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    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 20th Sep 16, 11:38 AM
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    Laser eye surgery
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    • 20th Sep 16, 11:38 AM
    Laser eye surgery 20th Sep 16 at 11:38 AM
    Has anyone had laser eye surgery? I've been considering and asking around and I want as much info from people as possible. Is it worth the cost? How much of an improvement is it on glasses?
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    • BucksLady
    • By BucksLady 20th Sep 16, 11:51 AM
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    My husband had laser surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital to correct his myopia. The surgery has been wonderful for him and he enjoys crystal clear vision.

    Laser surgery isn't without risks and so it is important to take into consideration 'who' will actually undertake the proceedure.

    Good Luck
    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 20th Sep 16, 2:11 PM
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    Thanks for responding - I feel like if I keep focusing on the horror stories I won't end up doing it!
    • fairy lights
    • By fairy lights 20th Sep 16, 3:56 PM
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    I had it done last year and it was worth ever penny (and it cost a lot of pennies).
    I have a few friends who have had it done, all in their 20's and all are very happy with the results.
    I've heard that complications are more likely to occur in people over 40 due to age related thinning of the cornea.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 20th Sep 16, 8:55 PM
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    Do be aware that it is not suitable for everyone's eye condition.


    An internet friend, who is very short sighted , was devastated after consulting a reputable London eye surgeon, only to be told that the procedure would not help her.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 20th Sep 16, 9:05 PM
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    I had both eyes treated at Moorfields when they first started doing the procedure. I don't have 20/20 vision, but my fairly severe myopia is improved where I don't need any correction for day to day activities such as using a computer. The treatment now has improved greatly, and from a personal viewpoint would recommend it.


    Best Wishes if you decide to go ahead.
    Remember that sometimes "The Truth Hurts"
    • elsien
    • By elsien 20th Sep 16, 9:05 PM
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    I had it done a few years ago.
    I wasn't planning to, as I didn't mind my glasses. However as I got a little older, I would have needed several pairs of glasses for close up work, distance (driving) and the computer. I was not able to have varifocals so the only other option was bifocals - that wasn't happening! And I couldn't keep track of one set of glasses, let alone three.

    It did cost silly money. It was worth it for me to avoid the hassle of multiple pairs of glasses, but I'm not convinced it would have been worth it for me otherwise. You also need to have realistic expectations. My night driving is now a little more difficult due to glare, but I was aware of and accepted the possibility beforehand.

    You also need to be aware that the old person shortsighted reading glasses thing will still happen as you age. I had one eye left slightly shortsighted, to stave this off for longer. This worked for me because my eyes were already like that - some people find it hard to deal with.

    Get a list of questions, visit more than one clinic and don't go for one just because there's an offer on. One place offered me a deal but I later discovered that what was being proposed would have caused me huge problems.
    Having said all that, the procedure itself was trouble free and it's quite nice to walk down the street and be able to recognise people.

    There used to be information on the website of the Royal College of Opthalmology, which I used to help me choose my options but I think it is now likely to be out of date.
    https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Patient-Guide-to-Excimer-Laser-Refractive-Surgery-2011.pdf

    And

    https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/patients/excimer-laser-refractive-surgery/laser-refractive-surgery/
    Last edited by elsien; 20-09-2016 at 9:16 PM.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • JenniferClare
    • By JenniferClare 20th Sep 16, 10:19 PM
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    I had it 5 years ago at Optical Express - best thing I ever done! Still got better than 20/20 vision and aftercare was great. Would recommend at least going for a consultation with them!
    • bigfreddiel
    • By bigfreddiel 20th Sep 16, 10:57 PM
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    I had my lenses removed and replaced with plastic ones.

    Done on the NHS.

    I was short sighted and now have excellent vision, only need glasses for reading which cost £1. My varifocals cost £400+

    Cheers fj
    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 21st Sep 16, 10:09 AM
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    I was told that my prescription would be perfect for eye surgery but obviously the cost and the risk are quite worrying. But lots of people say they wish they'd done it sooner/it was worth every penny etc which makes me want to try it. I'm very cautious and indecisive haha!
    • hugheskevi
    • By hugheskevi 21st Sep 16, 10:59 AM
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    I had it done over 10 years ago. I was not badly shortsighted, but enough to need contact lenses/glasses.

    My eyesight was corrected to perfect levels of sight. Since then one eye has become marginally short-sighted, but not close to the level of needing correction.

    The procedure was quick and straightforward, all done in a morning. Slight discomfort for a few days, a month of needing drops and that was it.

    Cost a few thousand, but great value and worth far more than the cost.

    Things are presumably even better now, 10 years on.

    I'd do it without hesitation.
    • Sncjw
    • By Sncjw 21st Sep 16, 8:01 PM
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    If the optician is concerned with your eye health they would refer you to an ophthalmologist and they will decide what treatment is needed some people get it done under NHS
    • ess0two
    • By ess0two 21st Sep 16, 8:05 PM
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    I had mono vision (one eye) done at Ultralase a few yrs ago.


    Best thing ever,both eyes were marginal, so went with single eye only for distance,and the other is used for reading etc.


    Takes a bit of getting used to but well worth it.
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 21st Sep 16, 8:31 PM
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    Took me about 5 years to pluck up courage between the first appointment and the next two clinic visits, before my eyesight effectively pushed me into it. The procedure itself was absolutely fine, it was the dithering and panicking about who to choose that was the issue for me. On balance though, I still think it was silly money but I don't regret doing it.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 22nd Sep 16, 11:21 AM
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    That sounds great! I'm slowly coming around now
    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 22nd Sep 16, 11:22 AM
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    I think I'm starting to embrace it now! Thanks everyone, this has really helped. I'll book a consultation and see what they think.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 22nd Sep 16, 7:40 PM
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    Book appts at more than one clinic. That way you can check they're offering similar suggestions, and query if they're not, and also get a feel for the place and who you feel comfortable with.
    And make sure you ask about aftercare and costs if there are any problems for any reason.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 23rd Sep 16, 9:55 AM
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    Ah yes, aftercare is one of the things I hadn't looked into that much - I'll definitely keep this in mind.
    • kirtondm
    • By kirtondm 23rd Sep 16, 10:34 AM
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    If the optician is concerned with your eye health they would refer you to an ophthalmologist and they will decide what treatment is needed some people get it done under NHS

    This isn't true - Laser corrective surgery is not avilable on the NHS. Prehaps you are confusing it with cataract surgery which isn't done with laser but microsurgery?

    needing to wear spectacles is not classed as a disease so wouldn't be an eye health issue.
    • Sncjw
    • By Sncjw 23rd Sep 16, 7:24 PM
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    No I work in an eye department and there's many people who have laser treatment . Cataracts isn't done by laser
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