same day and not have to mess around with a foregin clinic or the NHS.
#34
As I said in an earlier post I have some refer a friend vouchers which would give £50 off for anyone seriously considering treatment.
If anyone wants one send me a PM.
#35
Snake
£1700 per eye:w00t:
That is why i have been looking at treatment in India, the cost would be half that but only
thing putting me off is after care.I have very high numbers so my cost would always
be about that in England.I know about someone who had it done in India & has had no problems
& she also had very high numbers. Needs some serious thought:thinking:


if you go abroad for an op please be careful? complete the care there-as if you come back here and there are problems...i know someone went for an op and was left in a real mess. She said she should have stayed for a week or so after the op to get follow up care there if needed.
#36
rash
Thanks for that, a friend of mine was considering getting it done and he said wait a few years while the technology gets even better. He had been told that even the surgeon was wearing glasses, i wasn't sure whether to take his word for it really, some optician probably told him that.

Anyway do you need to show your prescription for the past 3 years or something so they can see your eyesight is not deteriorating?

Also is it just £400 fixed? Or does the price change according to the outcome of your consultation?


When I went I had to show my last two prescriptions just to show that my eyesight was fairly stable, and even though I had pretty bad eyesight the price didn't change.
1 Like #37
caz1cool
tessb - i just noticed your avy is now a pic of you! was that on your wedding day? you look flippin gorgeous hun xx

sorry to go off on a tangent op, was reading the thread as I am going to tell my husband about it. He's been considering having this done for ages.


Hehe, please anyone who wants to go off on a tangent and tell me I look good, feel free :D It was my wedding day, unfortunately I have never looked that good ever before or since!

Tell your hubby to go for it, I doubt he'll ever regret it!
#38
tessb
Hehe, please anyone who wants to go off on a tangent and tell me I look good, feel free :D It was my wedding day, unfortunately I have never looked that good ever before or since!

Tell your hubby to go for it, I doubt he'll ever regret it!


:oops: i thought it was a celeb pic and i dunno whether to apologise or not:?
#39
louloo
:oops: i thought it was a celeb pic and i dunno whether to apologise or not:?


Lol. probably a good thing!
#40
spider1986
Lol. probably a good thing!


i had to look twice as i didnt think i knew the celeb-but im so out of touch i thought it was one i didnt know:oops:

anyway she looks stunning!

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