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Laser Eye Treatment - Recommendations/Advice

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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
My other half would like laser treatment but at mid-40's is short-sighted but also having a bit of difficulty reading small text on bottles, packets etc.

We are in the midlands region. Can anyone recommend any of the laser treatment clinics, give any advice or pitfalls to beware of...and ofcourse any deals?
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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#1
I'm interested in this also i've noticed my right eye is hard to focus which is making it a bit tricky to read, i'm going into my 3rd year of uni i'm sure all the reading i've done over the past two years has caused it.

It would be interesting to hear from somebody who's had it done.
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I'm a little confused, if he is short sighted then reading small print is easy; seeing things in the distance is the problem. If he is having trouble reading as well as seeing in the distance there may be something else wrong, I would definitely suggest seeing an optician.
I was short sighted and had the laser surgery at Optical Express, I too was in my 40's and wish I'd had it done years ago. My prescription was -1.75 and -2.50, the price to correct one eye was £395 and the other £695. Most of the companies offer a "free" consultation, beware though some want a payment up front which will be deducted from the price of surgery, they don't mention what happens to the fee if you don't proceed with the surgery. At the consultation they will check if your eyes are suitable for surgery, thickness of the cornea being critical.
There are several levels of treatment, I had the basic treatment. Other options are" wavefront", which is extremely accurate and "intralase" which dramatically reduces healing time as the cornea is cut with a laser instead of a scalpel. Intralase also improves night time viewing; in certain circumstances you can get a halo effect round lights, night time driving can be bad; the intralase treatment is claimed to reduce this. However after 15 years of contact lenses I had accepted this as normal and it doesn't have any detrimental effect for my night time vision!
Costs vary from £395 per eye if prescription is less than 1.75, £695 if more than 1.75; wavefront added on another £300 per eye and intralase another £200 . So for the premium package I was quoted £2095.
For details of the actual surgical procedure You Tube has some very good animated procedures, they can be a bit graphic so avoid if squeamish!
I had my surgery in a morning, it takes less than an hour from booking in, to final consultation to surgery to leaving the clinic. the actual surgery takes about 15 minutes. I left the clinic went home to bed for a few hours whilst the anaesthetic drops wore off and had near perfect vision immediately. I had a few small blood spots on the eyeball which took about 10 days to clear but that was all.
It was the best grand I've spent and I would recommend it to anybody, however I think your other half needs to check out the short-sightedness and trouble reading small print, something is not right there.
#3
I'm also considering having it done as i've applied for the police specials and at my medical they said I passed the eye test for a special but would never pass for a regular which is what I want to do long term, so i've booked a consultation with ultralase on 15th may... I don't know my prescription though...
#4
The surgery will correct the short sightedness, however at mid-forties, long sight is starting to happen and will progress, so even if you get the short sight corrected, you'll still need glasses for close vision.
#5
Pugwash - thanks for that long response, partner is short-sighted but age thing means long sighted starting to set in so small text also starting to get difficult at close distances i.e. reading. It happens in middle age, people wear bi-focals. In an ideal world yes, the onset of long sightedness would improve short-sightedness! :)
#6
Read the previous HUKD threads on this, please use the search function properly, plenty of information on this including posts by eye surgeons.
#7
My eye is like -6.0 can I still get this done?
banned#8
I would love to have mine done.

I ordered my new glasses and sunglasses last night 2 for £95 at Tesco.
#9
I agree with Pugwa$h - it's the best thing I've ever done.
But you may need 'blended vision' if you are short and long sighted. Philip Schofield had that done on This Morning at a clinic in London - the video might still be available on ITV.com. He thought it was great but expensive.
I had mine done at Moorfields Hospital in Loondon and it was worth the travel from the Midlands.
#10
i'm another one thinking about having it done wear contact lenses every day almost and get abit sick of blurred eyes at night time also had soreness in my eyes and redness - today for instance unable to drive due to this thought about laser eye surgery is there any finance available on the surgery maybe a 12 monthly plan - i'm going ot work abroad in september so would possibly like to get it done before leaving and just pay it up

thanks
#11
pugw$sh
I'm a little confused, if he is short sighted then reading small print is easy; seeing things in the distance is the problem. If he is having trouble reading as well as seeing in the distance there may be something else wrong, I would definitely suggest seeing an optician.
I was short sighted and had the laser surgery at Optical Express, I too was in my 40's and wish I'd had it done years ago. My prescription was -1.75 and -2.50, the price to correct one eye was £395 and the other £695. Most of the companies offer a "free" consultation, beware though some want a payment up front which will be deducted from the price of surgery, they don't mention what happens to the fee if you don't proceed with the surgery. At the consultation they will check if your eyes are suitable for surgery, thickness of the cornea being critical.
There are several levels of treatment, I had the basic treatment. Other options are" wavefront", which is extremely accurate and "intralase" which dramatically reduces healing time as the cornea is cut with a laser instead of a scalpel. Intralase also improves night time viewing; in certain circumstances you can get a halo effect round lights, night time driving can be bad; the intralase treatment is claimed to reduce this. However after 15 years of contact lenses I had accepted this as normal and it doesn't have any detrimental effect for my night time vision!
Costs vary from £395 per eye if prescription is less than 1.75, £695 if more than 1.75; wavefront added on another £300 per eye and intralase another £200 . So for the premium package I was quoted £2095.
For details of the actual surgical procedure You Tube has some very good animated procedures, they can be a bit graphic so avoid if squeamish!
I had my surgery in a morning, it takes less than an hour from booking in, to final consultation to surgery to leaving the clinic. the actual surgery takes about 15 minutes. I left the clinic went home to bed for a few hours whilst the anaesthetic drops wore off and had near perfect vision immediately. I had a few small blood spots on the eyeball which took about 10 days to clear but that was all.
It was the best grand I've spent and I would recommend it to anybody, however I think your other half needs to check out the short-sightedness and trouble reading small print, something is not right there.


Thanks for that Pugwash - really informative. My prescription is -1.75 -2.25 and been wearing contact lenses now for nearly 20yrs. Hate them! Also been thinking about laser for few years now and the cost has come down significantly. Cant imagine just leaving house and everything sharp and clear without my contacts in - would be so good
#12
shedboy66
i'm another one thinking about having it done wear contact lenses every day almost and get abit sick of blurred eyes at night time also had soreness in my eyes and redness - today for instance unable to drive due to this thought about laser eye surgery is there any finance available on the surgery maybe a 12 monthly plan - i'm going ot work abroad in september so would possibly like to get it done before leaving and just pay it up

thanks


Where are you going Shedboy?
#13
bossyboots
Where are you going Shedboy?


Hey bossyboots, i'm going to South Korea to teach for a year initially...... leaving in September crapping myself but also looking forward to it but i'll keep tabs on Hotukdeals so remember and look for deals in Korea for me :-D
#14
I had this done in 1999, mine was done by eximer laser, flap cut in cornea and lasered underneath.
My optition said i had astigmatism, and my local hospital would give me free laser treatment if the sphere part of my prescription was over 6.00. Mine was 6.5 so mr magee of Ninewells hospital Dundee did mine for nothing. Afterwards i could read down to 2nd bottom line on eyesight chart, the same as i could do before with specs. 10 years on my short sight is going but long sight is still the same.

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