Laser Eye Surgery?

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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby Hammerite on Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:15 am

Samba wrote:Had it done in 2003.
Optimax Croydon, Lasik, £500 per eye. Sure it would be more now. More types of treatment now, as well.
Chose a top professor to do it. Not a great deal of pain afterwards unlike earlier PRK....
Had worse dental appointments.
Would not go abroad for it.
Glad I did it?
100%
What's your prescriptions, H?


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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby kenthammer1984 on Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:32 am

i have often thought about it as i am -6.5 in both eyes, and had contact lenses since i was 10, but i just can't bring myself to have it done when there is the smallest risk of something going wrong and me losing my sight!

also - how the **** do you keep your eyeball still when that massive **** of a laser is coming at you about to burn your ****ing eye?
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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby wizzo_66 on Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:43 am

My missus is a specialist optometrist, works in high street practices and in a hospital.

She wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless glasses/contact lenses aren't possible and your quality of life is poor.

She doesn't believe the risks are fairly reflected anywhere.
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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby Hammerite on Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:47 pm

kenthammer1984 wrote:i have often thought about it as i am -6.5 in both eyes, and had contact lenses since i was 10, but i just can't bring myself to have it done when there is the smallest risk of something going wrong and me losing my sight!

also - how the **** do you keep your eyeball still when that massive **** of a laser is coming at you about to burn your ****ing eye?


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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby Hammerite on Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:54 pm

wizzo_66 wrote:My missus is a specialist optometrist, works in high street practices and in a hospital.

She wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless glasses/contact lenses aren't possible and your quality of life is poor.

She doesn't believe the risks are fairly reflected anywhere.


That...and the fact that if everyone did it all Optometrists would be out of a job :wink:
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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby wizzo_66 on Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:53 pm

Hammerite wrote:
That...and the fact that if everyone did it all Optometrists would be out of a job :wink:


Given that 80% of her time is specialist glaucoma and child correction work, it's an area with very little vested interest.

Not to mention that no, none of them would be out of a job as more than half of an eye test is about the health of the eyes, not the quality of sight.

I looked into it myself and wouldn't touch it with a shitty stick. But then I am quite happy wearing glasses or contact lenses for my -4 prescription. That won't be the case for everyone.

There are risks before the laser is even turned on if you are having surgery that requires incision.
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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby Hammerite on Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:55 pm

wizzo_66 wrote:That...and the fact that if everyone did it all Optometrists would be out of a job :wink:

Given that 80% of her time is specialist glaucoma and child correction work, it's an area with very little vested interest.

Not to mention that no, none of them would be out of a job as more than half of an eye test is about the health of the eyes, not the quality of sight.

I looked into it myself and wouldn't touch it with a shitty stick. But then I am quite happy wearing glasses or contact lenses for my -4 prescription. That won't be the case for everyone.

There are risks before the laser is even turned on if you are having surgery that requires incision.


A comment made in jest, but appreciate your input...food for thought :thup:
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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby Samba on Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:08 pm

kenthammer1984 wrote:i have often thought about it as i am -6.5 in both eyes, and had contact lenses since i was 10, but i just can't bring myself to have it done when there is the smallest risk of something going wrong and me losing my sight!

also - how the **** do you keep your eyeball still when that massive **** of a laser is coming at you about to burn your ****ing eye?

I suppose it really all comes down to how MUCH you want it done.
I hated wearing glasses, could no longer wear contacts, weighed up all the pros & cons & decided I wanted to give it a go.
If you don't mind wearing glasses & with, you have perfect eyesight, there is much less incentive to have it done.
No procedure is 100% without risk but for some people it is worth the (very low) risk.
For other it isn't & that's fair enough.

The device that cuts the flap on the front of your eye (I know!) in lasik, stops your eye from moving at all, all through the (painless) procedure.
You couldn't have it done if your eye was free to move!
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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby Second Ball on Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:32 pm

I had it done at Ultralase in Tottenham court road in 2001. I was -5.50/-5.00 and since then I've had better that 20:20 vision up til I hit my 50s , now I need reading glasses so no Issues. Take someone with tho and follow instructions for after care. When I had mine done there was a bomb scare so the area was closed for a couple of hours. Me and my missus went over the road to wait it out in the pub. First I missed a step on the way in, then sat there in a smoky pub while the anaesthetic wore off - not recommended...

To the person about the risks - no doubt, my last check suggested I'd probably need cataract treatment early ( around 70) but then contact lenses aren't risk free either so there's a balance.
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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby westham,eggyandchips on Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:54 am

Mrs Eggs got hers done in '03 at Ultralase in Chelmsford. £1150 per eye. Best thing she ever had done according to her.

For all those traveling abroad to save money.......how much is a return flight to these destinations?
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Re: Laser Eye Surgery?

Postby Briggsy on Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:45 am

Out of interest, has any one else has Lasek done?

I was told my eyes were unsuitable for Lasik.
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