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Changeusernameagain1929383 · 28/12/2019 22:05

*Sorry not an aibu but cant find a suitable topic - if anyone knows where best to place please let me know and I will ask for it to be moved.

Where did you get your laser eye surgery ? Was it successful ? Was there any complications ? How soon do you get the benefits ? (Straught away, few weeks ? )

I really want it done but have such a huge fear i could go blind however I know that the surgery is fairly common place these days. I have been looking at a couple of companies, and there seems to be a huge price difference between the two but I know just because it's expensive doesn't mean it is necessarily the best.

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Itsjustmee · 28/12/2019 22:10

Mine was optimax and I was short sighted
Around 10 years ago i paid £2200
I have perfect 20/20 vision going from milk bottle type lenses and very very short sighted
I got my eyes tested last year and I have just started to wear glasses for driving at night

They are not essential and I can drive without them but it just means makes things a bit sharper at night
Don’t watch Final Destination 4 or 5 can’t remember which one but there is a horrible laser eye surgery scene 😂😂


Sarahlou63 · 28/12/2019 22:10

I had mine done in the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin in 2004. Best thing I ever did (next best was my hysterectomy!).

Both eyes done at the same time, drove myself to the check up appointment the next day without glasses for the first time in 30 years.

15 years on (aged 56) just starting to need reading glasses.


Itsjustmee · 28/12/2019 22:13

Oh and my results were pretty much straight away . I could see the pin pricks in the ceiling from Xmas decorations it really was quite amazing to wake up and everything was clear and in focus:
No complications apart from a slight headache afterwards
When I went back for my post op check up a week later the surgeon told me that I had the best results that month so far 😌


Itsjustmee · 28/12/2019 22:15

My other half had his done around 15 years ago
Very short sighted
Paid about £2000
He’s gone slightly long sighted in recent years and wear glasses for driving but everyday stuff he is fine without glasses


ringme · 28/12/2019 22:16

I had mine at Optical Express, the best 2K I’d ever spent in my entire life. This was about 10 years ago and my eyesight is still fine. It will degrade with age naturally but it corrected my shortsightedness back then.

Don’t be worried - the technology will have evolved even more. If I could have it again when my eyes get bad I wouldn’t hesitate but don’t think it’s possible anymore Sad


drivingtofrance · 28/12/2019 22:17

About 16 years ago. Optimax - it was about £1200 total.

I could see instantly and had perfect vision for 11/12 years. I now need to wear glasses to drive as one eye has gone back a little - only to - 1.00. However I'm now in my 50s and the need for reading glasses is kicking in..

I was very happy with the results though.


EBearhug · 28/12/2019 22:18

Moorfields, about 20 years ago. Worth every penny (which was about £1300 per eye, plus £100 for the initial consultation.) I had my eyes done separately, a month apart, because I figured that was reducing the risk.


EBearhug · 28/12/2019 22:19

Also, I'm 47 and don't need reading glasses yet (tested in the sumer.)


Bonkersblond · 28/12/2019 22:19

Optical express 10 years ago, one of best things I ever did, still got 20/20 vision, have needed reading glasses for last couple years. I thoroughly researched the surgeon who would be performing surgery. Dry eyes were an issue at first, for quite some time. Crystal clear vision immediately, I went into theatre not being able to see the clock and came out being able to.


bebanjo · 28/12/2019 22:20

Hi, I had mine done 20 years ago in Birmingham.
I had 20 20 vision the next morning.
Followed all recommendations and have had no problems.
Had to start wearing reading glasses 3 years ago but distance vision is still fantastic.
I’m 50 next week.


nervousfirsttimer1985 · 28/12/2019 22:26

Hi. I had mine done at optimax. It was avout £2000 9 years ago. The results were instant really although straight after it I did have some light sensitivity for a few days. My vision was 20/20 last time I had my eyes checked. They do say that it does naturally deteriorate as you age but hopefully I have a few years left! It was one of the best things I have done


Changeusernameagain1929383 · 28/12/2019 22:26

Thank you for the quick responses :)

Optimax and optical express have been the two I have been looking at.

I really need to get a 'personalised' quote however optimax quote in region of 2k per eye and on the website optical express is something like 'from £599 per eye (can't remember exact figures). I have been told that what ever optimax quote you, to say you will think about it and they phone you back with a reduced price.

I'm long sighted but my optician says my eye sight 'is not that bad'. I can't remember the exact prescription, but I honestly feel like I'm going blind. In the shower I can hardly make out the writing on the shampoo bottles and once I nearly put my mums feminine wash on my face as I thought it was face wash:(

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Coulddowithanap · 28/12/2019 22:28

Had mine done at Optimax in London. Cost a small fortune but it's one of the best things I've done, only wish I did it sooner. I could notice a difference in my vision straight away, I remember sitting in a dark room afterwards and could actually see my mum's face rather than the usual blur without my glasses.
I followed the aftercare to the dot and still have perfect vision. Had it done around 10 years ago.

I definetly recommend going to a few different places to get quotes and a feel of what the ace is like. For example my local optical express was truly awful, I asked them what could go wrong and they actually laughed and said nothing would go wrong!


MustDust · 28/12/2019 22:31

Optimax 10 years ago, mild light sensitivity since and very occasional drier eyes but no negative side effects afaic. Results were within minutes. No regrets.


powershowerforanhour · 28/12/2019 22:31

Both done at the same time 15 years ago at Ultralase Newcastle. Was quite shortsighted- about -5.5 both sides. From memory vision was a little patchy with areas of sharp perfection and some not straight away- settled to perfection by next morning and still as good or near as dammit...haven't been tested in years. Still amuse myself by reading far away signs because I can. Don't need reading glasses yet (I'm 40). No dry eye or night glare.
Best money ever spent.


Inhismemory · 28/12/2019 22:34

I was going to start this exact thread. Thanks op going to read through now.


Ontheboardwalk · 28/12/2019 22:38

Can you have it done multiple times?

I’m in my 40's and have just started to have to wear glasses but with a low prescription. The glasses are annoying me but I couldn’t wear contacts

Could I have the surgery now and again in the future?


Rosegardensandgin · 28/12/2019 22:39

Interesting, the thought of it makes me feel quite sick but my glasses bother me every day (opening an oven, rain, waking up in the night and fumbling for my glasses)
Am I right in thinking you are awake but can get a sedative to help Confused


WeGoHigher · 28/12/2019 22:41

Watching the thread, very interesting.

I think I would be upper end price as I'm a minus 5 and minus 6.


ILikTheBred · 28/12/2019 22:42

@Ontheboardwalk I think you can have it done more than once - I know two people who had to have it redone after their sight deteriorated.

What’s your current prescription? A low one isn’t a reason to not do it - I had it done 5 years ago when my prescription was -1.50 in both eyes. It was worth every penny.


ILikTheBred · 28/12/2019 22:45

Yes you’re awake but they give you a Valium beforehand (or at least they did at my hospital). I kind of regretted taking it though - I was fine for the first eye but felt very woozy for the second one and found it harder to keep it open.


FoxInABox · 28/12/2019 22:48

identical to @Itsjustmee - mine was Optimax around 11 years ago, and I have ever so lightly just started to be short sighted again, have been given glasses for driving. I would definitely do it again if it’s possible. I got a bargain deal, had the best possible type at the time, paid around £1500 if I remember rightly. Experienced no pain, and recovered really quickly. Just keep on top of the eye drops etc.


QOD · 28/12/2019 22:50

Optimax Fenchurch Street. About 25 years ago £350
Only got my dominant eye done and been glassesbfree since even though my un treated eye is incorrected. So I have mono vision when both eyes open

Works a treat


Changeusernameagain1929383 · 28/12/2019 22:52

Just reading through the comments - very helpful thanks

Can I ask - what was the deciding factor that made you go for that particular company ? The price ?

I hope to save half /finance half but I find it very hard to justify. Got +++ credit card debt so should really sort that out first :(

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RhinoskinhaveI · 28/12/2019 22:56

There seems to be lots of people in their fifties who had it done 10 or 20 years ago go but I'm in my 50s now and I feel as if my eyes are changing too quickly for me to have it done.
What do opticians mostly do when their vision needs correcting? That would be the acid test surely?

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