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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 8th May 06, 12:35 PM
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    Laser Eye Surgery Cost Cutting Tips
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  • curly92
    Laser eye surgery in Turkey
    Laser eye surgery in Turkey. I have just returned after having the lasik Customised (wavefront T-cat, Q-mode) with intralase. The surgery in the eye Hospital was pain free and i could see a great improvement straight after surgery. my eyes were a bit sensitive to light but after wearing sunglasses were okay. I took advantage of a free eye test in this Country but the starting price of £395 per eye jumped to £1000 per eye without the Intralase. Now probably £1250. In Turkey i paid a total of £825 for the better painless treatment and would not hesitate to do it again if i had to. I will be doing a more detailed story with the information that i have available at a later date for anyone that is interested
    by curly92
    Laser eye Surgery in Turkey
    Here is a bit more of the information that i previously wrote about for anyone that is thinking about having laser surgery.
    After taking advantage of a free eye examination in England and as I was a suitable candidate for laser I was quoted £2000 for the surgery which I don’t think included Intralase. I found a web site www.kaskaloglu.com (click on the English flag) which is an eye hospital in Izmir. Professor Kaskaloglu has been teaching and practising ophthalmology for 27 years and was voted best of the Show at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Congress in Orlando in 2002 and he performs over 2000 cataract and Lasik operations every year. He has all the latest machinery. I looked up the information and then sent him an email to find out the prices and arrange an appointment; there are different treatments, from which I chose the best which cost Preop exam 80 Euros, about £55 and Lasik Customised (Wavefront T-Cat, Q-Mode) with Intralase 1190 Euros, about £800. First we booked a cheap holiday to Kusadasi in Turkey through the Gold Trail brochure from Hays Travel. We paid £215 each, insurance etc included, for 2 weeks staying at the Zorlu Hotel which was clean and basic, with very friendly and helpful staff and in a good location, my appointment was booked for 1st May at 10 am. We got the Luxury coach from the Elbirlik Office in Kusadasi to Izmir (Central Garage) cost 17 ytl about £7 for 2, then 3 ytl about £1.20 for the bus (no 50) from the ground floor of the station to Alsancak, (pronounced Alsanjac). We got off the bus at Kulturpark (26th August Gate) and walked straight down the road where there is a signpost to the Eye Hospital. The no 250 bus goes to a different side of the park but you can come out at 26th August Gate. The eye hospital is spotlessly clean and all the staff wear white. I had my eye examination on the morning which found a torn retina which was immediately repaired (was not found in England) then my eyes were lasered at about 4pm the same day. (Painless), the worst part was when they inserted and removed what felt like a jeweller’s eyeglass in to my eyes, I only have small eyes. Straight after Surgery with the help of Sunglasses I could see an immediate difference, you do need sunglasses and the help of a Partner as you are supposed to keep your eyes closed as much as possible for the first day. We then got the bus back from Alsancak to the Central Garage where we bought our coach tickets from the Elbirlik kiosk and got the coach back to Kusadasi, another 3 plus 17 ytl about £8.20. That’s about £16.40 return for 2 people. My check-up appointment was for the next day, another £16.40, that’s about £33 for 2 people for 2 days transport. From what I could gather the price of a taxi from Kusadasi to Izmir is about 90 euros each way, about £60, that’s £240 for the transport. The saving by using the Bus is over £200. Not including spending money I paid about £1100 for my fortnight’s holiday in Turkey including the Laser.
    Probably £2500 now just for the laser treatment in this Country.
    For anyone that is interested these are some of the sites that I used.
    www.turkeytravelplanner.com
    www.adiyamanli.org/aegean_region.htm
    www.kaskaloglu.com
    Last edited by curly92; 31-05-2006 at 11:27 PM.
    • Boomdocker
    • By Boomdocker 1st Jun 06, 12:27 PM
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    Boomdocker
    This is interesting as I had my Laser eye surgery with Ultralase last October. I had worn glasses for 10 years or so and was terrified right up until the last minute as I have the lowest pain threshold ever. BUT as part of my research I spent a few months sending off for all the packs/DVDs you see advertised on the TV, registered on line and decided to have a free consultaion with Ultralase who results and technology, to me, seemed the best. I never, ever viewed this as picking the cheapest but picking the best primarily.

    Dont get me wrong, I don't have money to burn, far from it, I just feel that this is a situation when you need to use a reliable, trusted, proven provider and not forego those qualities to save a few quid.

    Its a very personal thing and I would recommend to anyone, even though I was and still am 100% happy with Ultralase, to do your own research. Research your provider, the clinicyou are going to (as results can from clinic to clinic), your surgeon, your surgery type. And that way if you pardon the pn you will go in with your eyes wide open.

    My quote as around 3000 for both eyes. As a previous poster said ask about discounts. I work for a retailer that enabled me to get 20% which was most appreciated and saved my 600, the rest I am paying off on interest free credit with them. I could not have afforded this otherwise and I thrilled to be glasses free with no complications at all.
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  • cmhbyandco
    The cheapest option by far is with Optimax and you can go through ebay and both eyes 'done' for the price of one. It cost me £895 for both eyes & it was fantastic. You can also have interest free credit on that amount too. No need to go abroad if you have excellent service such as this here.
    I would highly recommend this company, as the care I had was fantastic & I havent looked back(sigh!!) since!
    All my contact was with the owner of the company & he was highly professional just as his staff was at the clinic.

    Check it out -

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laser-Eye-Surgery-Treatment-to-BOTH-EYES-only-895_W0QQitemZ9523011737QQcategoryZ75084QQssPageNam eZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    sorry you will have to cut & paste!
  • daleuk
    The cheapest option by far is with Optimax and you can go through ebay and both eyes 'done' for the price of one. It cost me 895 for both eyes & it was fantastic. You can also have interest free credit on that amount too. No need to go abroad if you have excellent service such as this here.
    I would highly recommend this company, as the care I had was fantastic & I havent looked back(sigh!!) since!
    All my contact was with the owner of the company & he was highly professional just as his staff was at the clinic.

    Check it out -

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laser-Eye-Surgery-Treatment-to-BOTH-EYES-only-895_W0QQitemZ9523011737QQcategoryZ75084QQssPageNam eZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    sorry you will have to cut & paste!
    by cmhbyandco
    Im thinking about this too! Just not sure if they could get the eye lid opener in! I dont even think I can put contacts in! lol
  • thespacecowboy
    Im thinking about this too! Just not sure if they could get the eye lid opener in! I dont even think I can put contacts in! lol
    by daleuk
    believe me, they'll get it in!

    Optimax just use tape, not clamps for the eyes.

    I had Lasik 10 days ago, well recovered. One eye is recovering (sight wise) slower, but getting better.

    I paid only 850 for both eyes, managed to get a 2:1 deal out of them :-)
    • eezer
    • By eezer 13th Jul 06, 10:32 PM
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    eezer
    I had Lasik treatment (the less painful one but more expensive) 18 months ago after wearing glasses for 15 years. Of course it was uncomfortable but not painful for a couple of days but the results for me are fantastic with no obvious side effects. The cost then was 600 per eye and worth every penny. I went to Optimax in Liverpool. I'd recommend them to anybody.
  • thespacecowboy
    £1200 is about the typical price for Lasik at Optimax. Although the lady who went in after me paid £1500 :-P

    I'd still pay that much for the treatment, especially as their competition is much more expensive.
    The staff were great and couldn't have helped me more
  • redeyez
    1st of all......anyone considering laser treatment should look at the ophthalmologist.....is he wearing glasses????? if YES then WALK OUT......if he is NOT wearing glasses....ask him who did their treatment and go to them to have it done!!!!!!!!!!!. All this talk about trusted names is a load of boll**cks.....these people in high street locations are in it for the money....GO to Moorfields Eye Hospital....thats my opinion..trust me I work in the Optical profession
    • pre-reg
    • By pre-reg 26th Oct 06, 11:32 PM
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    are you a surgeon??
  • point3
    I had Lasik for myopia in 1999 in Harley Street. The cost then was about 3000 - worth every penny! I now have 6/5 (slightly better than 20/20) and 6/6 vision.

    When choosing where to have your operation, consider not only the cost and the fancy names given to the technology available (they all work in the same way after all), but think also about how accurate the pre-op assessment and planning are and how accessible the post-operative care is (especially important should you ever experience complications).

    I worry that those travelling to foreign destinations for surgery may be compromised if they have rushed pre-operative assessments in an attempt to complete all treatment within the duration of a pre-booked trip, if the quality and accuracy of the ophthalmic assessment and subsequent planning are compromised by language barriers and if there is insufficient aftercare following surgery because the patient has left the country where the operation was performed. OK, 99 chances out of 100 there will be no problems, but it's still something to think about...
  • waz101
    Cheap Laser Eye Surgery
    In this country Optimax is the cheapest
    I got mine done 14 years ago ago at the first Optimax clinic in London the procedure then was PRK which was incredibly painful afterwards and you had to wait 6 months between each eye and i had to use steroid eyes drops for 5 months after each eye. Saying all that it was worth it, i still get a bit of glare and sensitivity to light but I've got used to it, I think your brain adjusts to cope.

    good luck

    Warren
  • RFC1871
    I had the surgery by Optimax in Southampton 3yrs ago and whilst my eyesite is perfect I do suffer with dry eyes now. This does not sound too bad , however, when I am tired or have been in a dry or dusty environment my eyelids stick to the surface of my eye and tears the surface of my eye. Yes this is uncomfortable... very!!! and happens on average once a month.

    I returned to optimax for about 2yrs with this problem then gave up as I was on my third "lets just try the XYZ eyedrops again" and realised that I was just going to have to live with it.

    This said however my eyesite has never been better and I only know one other person who has suffered problems (Starbursting) most people I know who have had the surgery are very happy with the results.

    The important question in my mind is would I have it done again....... Answer... Yes, but my friends always say I never learn from my mistakes!
  • Man-Alive
    I paid only 850 for both eyes, managed to get a 2:1 deal out of them :-)
    by thespacecowboy
    How did you swing this deal?

    I have just been quoted 1390 for Lasik treatment for both eyes + the 30 consultation fee.

    Thanks Rob.
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  • cmhbyandco
    Check on ebay to see if they are still doing special deals. I paid 2 for 1 also & that was through ebay.

    Good Luck
    • mutley74
    • By mutley74 21st Dec 06, 11:05 AM
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    mutley74
    anyone suggest where i can get any discount offer for Ultralase? I have consultation with them very soon. I dont know anyone who can get any company discount via schemes.

    also having consultation with optical express and optimax.
    • gwapenut
    • By gwapenut 21st Dec 06, 11:39 AM
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    gwapenut
    I was very interested in having this done in my mid-twenties, being -6 or so.

    I was on an info list from a well known clinic, and they recommended I watch a TV program that was airing about it.

    The program was basically about a fireman who was approaching his 40th birthday. He'd had ok eyesight when he became a fireman, but there is a compulsory retest at 40 and he was going to fail. Not being allowed to wear contact lenses or glasses "on the job", he was facing the sack.

    I can't even remember if he did it or not, but the harrowing aprt was when he went to a doctor for a consultation who was strongly advising him not to go thru with it, saying "you're young, it's too risky for you, etc".

    So I thought - he's 15 years older than me, and needs it for his job rather than cosmetic reasons, and he's getting that advice. So at that pont I decided against it.

    That said ... it WAS back in the days wheh it was closer to PRK, and of course the doctor could have been scaremongering. But it was enough to put me off it while contact lenses, though inconvenient, are an option. I think only if I had to stop wearing contact lenses would I reconsider. And the older I get, the more likely I am to become long-sighted anyway.

    Sorry, I'm not sure this post is particularly useful as it probs falls into the rumour and propaganda category. Just wanted to relay something which for me personaly was well and truly enough to put me off having it done.
    • mutley74
    • By mutley74 6th Jan 07, 2:51 PM
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    mutley74
    anyone have any discount codes for ultralase they can offer??? been told by clinic i just need a code for them to use in order i can get a discount!
  • Man-Alive
    Check on ebay to see if they are still doing special deals. I paid 2 for 1 also & that was through ebay.

    Good Luck
    by cmhbyandco
    I had a look on E-bay and found the ad from the Chief Exec of Opitimax - they were advertising treatmeant from £395 per eye, for short notice appointments - but they were not currently selling off any of these.
    Their website currently quotes from £595 per eye, but I had already been offered a deal of £495 per eye if I booked in a appointment for 2007 in December. Not wanting to miss out on any further savings I gave them a call & mentioned that I had seen the advert on E-bay (not mentioning that it was currently showing as none available!). With very little effort I was able to get myself moved from the £495 per eye to the E-bay price of £395 per eye.
    Result!

    I am off for my consultation on the 2nd of Feb & will post again after that to let you know how I get on.
    Office Monkey
  • cmhbyandco
    Great news Man-Alive..........you will not be disappointed. It has been the best decision I made. Even better with the cheap deal.

    Good Luck!!
  • Man-Alive
    Quick update - had both my eyes done in Optimax in Leeds on Friday, all went well & I am back at work today.
    As stated above I had been promised a 'special offer price' for Epi-Lasek by Optimax - I used this as a bargaining point on the day as I went for a different treatment in the end (Wavefront Lasik). The girl in front of me paid £2400, after a bit of a chat with the friendly Optimax staff I paid £1480.

    Result!
    PS - If anyone has any questions about my experiences just drop me a line & I will be happy to pass on what I learned.
    Office Monkey
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