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Laser eye treatment

Bishbash Avatar
7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
Hi, I'm in my forties and have been wearing specs for thirty odd years. There are adverts on TV for eye laser treatment and I was wondering whether any one here has had their eyes corrected and what do they think?

I've been pondering the idea 'cos I'm getting fed up of losing my specs when I take them off and can't see to find them!
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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#1
My nan just had it.

She loves her "new eyes".

Doesn't wear glasses anymore and can see better than my mother!!
#2
one word - best thing i ever did bar none love it mmmmmmmmmmmm cost a bomb though
#3
friend got it done tho the advert does mislead a little it cost him1600 per eye in end but he loves being able to see without glasses or contacts
#4
From what I've heard from a friend whos done this and researched a bit into this, the more you pay for the more "customise treatment" you get. friend had his done for ~£11k per eye (his family is a quite up the ladder), got each eye mapped out using some sort of retina mapping machines then precision custom cutting blah blah blah.. (I lost concentration on the list he was going on about) but it sounded expensive and extensive treatment.

anyway, simple ones they just snip layers of your eyes to the degree of blindness you are, which aren't always that precise or comfortable after (my bro paid £300 for both eyes abroad, we laughed how little he thought of how much he should spend on perfect sight) he kinda paid for it for the first year ish i think bcos he kept having to put drops etc etc in his eye because it was painful, dry, itchy... also wasn't 20-20 vision.

Luckily atm Im near perfect eye vision so im all good, but I would pay so much to keep it this way, find eye sight is so important to me.
#5
muffin247;6997945
one word - best thing i ever did bar none love it mmmmmmmmmmmm cost a bomb though


Call me Mr Pedantic but that's more than one word....:-D
#6
Options range from £395 an eye up. If your prescription is less than -1.75 then it is £395 for the basic treatment, above -1.50 it is £695 an eye. Then you can add on wavefront for an additional £600 and intralase for a further £600. I had the basic treatment 18 months ago and I've had no problems,

You'll not regret it!
[helper]#7
There is a small risk that your sight will be worse afterwards.........have a look at this (unfortunately the information is getting a bit dated now)
http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/ip/IPG164publicinfo.pdf

And if you are short sighted you may need to wear glasses for reading.........best mention to your own optician next time you visit and see what he thinks.
#8
Worth it. I had mine done about 4 years ago now, havent looked back since. The op is a bit gross... the bit were they suck out your eyeball a small way, cut your cornea, fold it back and then laser into your eyeball is a bit painful, oh and a bit stinky like burning flesh lol, oh and then the pain for about 6 hours after like someone has poured salt and grit in your eyes which does wear off eventually...other than that its ok haha ;-)

Seriously though as a contact wearer for over 20 years it was well well worth it ! Night time vision is not 100% perfect as in my case you find lights, like the moon or streetlights, have a halo round them... but daytime i got mine back to 20/20 vision. They do say it may deteriourate through age... but everyones eyesight natually does (i think as you get older you get more and more long sighted, maybe the other way round, but its natural).
#9
I had -1.25 in each eye and paid £900 from Optimax for both eyes, even paid it of over 2 years interest free.
Would do it again tomorrow. Love being spec/contact free
#10
-3.25 in each eye here. I think there is a certain limit which you go up to and depending on your range its either LASIK or LASAK.
#11
which is the best company to go with
#12
Inquisitor;6998228
From what I've heard from a friend whos done this and researched a bit into this, the more you pay for the more "customise treatment" you get. friend had his done for ~£11k per eye (his family is a quite up the ladder), got each eye mapped out using some sort of retina mapping machines then precision custom cutting blah blah blah.. (I lost concentration on the list he was going on about) but it sounded expensive and extensive treatment.

anyway, simple ones they just snip layers of your eyes to the degree of blindness you are, which aren't always that precise or comfortable after (my bro paid £300 for both eyes abroad, we laughed how little he thought of how much he should spend on perfect sight) he kinda paid for it for the first year ish i think bcos he kept having to put drops etc etc in his eye because it was painful, dry, itchy... also wasn't 20-20 vision.

Luckily atm Im near perfect eye vision so im all good, but I would pay so much to keep it this way, find eye sight is so important to me.

omg 11k per eye? ur friend got done no joke
#13
For all those unaware ....... Take a look at this
DVLA and laser eye treatment
http://faq.optimax.co.uk/InstantForum/Topic678-3-1.aspx
#14
WoolyM
For all those unaware ....... Take a look at this
DVLA and laser eye treatment
http://faq.optimax.co.uk/InstantForum/Topic678-3-1.aspx


wow didnt know this.

im still learning so only have a provisional. however when i applied for my provisional my eyes were fine but now i need to wear glasses for driving. will i need to inform dvla either now or when i have my full licence?
#15
donnaraine
wow didnt know this.

im still learning so only have a provisional. however when i applied for my provisional my eyes were fine but now i need to wear glasses for driving. will i need to inform dvla either now or when i have my full licence?


I guess the best is to check the actual DVLA website or directgov
It will have the most info I would have thought
#16
This link is quite useful
http://www.which.co.uk/advice/laser-eye-surgery/laser-eye-surgery-faqs/index.jsp
Also found out that for London based people Moorfields (Eye hospital) private wing offers laser treatment
#17
muffin247
omg 11k per eye? ur friend got done no joke


Maybe, I dont know specific pricings or procedures but hes the kind of person whos goes out for the best if its worth it... imo if I had a problem with my eyes and I can afford that kinda money to get perfection then I would seriously consider it. As I said before hes quite high up the "ladder" so he could afford these things if required.
#18
Thanks all. There's a lot of positive comments here from people who've had the treatment done. Apart from the halo vision does anyone else have any strange experiences eg while watching TV, strobing lights, etc?

Please can any one name any laser eye treatment companies (Optimax and Moorfield are noted)?

Also, has anyone had any bad experiences?

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.
#19
pugw$sh
Options range from £395 an eye up. If your prescription is less than -1.75 then it is £395 for the basic treatment, above -1.50 it is £695 an eye. Then you can add on wavefront for an additional £600 and intralase for a further £600. I had the basic treatment 18 months ago and I've had no problems,

You'll not regret it!


Hi, thanks for your comments.

What is a wavefront and intralase?

Did you find the laser treatment very uncomfortable? Did it take long for your eyes to heal and be able to see in normal vision?

I have two young children to look after and I'm not sure it will be suitable for me to have the treatment done this/next year if the healing takes a long time.
#20
u can see almost instantly, but for about a day your eyes will be stinging like there is sand in them
no problem i just went to sleep
oh u have to wear protective eye wear when u go sleep for about 2 weeks and put eye drops in everyday
u also cant get water in them for 2 weeks, a bit of suffering but im glad i did it
#21
Muffin247,

If you don't mind me asking which company did you choose and what was the after care treatment like?

Thanks.
#22
after much research i went with ultralase, the company is very professional and aftercare was good although i didnt have much problems so dont know what would happen if problems arose

they just check your eyes see if they healing properly and then give u a eye test regularly
#23
muffin247
after much research i went with ultralase, the company is very professional and aftercare was good although i didnt have much problems so dont know what would happen if problems arose

they just check your eyes see if they healing properly and then give u a eye test regularly


Okay, I'll look them up. Cheers.

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