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2155User Thu 06-Aug-20 15:56:11

Consultation tomorrow so looking for advice/experiences.

Current vision is -1.25 on both eyes so nothing major but still short sighted.

Prices start at 1.5k per eye... but I think start is a key word

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JLbaby Thu 06-Aug-20 16:01:04

I had mine done about 8 years ago, best thing ever. My eyes were worse than yours, about -5.75 in each eye. I had it done in Harley Street after visiting about 3 other clinics, I’d definitely recommend visiting different places and seeing where you feel most comfortable.

Greenteandchives Thu 06-Aug-20 16:01:41

I had this done about ten years ago. Best thing I ever did.
I wore specs/lenses all my life. It’s not a pleasant experience but it doesn’t take long. My vision was perfect the next day, and still is.
Yes it’s expensive. I think I paid about that price all those years ago, but I reckon I’ve saved more than that now in new specs, lenses and solutions and prescription sunglasses. Plus swimming, skiing, snorkelling, scuba, sports and gym workouts are all so much easier.

2155User Thu 06-Aug-20 16:16:31

Yes, I'm an avid swimmer and diver so this is why it appeals so much!

Tomorrow is my first clinic. They've been excellent over the phone/email so I'm hoping it's good.

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lindyloo57 Thu 06-Aug-20 18:33:25

I had it done 15 years ago best thing I ever did, had it done in Norwich I think it cost two grand if I remember, its great waking up in the morning and can see the time without having to put specs on,

2155User Tue 11-Aug-20 20:34:34


Can I ask where you had it done as I'm looking at a place on Harley Street?

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CarinaClaws Tue 11-Aug-20 20:37:44

9 years ago at Focus Laser Vision. Amazing. I should have done it years before!

Summerdayss21 Tue 11-Aug-20 20:39:20

It was hands down The Best thing Ive ever spent money on.

JLbaby Tue 11-Aug-20 21:01:40

They are now closed unfortunately, I just googled them! It was Advanced Vision Care.

Binglebong Tue 11-Aug-20 21:26:22

I've had it done three times. Eyes go perfect then over months they over heal. Not as bad as they were (they were very bad pre first laser) but I wear glasses now if I'm tired or driving at night.

Beware of glare/starring as well - that can be a problem.

Worth doing but side effects are not as rare as you get told. I can't have anything else done now but if I could (and had the cash!) I'd go for lenses replacement now.

Mrstwiddle Tue 11-Aug-20 21:36:59

I had this done 5 years ago, definitely worthwhile BUT like a previous poster mentioned it can cause night vision to become worse, I struggle driving in the dark now because of the glare.

im5050 Thu 13-Aug-20 23:54:43

I had it done over 10 years ago paid £2500 both eyes my prescription was 5.2 4.1 I think
It’s only recently I’ve started to wear glasses for driving at night

Cookie79 Fri 14-Aug-20 08:40:28

DH had it done in 2001 - lazik in one and the traditional prk in the other. It was at a clinic just on town hall square in Manchester.

Best thing he’s ever done for himself, he was really, really short sighted and forking out a fortune for daily lenses as the normal ones were resulting in a build up of protein.

His eyes are still great, no need for reading glasses yet and his night vision is fine - he works nights a bit so drives a lot in the dark. In fact his optician can’t believe he doesn’t need reading glasses yet given that he’s mid-forties and the length of time passed since he had it done.

Binglebong Fri 14-Aug-20 15:27:10

Forgot to say - there are two types of op. One w where they cut the cornea and one where they scrape it. Can't remember names but if there is a choice go for the cut. The other hurts!

Ineedtobecalm Fri 14-Aug-20 18:29:59

I think LASIK they cut and LASEK they scrape. Recovery from LASIK is quicker, but LASEK they can do sometimes if you're not suitable for LASIK.

Had LASIK 5 years ago at optimax with a similar prescription to yours OP. 3k for both eyes. Worth every penny. Had surgery Saturday lunchtime, could cook at 6 pm, back at work on Monday.

Frankiemintz Fri 14-Aug-20 18:57:03

2155User - how did it go today?

I must admit, I’d like my eyes done too but I’m just too scared of the actual procedure!

showgirl63 Fri 14-Aug-20 20:57:05

Hope your consultation went well.
I had laser surgery nearly 30 years ago so was very early technology - was great and took me from -6 to needing no glasses for nearly 20 years. Then in last 10 years old age meant I became long and short sighted and was faffing around with bi-vocals.

Went for consultation and old laser technology had left me with mid-sharpen and scarred eyes, so just before lockdown I bit the bullet and had lens replacement surgery. Follow up appointments delayed due to Covid but now booked to have a bit of laser tweaking on one eye later this month

As pp said, there is a little bit of short term pain if they have to do the scraping, and I get a bit of halo effect on bright lights, but that is lessening and shouldn't be a major issue after 6 months.

The fact that I chose to go back for a second round of treatment is testimony to how much the first improved my life!

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