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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 9th Sep 05, 2:56 PM
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    Great Laser Eye Surgery Hunt
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    • 9th Sep 05, 2:56 PM
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    Great Laser Eye Surgery Hunt 9th Sep 05 at 2:56 PM
    Where can I find cheap laser eye surgery? is a question I'm often asked. There are lots of deals out there and a whole new form of tourism springing up around it.

    I'd like to tap MoneySavers' enormous research powers to gather them all in one place. Now of course this isn't a recommendation for doing it. That's something only the person having it done can decide based on their own circumstances after full, detailed research.

    Yet so many people are asking I thought I'd gather all the best deals, 2 for 1s plus the safest way to do it in one place. Even if you've gone abroad to do it let me know.
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  • JenniO
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    • 9th Sep 05, 3:04 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 3:04 PM
    Optimax clinics are from 595 per eye.....which is strange as when I had my eyes done there 5 years ago it was only 499 per eye but there you go. Very professional atmosphere and I was happy with my results.
  • abomb1969
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    • 9th Sep 05, 3:30 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 3:30 PM
    Optimax are on ebay 695 or 795 both eyes, its their MD selling spare capacity and you can email him direct from there (apparently). Personally as a -7.50 myopic I am waiting until intralasik (using laser for flap cut instead of a blade) becomes affordable its 5k at the moment.
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    • bluenose1
    • By bluenose1 9th Sep 05, 4:01 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 4:01 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 4:01 PM
    Optimax are on ebay 695 or 795 both eyes, its their MD selling spare capacity and you can email him direct from there (apparently). Personally as a -7.50 myopic I am waiting until intralasik (using laser for flap cut instead of a blade) becomes affordable its 5k at the moment.
    by abomb1969
    Hi,
    had a look on ebay but couldn't find offer from MD!!
    Were about is it please?
    Regards
    Anne

    Woops found it - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laser-Eye-Surgery-all-in-price-BARGAIN-to-BOTH-EYES_W0QQitemZ5613793154QQcategoryZ75084QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 19-09-2005 at 2:20 PM.
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  • Ted_Hutchinson
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    • 9th Sep 05, 4:45 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 4:45 PM
    Previous threads
    Lazer Eye Treatment
    Laser Eye Surgery (Cheaper long term?)
    Laser Eye Surgery?

    Have got some useful links although none to beat the Ebay, Optimax offer, which I understand from previous posts when it was much cheaper, offers the same treatment as the full price Optimax treatment but at a time to suit them rather than you but if you can be flexible timewise it's a great saving.

    However I feel everyone contemplating this treatment should read the threads through carefully including the NICE guidelines and pay particular attention to those with a professional understanding of the long term consequences or what they may involve.
    • RACHIE77
    • By RACHIE77 9th Sep 05, 4:50 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 4:50 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 4:50 PM
    I've just had my eyes 'lasered' by Optimax and am so pleased - I registered on their website ages ago and got a special offer sent through recently for 'friends go free' it seems they send these out every so often so my friend and I took them up on this offer and had surgey in August! Well worth the money! I would advise people to register with the companies and wait and see if anyone gets any special offers through that take their fancy??

    I'm not sure if it is mentioned in the other forums but if you are an NHS employee you get half priced treatment at Optimax.

    Hope this helps - Rachie

    p.s. if anyone wants to know more about the surgery just ask or PM me !
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 19-09-2005 at 2:23 PM.
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  • Ted_Hutchinson
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    • 9th Sep 05, 5:04 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 5:04 PM
    Perhaps we should have a thread where MSE "friends" can link up to take advantage of this type of promotion. Did you have to both appear at the same centre at the same time?

    If you don't have to both be at the same centre at the same time then using MSE "friends" would work quite well.
    • the devil made me do it
    • By the devil made me do it 9th Sep 05, 5:07 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 5:07 PM
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    • 9th Sep 05, 5:07 PM
    my eye sight is too poor for this technique
  • tigermatt
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    • 9th Sep 05, 5:10 PM
    395 per eye - http://www.thelaserclinic.co.uk
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    • 9th Sep 05, 5:10 PM
    Hi. I've found the following site, offering laser eye surgery at various stores located around the UK from 395 per eye. A quick look found that there are many stores around or within major cities that do the actual treatment. They also offer a free consultation. The website is http://www.thelaserclinic.co.uk.

    Hope this helps someone
    Where can I found cheap laser eye surgery? is a question I'm often asked. There are lots of deals out there and a whole new form of tourism springing up around it.

    I'd like to tap MoneySavers' enormous research powers to gather them all in one place. Now of course this isn't a recommendation for doing it. That's something only the person having it done can decide based on their own circumstances after full, detailed research.

    Yet so many people are asking I thought I'd gather all the best deals, 2 for 1s plus the safest way to do it in one place. Even if you've gone abroad to do it let me know.
    by MSE Martin
    Last edited by tigermatt; 09-09-2005 at 5:11 PM. Reason: I don't know why two quotes (of the same message) appeared. :doh:
  • lozthompson
    I would call into one of the Eye clinics and ask how much a cancellation would cost. My girlfriend did this in Leeds and got it for 600 (both eyes) interest free.
    • weaver
    • By weaver 9th Sep 05, 5:42 PM
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    I had my eyes lasered in July at Accuvision in Birmingham, It was fantastic no pain no hassle and excellant service - recommend to anyone. Its a new clinic at Solihull but they have had a clinic in London for years.

    I checked out Ultralase in Leeds but wasnt very impressed with the service.

    I used a web site called www.lasik-eyes.co.uk (click on clinics ) to get an impartial view on all clinics, as people post their experiances for each clinic. Excellant source of information

    I had the custom wave front surgery, Accuvision also do surgery on people who have been turned down by other clinics as the laser they use is very non intrusive and removes less cornea than standard lasers. If anyone wants to know further details pm me.

    I will however say this - dont even consider surgery unless you have read lots of experiances and are 100% certain you want to go ahead. It is a surgical procedure and does carry risks(all be it small ones, you need to be aware of them)

    I have 20/20 vision now, Its the best money Ive spent and so simple and painless.
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 19-09-2005 at 2:25 PM.
    • Al_Jolson
    • By Al_Jolson 10th Sep 05, 12:19 AM
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    In response to Weaver's experience, above, I had a different treatment and a different experience.

    I went for the Epi-Lasek, which has a bit of a recovery time but does not involve any incisions (Lasik involves a flap of the top layer of the eye being cut away, folded back, and replaced afterwards).

    Well, while I am absolutely thrilled with the results, I must admit that the first night was terribly painful, and I think it's only fair that people realise that.

    The treatment itself is entirely painless, due to the anaesthetic eyedrops, but within 15 minutes of leaving the surgery the pain hits home.
    All you will want to do on the first night is get the provided sleeping pills down your neck and try to escape the experience.

    However, by next morning it's a different story. By then, the pain has been replaced merely by the gritty discomfort, which by comparison feels like a welcome massage. From there on, every new day brings surprisingly massive improvement.

    For me, it was a full 2 days before I could open my eyes. One day later the grittiness was gone entirely. And one day after that, the haziness lifted. I took one more day off work due to sensitivity staring at a monitor, and since then my sight has been 100% as good as it was with my specs. No sensitivity. No glare.

    However, I am aware that I am lucky to achieve these results. Particularly so soon. A small amount of web research into this treatment shows that there's at least a 1 in 10 rate of those for whom the treatment is not fully successful and require to go back for a re-treatment.

    Anyway, onto the moneysaving. I signed up to the Optimax mailing list after a colleague had a successful treatment. A few months later I received an offer which was 790 before September or 890 before October. This was with 10 months interest free credit.

    However, since then, another colleague of mine has gone down the eBay route. It seems very bizarre, but it is nonetheless genuine. No money changes hands via eBay payment methods. All that happens is that you get an email which tells you to call Optimax directly, quoting your reference number. From there you can choose your date and Optimax surgery location. He got his for 795 with 12 months interest free credit.

    If anyone is considering getting this treatment, please feel free to PM me with any questions.

    P.S. I don't know if astigmatism has anything to do with the first night pain levels, but my colleague who, unlike me, required no treatment for astigmatism, said that her first night involved nothing more than severe discomfort. Or maybe it's just coz I'm only a man.

    P.P.S. One more thing. If you're going for Epi-Lasek and don't have anyone to look after you, or you can't afford to be rendered entirely helpless for a few days, then I would recommend getting one eye done at a time. It would mean you'd miss out on the special offers, but it would also mean that you can find the toilet, or even find the painkillers that you left lying somewhere.
    Last edited by Al_Jolson; 10-09-2005 at 12:30 AM. Reason: Afterthought
    • weaver
    • By weaver 10th Sep 05, 8:39 AM
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    [QUOTE=Al_Jolson]
    P.S. I don't know if astigmatism has anything to do with the first night pain levels, but my colleague who, unlike me, required no treatment for astigmatism, said that her first night involved nothing more than severe discomfort. Or maybe it's just coz I'm only a man.QUOTE]

    Al-Jolson - glad you are happy with results - got to admit I steered clear of the procedure you had due to the pain involved, The customised wavefront I had was totally painless with very,very slight discomfort afterwards (like youve left your contact lenses in too long, or you have an eye lash in your eye ) You take drops every hour and in the last 50 minutes the discomfort kicked in, but disappeared once you put in the drops. After 4 hours the discomfort disappeared. You also have a clear lens put in after surgery which is removed the next day.
    I also had an astigmatism in one eye which is cured, The actual laser was on one eye 13 seconds and on the other 30 seconds, its a very quick procedure. I could see immediatly after surgery but you are advised to keep your eyes closed as much as possible to aid healing.

    The next day I did my shopping at tesco and the day after I was driving (could have driven the day after surgery but advised not to )

    ps - Its not a man thing re the pain, Im really squimish so I chose the painless option (cluck, cluck )
    • RACHIE77
    • By RACHIE77 10th Sep 05, 12:23 PM
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    I also had the epi-lasek procedure and agree completely with the descripton Al has posted. It hurts like mad but you have to bear it and by the next day its not too bad. I spent all weekend with big puffy eyes and couldn't open them which means you cant walk to the loo, take your tablets/drops, have a drink etc without help, but it was well worth it! I was driving again within 6 days and have no prblems with glare, sensitivity or haze.

    In case anyone is wondering, my prescription was -4.5 and -5.5 and I am also lucky enough to have 20/20 vision now.
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    • pre-reg
    • By pre-reg 10th Sep 05, 1:36 PM
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    I'm not sure if it is mentioned in the other forums but if you are an NHS employee you get half priced treatment at Optimax.
    by RACHIE77
    Do you have any more info...i work in the NHS and cannot find any info about the half price treatment. Thanks
  • KathrynPenguin
    Optimax are great - BOGOF?
    Let me say they still are offering a great price deal and combined with their professionalism and the fact that laser eye surgery is their specialism I don't think you can beat them. Also with their follow up I found their price unbeatable.

    I first had my eyes done at Optimax when they had only the one clinic in Finchley Road London back in the early 90's. It was all very lovely and professional although the surgery was still quite new and the laser did not adddress astigmatism. Over the next couple of years my then boyfriend and my Mum went there (when I first had it done Mum couldn't as she was too bad but the lasers improved over the years). It was the cheapest option by far at the time and we were all very pleased with the results. We were told that if we were to need re-treatment in the future for any reason it would be half price.

    Over the next few years my astigmatism got worse and I ended up back in glasses. In March 2000 I returned to find out about having my eyes done again - I was getting married in July and wanted to walk up the aisle and see where I was going. I was told that the new lasers did do astigmatism and they could treat me. By then they were also doing bi-lateral treatments and I wanted to get both eyes at once. I was told that they would rather wait until they got a new topography machine to do my left eye as the astigmatism was really bad but that they could do the right eye now. I figured one eye would get me down the aile.

    Then I went to book it - I first asked what the cost was "re-treatment is free" how much cheaper can you get! Then she started looking at the diary to book me in, they were busy and she offered me Saturday 1st July - my wedding day. I nearly burst into tears as I explained to her I wanted it done for my wedding that day. She went and had a word with the boss and came back and squeezed me in for the following Saturday. I had the second eye done after my honeymoon and my eyes have been great since.

    So customer service, excellent, results of surgery, excellent and value for money well buy one dual treatment and get one free!

    I hope it helps any of you trying to make a decision, feel free to email me if you want to know any more.
    • glosman555
    • By glosman555 10th Sep 05, 4:25 PM
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    Has anybody who has had laser eye treatment noticed any change in their night vision; some years ago I read it caused a halo effect around street lighting and car headlights which put me off having it done.
  • Rosie123
    Great Laser Eye Surgery Hunt
    I had a consultation at Accuvision - the place that claims to treat people other clinics can't. They told me I had thinnish corneas but should get a favourable outcome. I then went to Centre for Sight and saw a top consultant who told me that my corneas were extremely thin and to have laser surgery would be extremely risky - I could risk developing a very serious eye condition. So be warned maybe Accuvision treat people that other clincs won't - not can't!
    Get your laser eye surgery done at a clinic that treats all kind of eye conditions not specialising in laser eye surgery. Centre for Sight is based at a hospital so they treat all kinds of conditions and not just cosmetic eye enhancements. They will tell you like it is and not just want to get you on the production line. Also see the consultant at your screening and make sure he/she is a corneal specialist and not just trained in laser eye surgery!
    • Al_Jolson
    • By Al_Jolson 11th Sep 05, 1:45 PM
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    Has anybody who has had laser eye treatment noticed any change in their night vision; some years ago I read it caused a halo effect around street lighting and car headlights which put me off having it done.
    by glosman555

    They can actually predict whether you will get the halo effect I believe. As part of my consultation, the doc put some tool over my eyes so that he could view the way the pupils reacted to complete darkness. He told me immediately that there was no abnormal pupil enlargement, and that that meant I wouldn't see any halo's.

    The only thing about this is that you pay 60 for your consultation, which takes place an hour before the treatment itself. If you're not suitable or change your mind, then you've gone through all the mental and practical preparation for nothing, and you're 60 down.
  • bha.fatboy
    It will all depend on which type of eye surgery you are after. I had mine done a couple of years back and it cost me 1800 for Lasik treatment. PPK is usually the cheapest but you will not get accepted into the Police force ( the reason I had mine done ) if you have PPK treatment. Would have to say that it is probably the best money I have ever spent and within 5 years I would have made my money back as I had contacts and glasses.
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