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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 8th May 06, 11:35 AM
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    Laser Eye Surgery Cost Cutting Tips
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    • mad_despot
    • By mad_despot 6th Jul 18, 12:19 PM
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    I had laser eye surgery on one eye quite some years at now, at Optimax. I'm afraid I strongly recommend people not to undergo this treatment.

    While not terrible during the day, I have slight double vision all the time in the treated eye. However, in lower light conditions, by which I mean anywhere indoors, including in the office, at home etc, as well as outside at night, the vision in the treated eye is appalling - very hazy indeed, as well as significant 'halos' around light sources. The pupil expands beyond the treated area, this is what causes most of the side effects. I certainly would not be able to drive at night if I had had both eyes treated. As it is, I wear a contact lens in my untreated eye, so I'm not much better off than before.

    Realise that those offering laser treatment are making money out of it, so you can never rely on what they tell you about the proportion of people who experience issues, or the extent of those issues. There are other treatments, such as permanent contact lenses, which may be a better option, although I don't know enough to comment on these.

    My advice is, don't have this surgery.
    Last edited by mad_despot; 06-07-2018 at 12:20 PM. Reason: Removal of blank lines
    • Chrisb1990
    • By Chrisb1990 7th Jul 18, 9:08 AM
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    Mad despot there are mixed reviews with many having no issues at all but great eyes. Did you have lasik or lasek? Because normally if you don't get the outcome you would like they do corrective surgery to fix it. Also why did you only have it done in one eye?
    • mad_despot
    • By mad_despot 7th Jul 18, 2:53 PM
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    Mad despot there are mixed reviews with many having no issues at all but great eyes. Did you have lasik or lasek? Because normally if you don't get the outcome you would like they do corrective surgery to fix it. Also why did you only have it done in one eye?
    Originally posted by Chrisb1990
    I had PRK, which generally has fewer complications than lasik, as there are not the problems associated with the corneal flap, and they treat a larger area; however, they still only treated, I believe, 6.5mm, which many people's pupils will often expand beyond. I believe the treated area is under 5mm with lasik, hence leading to worse starburst issues etc.

    It was the policy when I had it done to treat one eye at a time, probably because PRK required more healing time. I'm very glad indeed that I didn't have both eyes done.

    It's always hard to believe the reviews of anything that you read on the internet. Even in this thread, who's to say that someone in the business of offering this type of surgery isn't posting made up reviews?

    Yes, some people say they've had a great result, but, along with plenty of others, I strongly advise people not to do it. If you are really determined to have it, at least have one eye done (they treat your worst eye first) and wait until that's fully healed before deciding whether to have the other eye treated; you may well decide not to have the other eye treated as I did.
    Last edited by mad_despot; 07-07-2018 at 5:19 PM. Reason: Removal of apostrophe
    • Chrisb1990
    • By Chrisb1990 8th Jul 18, 11:10 AM
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    Lasik has fewer complications because the flap is put back down after so only need to heal around the edge. Lasek the whole thing has to grow back which means you can take weeks to recover fully. I know people myself who have had it done and have had no complications so it wasn't just from reviews, however trust-pilot is a good source still.


    The laser optical express use at bluewater which is where I am having it done is a laser called visx which has a 9mm treatment area so I guess it was older technology used when you had a it done.


    There are better lasers out there like the German schwind laser but I believe that would mean a travel to london and im not sure if optical express have that I think its Optimax. Optimax however don't have a better laser down this way than optical express.
    • mad_despot
    • By mad_despot 11th Jul 18, 2:10 PM
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    Crisb1990, I recommend you have a good look at this website:

    http://lasikcomplications.com

    and this page:

    http://lasikcomplications.com/largepupils.htm

    They don't treat 9mm, there is a blend zone, but the treated area is not more than 6.5mm. The lens area of my contact lens is 8.5mm by comparison and my pupil extends a fraction beyond that. Believe me, when your pupil expands 2mm beyond the treated area, the vision is very poor indeed.

    You certainly need to have your pupils measured in low light (mine get larger after exercise I've noticed).

    Having a flap cut in your eye brings with it various potential complications.

    The trouble is, the vast majority of information you can read about this surgery on the internet is provided by those with a vested interest in downplaying the risks, i.e. those who are making money out of offering this procedure.
    • Chrisb1990
    • By Chrisb1990 15th Jul 18, 8:32 PM
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    Mad_despot, I had my surgery on Tuesday and the results have been absolutely amazing. By the very next day I had better than 20 20 vision and it just continues to get better. Best thing I have every spent my money on imo.
    • JEN22
    • By JEN22 16th Jul 18, 2:58 PM
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    where did u get it done
    • Chrisb1990
    • By Chrisb1990 17th Jul 18, 9:37 PM
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    Optical Express
    • Chrisb1990
    • By Chrisb1990 18th Jul 18, 8:13 PM
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    Also mad despot this is the visx laser. A 9mm treatment zone


    https://www.lasereye.com/technology/visx-star
    • mad_despot
    • By mad_despot 20th Jul 18, 4:57 PM
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    Chrisb1990, firstly I'm very glad that you're happy with the outcome you've had.

    They say the treatment area is up to 9mm, but that isn't the same as the corrected area; they can't cut a lens that big in the front of your eye because of the amount of tissue that would have to be removed.

    For sure, if you have smaller pupils then this may well be satisfactory. But the flap that is cut can still cause long term problems and my advice to anyone is still the same; wait for better alternatives, such as permanent contact lenses, to become well proven. Your sight is not something to take chances with.
    Last edited by mad_despot; 20-07-2018 at 4:58 PM. Reason: Blank lines removed
    • f1maverick
    • By f1maverick 25th Jul 18, 8:42 PM
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    Just had my consultation with OE. Very pleasant experience. Drops and all procedures were ok. No discomfort. (Just struggling to focus to write this message.)
    Was told i am a candidate for ilasik wave yadayada and was quoted based on my subscription. 4190. I simply told them it was no where near the figure I would settle for. 10 mins later in another room after all procedures/talks and videos, I was told that after speaking with head offices, 895 was knocked off and was given a new figure of 3295. Whilst this is a good chuck, again, its not at my desired price.
    Can anyone speak from their experience on whether the will contact me and budge on their latest quote.
    Might go elsewhere to get another quote.
    Made it clear I was not in a hurry.
    There was no pressure in signing up and left pretty satisfied with my experience.
    • f1maverick
    • By f1maverick 26th Jul 18, 9:59 AM
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    Just got a call there.
    Did not budge on cost however, they offered me 24 months interest free.
    From anyone's experience, do they ever budge on cost from this point?
    • C_Mababejive
    • By C_Mababejive 28th Jul 18, 8:24 AM
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    It is amazing that somersetting so critical as eye surgery is sold as if it were a commodity in a souk .
    Feudal Britain needs land reform. 70% of the land is "owned" by 1 % of the population and at least 50% is unregistered (inherited by landed gentry). Thats why your slave box costs so much..
    • MrsMopnot
    • By MrsMopnot 6th Oct 18, 10:48 PM
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    Reasons not to have laser
    People posting here seem to be basing their decision to risk their precious eyesight on the lowest cost.

    Recommend you visit OERML website forum & Facebook & think again!
    (Can't add links because I don't have enough Brownie points!)
    • MrsMopnot
    • By MrsMopnot 6th Oct 18, 10:51 PM
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    Optical express Troll
    All your posts advertise Optical Express!!
    • SCGoulette
    • By SCGoulette 31st Dec 18, 4:37 AM
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    Hi,
    Well, I did a LASIK eye surgery as well. I had some -2.5 power in both my eyes, though it was not a very high power but I had to do it anyway because I was have both cylindrical and spherical glass. So, I was unable to wear contact lenses also. It was blurr without specs and I felt lack of confidence wearing those specs. It was all scary when I first entered the operation theatre but then eventually it became easier. My eyes were all red after the operation and I had like 20 eye drops a day and a thousand precautions plus daily follow-ups. I was a living corpse for like one month.
    But now I feel amazing without specs and more confident. It's all clear now and I don't have to worry about removing my specs everytime I wash my face or have a bath or just anything.
    • Mark Pickering
    • By Mark Pickering 8th May 19, 6:31 PM
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    Laser eye surgery
    Hi, just looking at the possibility of going through same.... new to site so not sure how to find your updates.... especially as was so long ago
    Any help/advice appreciated.
    Mark Pickering
    • Mark Pickering
    • By Mark Pickering 8th May 19, 6:46 PM
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    Costs
    Hi, read your thread. I am looking at going through exactly the same as yourself so would be interested in any outcomes.....
    But as a guy who has spent a life time in Sales & Marketing, would like to recommend things that you can try.... I know I'll be doing these when I have the finances...
    1. Get more consultations!! (Provided they are FREE)
    2. Make sure that each place you go to knows that they are NOT the only people you are/have consulted with.
    3. Get the best offers put in writing !!
    4. No one offers Interest Free finance without it costing THEM money!! Say that you are NOT interested as you want their BEST CASH DEAL!!
    5. Get a Copy of the Cheapest quote, and email a copy to all the other consulted Companies and see if they are willing to undercut for your business......
    6. Repeat step 5 as necessary so that the original cheapest get a chance to be exactly that again..
    7. Choose your option...
    Good Luck. Hope this Helps. Upfate me please.
    Regards
    Mark
    • TF03
    • By TF03 21st May 19, 9:51 PM
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    Hi all,

    So went to see Optical Express in Bluewater today. An ok experience. Nothing special. Had all the tests done (I use them for my eye tests anyway previously) and they have said I am ok for LASIK with their iDesign.
    My prescription isn't overly strong so they have quoted 2990 for both eyes which I believe is their base price for that treatment anyway (I am still going to see if they will move on that, but it's not a priority).

    They have said that my pupil diameter is 7.2mm in both eyes. I asked the question about glare/starburst at night etc due to my pupil size (as prior reading suggested that 6.5mm was the maximum?).
    OE said that with their equipment and by having iDesign, it would still all be ok with my size pupils. Having done a bit of reading about again, there seems to be some conflicting evidence around about this?
    Does anyone have any more info on this or personal experiences?

    I'm going to speak to the again on Friday and I'll ask for further clarification on the issue as well.

    Cheers all
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