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      21.03.2011 01:03

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      Not a good experience.....Don't suffer like I've done

      I booked my consultation at viewpoint after a recommendation from my optician. After the initial consultation I decided to go ahead with the wavefront guided lasik eye surgery. At the time of the surgery my right eye seemed to take forever and it was discomforting. That day my eyes were extremely sore and I had a severe headache. Once I attended my follow-up I was told my vision was 20/20. I didn't believe this to be correct as I was still struggling with my vision. I then decided to book myself in at my optician and have an eye test which resulted in -0.75 in both eyes. After discussing this with my surgeon I was advised the opticians are only telling me this to sell me glasses. However I continued to struggle with my vision in dim lighting and at night. It has been just over 2 years since my eye surgery and I have had another eye test at my opticians who have now confirmed my vision is -1.0 in both eyes. My optician stated I was becoming short sighted again and also informed me they have stopped referring customers to viewpoint after they had failed to honour their incentive for referring patients. I then contacted viewpoint who said I had been discharged so it wasn't there responsibility and it would cost me £80 to have my eyes checked again. I thought this was ridiculous after being an existing patient. I really should have known better as when I had my initial consultation there was a customer arguing over the phone who wasn't happy with their surgery. Then when I had my surgery there was another angry customer on the telephone and again the surgeon was claiming it was not his responsibility as the patient had been discharged. I could have pulled out at this stage and looking back now I would have done if given the opportunity again. On one occasion for my follow-up I had travelled all the way to Manchester only to find the clinic closed and my appointment completely forgotten about. I found this very unprofessional. I advise anyone considering any form of eye surgery to avoid viewpoint at all costs. Even my optician has stopped referring patients to viewpoint after complaints. Viewpoint have since moved to St Helen's Hospital, St Helens. Please, please beware of this clinic.

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      16.03.2011 19:38

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      I had Wavefront Lasik surgery almost one month ago in Harley st optical express clinic (London) and I'm very happy with the results!! The operation itself is very quick and really painless. It just feels uncomfortable after the anestethic drops wear off but it only lasts for couple of hours and the painkillers help a lot!!I was able to see clearly after 1/2 hour from the op!It is amazing....the surgeon and staff were very kind and caring!I have some vouchers for £150 off ( they expire on 21 april 2011 ), so if you are interested just drop me an email: vitalunetto@yahoo.it

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      01.11.2010 13:42
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      You only live once!

      This is my account of the events that took place on November 5th 2007. I'm hoping that an account rather than a review will help people understand what it's like to have this surgery.

      November 1st 2007
      I've just read the consent form for my imminent treatment. It sounds like the outcome could be 1 of 4 events. I could have clear vision, poor vision, absolutely no vision or have a multitude of side effects. It certainly doesn't brim one with confidence.

      I know its all matter of fact and put together to ensure that me, the patient knows of all eventualities but it doesn't half give you the giheebies!

      November 5th 2007
      All I can say is - "what a day"!

      We arrived at the surgery at 11:40 this morning (5th November) and signed in using a pre typed form on a computer located at the corner of the waiting room. Having filled that in I was asked to enter a side room where they conducted various tests on my eyes. These tests included a full mapping of the eye (Wavefront) and also pressure testing where a puff of air was shot into each eye. From here, after a short wait in the waiting room, I was asked into another side room where a full eye examination was conducted. This was a typical examination not unlike any other I'd experienced in the past.

      Once I returned to the waiting room I witnessed various people being turned away as they weren't suitable for treatment. For anyone seated there this was an uneasy moment. I wasn't sure how I would handle the rejection if I was one of the unlucky few. I was then called into the consultant's room. The surgeon had all the information that had been acquired through myself and the previous tests. He did another eye examination on me and compared the results to the information laid out before him. He quickly stated that my sight was rather severe and that I had a 93% chance of being driving standard. I am a -7 to -8.5 on both eyes so a 93% chance were good odds to me. He then gave me the news I'd been waiting for - that I was suitable for treatment. Apparently one of the key requirements for surgery is to have a retina of a certain thickness. Too thin and the surgical cut would be compromised. I decided that the treatment should be performed on the day. I was to be offered Lasik ("flap surgery") with Wavefront and Intralase.

      I was directed to the front desk to make the payment and to schedule the surgery. The time was currently 1:30 pm and the hunger had gotten the better of us. I paid and set the surgery time to 2:30 pm. Naturally my appetite was meagre and it was during this break that the nerves began to show. I remember returning to the surgery at around 2:15 pm and trying to remain calm whilst awaiting my call. As with all surgery there is a risk and all these risks were in my head during this time! I was called in at 14:45 and was asked to enter the surgical room. I was asked to walk across a sticky strip of material at the entrance of the room and to don a surgical hat - very sexy! I was asked to sign a further declaration and asked to lie on the operation seat. Above me was a device that had various light apertures of which would have been the cutting for the Intralase procedure. This procedure is an option to Lasik which uses a laser instead of a held blade increasing accuracy especially for severe sighted patients. Having removed my glasses my ability to view what was going on was impaired. Maybe that was just as well.

      My eyes were cleaned with Iodine and quickly began to sting my eyes. They then inserted some anaesthetic into both eyes of which offered immediate relief. A plastic sheet was then placed over my face exposing my right eye. The eye was then place in a clamp of which various pressures were placed on the eye. It wasn't particularly an uncomfortable experience though it did resemble the feeling of my eye being sucked out of my face! During all these procedures being still was of paramount importance. The laser then performed the flap cut on my eye. I remember seeing the flap being removed from my eye and the light of the laser implement went a pure white. It was then put back on and the first procedure was complete on my right eye. The same was performed on the left. I did find the experience very calming. During this process the surgeon was informing me what was happening and I could hear gentle music being played in the background. I was escorted into a quiet room and my vision was the same as before as the laser correction hadn't yet been performed. After 10 minutes of rest and a few glasses of water later I was escorted to the second surgical room. This is where my laser correction was to be performed. I was asked to lay upon the surgical chair and a similar implement was located above my head. This one had a red and green laser light. The green laser was something for me to focus and concentrate on and the red laser was to perform the correction. I had the same face cover applied as before and the surgeon manually removed the flap on my right eye. The laser then performed the correction procedure. It made a cracking noise and you could smell the burning of the laser. Some people have claimed this is the smell of your eye burning but is untrue. This lasted 40 seconds and was accompanied by one of the operatives counting the time down. Once completed, the flap was reapplied and various cleaning agents were also used. A protective lens was also added to protect the flap healing process. It was then the turn of the left eye. Once complete, two protective eye shields that resembled the eyes of a fly were stuck onto my face and I was again escorted in the dark room.

      The final part of the day involved me receiving my eye drops and instructions which formed the aftercare package. I was booked in for a visit on the 6th November to have my protective lenses removed and was sent on my way. It was rather embarrassing having to negotiate the rough and tumble of the rush hour train commute home looking like a fly! Once home, I went straight to bed to rest my eyes but soon after applying my first dose of eye drops did my eyes begin to sting. Reminiscent of peeling onions it was constant and I was forbidden to touch them. This lasted 4 hours by which they had calmed down. I shortly fell asleep! The end of a memorable day!

      November 6th 2007

      Eye See - Part V
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      I awoke during the night with dry eyes and conducted the obligatory eye drops. These need to be applied every 2 hours during the first two days although you are expected to get some sleep. Once I awoke my vision was a little muted. This was down to my protective lenses (remember the fly mask!). Once removed my sight was pretty good. It was a little soft and hazy but was reasonably detailed. I had another appointment with the clinic so we ventured back to Leeds.

      Once I arrived they applied some anaesthetic in my eyes and gently removed my protective lenses. Once the lenses had been removed I could see even clearer although a slight haze was still evident. An additional examination then took place. A small infection has been found on my left eye where the flap was cut. I'm assured it isn't serious and have another appointment on the 8th November. If my currect medication doesn't heel the infection then another anti-biotic will have to be administered.

      I left the surgery and was able to go about my business with pretty good vision! Upon returning home I did feel weary. The vision I have is making me a little tired right now but I will become accustomed to it shortly. So far, I am very pleased with the results.

      One thing I have noticed is that I don't have any floaters in my eyes anymore. I used to be able to close my eyes and see them.

      November 12th 2007
      A week has passed so I thought I would provide an update to what has been going on. Currently my vision is very good. Very very good in fact. I am actually +1 at the moment and this over compensation is to allow for natural degeneration which, at my age, isn't far away. I managed to drive from Yorkshire to Scotland the other day without incident and my close up work has also improved immensely. There is still a minor haze to my vision which is more prominent in bright light and night time. This is something I have come accustomed to and I'm assured it will improve over time.

      I have finished wearing those silly shields during the night which has improved my sleep. My eye drop solutions have increased to three of which I need to take 4 times a day. I have found that my eyes are very dry when I awake every morning and the solutions provided provide light relief.

      To recap, I'm more than happy with my current vision and apart from a couple of foibles I couldn't have hoped for it to go any better than it has.

      November 20th 2007
      I thought I would wrap up this blog with a summary of my eye surgery experience and recommend some steps if you're thinking of taking the plunge yourselves.

      Firstly, the overall experience has been one of awe. The whole facade of being able to see perfectly after the best part of 30 years is utterly amazing. Secondly, the procedure that has given me this gift wasn't at all gruelling or fearful but one of amazement and excitement. Yes, I was nervous especially having paid the fee and knowing that this was the point of no return. So would I recommend it? Yes I would but only to people that are prepared for it. Therefore I have put together some pointers and tips to anyone who will be considering the surgery.

      1. Do your homework. The internet is a hive for information and various newsgroups are available. Drop a line to a selection of surgeries. I selected the larger franchises, i.e. Optimax, Ultralase etc. These are big enough to offer support if/when required and offer great cash incentives too. Do this first as being on their books and taking your time to apply will encourage them to offer you better deals.

      2. Ask around. I was staggered to find people I conversed with on a daily basis had either had the surgery or knew of somebody who had. This can be the best recommendation as you have first hand experiences shared with you. I found various people who visited my preferred surgery who gave them huge praise. That kind of encouragement distils any fears you may be having.

      3. Decide on the type of treatment you are suitable for. This can depend on degeneration of your current vision or simply your budget. This will prepare you for the steps ahead.

      4. Contact your preferred surgery, hopefully with a good offer previously provided. Bear in mind that you will be visiting the surgery with aftercare visits so ensure you can freely access the surgery. Negotiate a free consultation if they haven't offered this. You may find that you are unsuitable for treatment or you may find that the cost of your recommended treatment is too high so prepare to walk away if necessary. If you are very confident about the procedures it will be likely that the treatment can be performed on the same day. Preparation is required if this is the case so make sure that this service is available. If your sight is particularly poor you should consider having both eyes operated during the same visit. This is because the huge shift between each eyes vision may cause extra problems.

      5. When booking your consultation ensure that you have a friend or relative with you. You may find that you are in the surgery most of the day if you opt for the treatment to be performed there and then. It may also be wise to arrive by car rather than public transport as you will be wearing eye protection! You may be offered sleeping pills for the evening of the surgery as there is a few hours of discomfort to come. You will usually be asked to visit the surgery the very next day so make sure you're available with a friend or relative.

      6. I recommended that you book a week off work if you are having Lasik surgery despite claims that you can go back to work a couple of days later. I personally found my vision and headaches improve over the days after surgery and certainly didn't feel like working. You may want even more time for Lasek surgery.

      7. Ensure you attend all aftercare appointments. Most surgeries offer you the option to visit another optician for these appointments but they will more often than not be chargeable. This is why it is important to choose a surgery that is convenient to visit. You will be expected to apply eye drops for a few weeks afterwards too and my preferred surgery doesn't post their solutions to you.

      8. Donate your glasses to charity and don't forget to cancel any contact lens subscriptions. Some opticians will take back any unused lenses and will probably buy them back from you.

      9. Don't be fearful, you only live once. The technology has moved on in recent years and has become fairly mainstream. This has ensured that most surgeries offer the very best surgical equipment for their procedures.

      November 1st 2010
      I still have perfect eye sight and I've really enjoyed not having to use contact lenses or glasses over the years. Would I do it all over again. The answer would be a resounding yes.

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        17.09.2010 21:14

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        Ultra professional staff at Ultralase Manchester

        Initially I was concerned about the success of the treatment, would I be able to see as well without glasses and more importantly, would it hurt! but having met with Nina and Mike I was very quickly re-assured that my fears were unfounded. Their professionalism was exceptional with extensive eye tests and examinations and confirmations to verify if treatment was possible. When I was given the go-ahead it was only a few days later that I found myself in the most capable hands of treatment nurses Anne-Marie and Carrie-Anne, laser technician Chris and the brilliant surgeon, Joe Karthikappallil. Within ten to fifteen minutes my world had changed! I could see without the aid of spectacles and over the next few hours my eyesight improved minute by minute. I have nothing but the highest praise for all the staff at Ultralase Manchester. Would I recommend you have it done? You bet I would!

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        25.02.2010 19:36
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        The Consultants are sales people, keep that in mind at all times!

        Well, where do I start! My feeling when I arrived for my consultation was that the whole set up is focused on sales rather than eye care. The consultant I saw did a few tests on my eyes then went through the details he had to tick off on his checklist. It was a lot of information to take in but thank goodness my partner came in with me. I was told I would be suitable for lasik surgery, would have better than 20/20 vision and strongly advised of the extra benefits of the wavefront treatment (more money for them obviously!) I was asked if I had any questions and then almost immediately handed over to the person who takes the deposit and given a list of dates for the op. My partner suggested that I wait and think about it before booking there and then and later told me this was because he felt it had been a very hard sell and they seemed desperate to get the booking and deposit on the day. I decided the next day to go ahead with the treatment and so paid the whole balance as my surgery was only a week away. It wasn't until the night before the op that I read through the consent form that I had been told to take along so that the surgeon could go through it with me and came to a section for the over 40's which said PEOPLE OVER 40 WHO WEAR READING GLASSES WILL STILL NEED THEM AFTER THE SURGERY!! I was devastated. I am over 40 wear reading glasses and had told the consultant that I had tried contact lenses, didn't get get on with them, hated wearing glasses and that was the reason for looking into laser surgery. He obviousy hadn't taken any notice or deliberately chose not to mention this minor detail! After many phone calls on the morning of the surgery during which the consultant insisted he had told me about the glasses even though I had a witness to the fact that he hadn't and I assured him there was no way I would have booked the surgery and handed over the money had I been aware of this fact, I decided to go along to Cambridge to see the surgeon. Surprise, surprise they told me this happens all the time! People arrive believing they will be free of glasses and have to be told they will not! The surgeon was a lovely man and ironically found a problem with my eyes that meant I wasn't suitable for the surgery anyway but had that not been the case I would have lost my deposit because I had simply changed my mind in their view! I feel I was misled, not listened to and then not believed when I insisted I had not been given the correct information and would never go to Optical Express ever again. I would advise anyone thinking of having this surgery to wait a few days after the consultation and read absolutely everything they give you before paying any money. They were also very slow refunding my money which meant I had to pay my credit card bill which included the £2990 I had paid to them and then ended up in credit when they eventually made the refund! Also, has anyone out there ever had the £395 per eye surgery they so predominently display on all their advertising?

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        19.01.2009 23:21

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        i!got my surgery in may 2008 by optical express in Glasgow, i have to say the whole procedure was quick easy and painless!! i do now have the best vision, i can see better than people who never wore glasses.the only thing was the consultation, it was hard sell which was in kirkcaldy fife, and my aftercare i feel the optician just wanted to quickly check my eyes, the desperation to get me to fill out a survey every time i was there was annoying, i eventually stopped going for my check-ups stupid maybe but ive not had problems,i would recommed it if your not to worried about aftercare if it goes well you dont need it just make sure you use the eye drops etc properly and youl be good.

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        29.09.2008 02:11
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        Laser eye surgery, make sure your surgeon is reputable, and that you follow aftercare instructions.

        Firstly, in this review, I wont be doing an in depth report on the technicalities, or the science bit....

        Mainly because I am not a surgeon, and wouldnt want to get anything wrong.

        Ok, so for the majority of my life, I have been incredibly short sighted.
        If I sat with my laptop on my knee, I would need to wear my glasses. The only time i got to take my glasses off was when I was reading at night with the book about four inches away from my face.

        I have heard many things about laser eye surgery. Horror stories. *I went blind* stories.
        I always considered it far too risky to be a real possibility.

        A few months ago, my dad made an appointment with optical express, for a free consultation for laser eye surgery.
        I went with him for moral support, and on the day, they offered me my own consultation.

        The guidelines on who can or cannot have the surgery re (or should be) very very strict.
        Your pupils have to be a certain size, your cornea a certain thickness etc.

        Turns out I was a perfect candidate.
        (on a side note, my dad has decided against the surgery for now. He is 58, and short sighted. Currently, he doesnt need reading glasses, but if he were to get the surgery, he would.
        Laser eye surgery cannot correct the natural degeneration that happens to the muscles in peoples eyes due to age. He decided to wait until he did need reading glasses, and will then get the surgery).

        I jumped in both feet first.
        My best friends Dad had the surgery done about 20 years ago ( i believe), and although the surgery didnt go perfectly, he still rated it.

        I booked a slot, for a couple of months after my initial consultation, and that was that.

        Regardless of the fact that laser eye surgery is advertised at a stupidly low price, it was actually quite expensive, although relitively a small price to pay.
        For both eyes, for customVue wavefront and intralase lasik, it cost around £2500.00.
        This can be paid in installments, and many payment plans are possible.

        ok. a teeny bit of science. not too much.

        CustomVue wavefront=
        everyones eyes are different, apparently.
        Until recently, all lasik patients got the same bog standard procedure, which was great.....but customvue wavefront is better.
        lots of pictures are taken of your eyes, and all the little imperfections are recorded, so that when you get them zapped, its tailored perfectly for your eyes. this means that after customvue wavefront, your eyesight could be better than it is with glasses or contacts.

        Intralase=
        Intralase is basically where a laser creates the small flap that they cut open on your cornea, rather than a surgeon doing it with a teeny little scalpel.
        The laser does it completely perfectly.

        So yes. this is what I opted for. there were cheaper options, but you know, its my eyes. You kinda want the best.
        also, the thought of a surgeon with a scalpel cutting my eyes open kinda freaked me out. what if he sneezed?
        Laser sounded far better.

        Ok.
        Up until now, great.

        Couple of months to wait until procedure, perfectly happy and confident-great.

        I then made the mistake of going online and reading some reviews.

        HORROR.

        seriously. it doesnt matter how many amazing reviews I read, it was the bad ones that stuck in my mind.

        I took these problems to optical express, and they completely cleared my mind.
        The most common side effects occur when people are not initially suitable for the procedure in the first place, or dont follow up on the aftercare.

        DAY OF PROCEDURE.
        My best friend took me to the clinic, in Salford Quays, Manchester.
        You HAVE to have someone else take you. Obviously you wont want to be driving afterward.
        The staff were lovely. very kind, and reassuring.
        You go in, and have lots of different tests done, just affirming what your own optician has done previously.
        The you wait a little while, and are finally taken into what can only be called an operating room.

        I must point out, that by this point, regardless of how calm and collected I have been previously, I started bricking it.
        Seriously. I wanted to run.

        All I could think was *they are going to cut my eeeeeyyyes open*

        I was sat down on a dentists chair, and had a couple of sets of eyedrops in.
        Apparently these are anasthetic, and also to stop you from wanting to blink.

        Next, they put a clockwork orange type device on your eye ball, to stop your eyelids closing.
        This doesnt hurt I might add, but feels like a funny pressure.
        You cant see anything horrible, or feel any pain. i promise.

        Next, you are positioned under a machine. you are told repeatedly, to stay very still. which is quite a lot of pressure, but quite easy to do when you are so petrified of moving.

        You see, from the corner of your vision a red light.
        Again, you dont feel a thing.
        it was then focused on my other eye.
        This machine is the laser that cuts a tiny tiny flap of skin on your cornea.
        The surgeon then leans in, and pulls the flap back, so that your eye can be lasered underneath.

        This wasnt painful either. just odd. i saw the surgeon lean in, and then something slippy happened on my eye, and everything went dark for a split second.

        You are then repositioned under another machine. this is the machine that lasers away all the imperfections that causes your eye sight to be screwy.

        All you can see is a blinking red light. it takes twenty seconds top, each eye.

        again, absolutely no pain.

        then, when thats all done, the surgeon leans down, does something slippy again to your eyes, repositions the flap, and it sticks back down, all by itself, no need for glue or stitches.

        i was then sent outside.

        By that point i was just so relieved it was over, and my body was all floppy from tensing my muscles so hard.

        The surgeon quickly checks you out, gives you your eyedrops (three sets to be used regularly-and DO use them, its important) some goggles to sleep in, and some reading info about aftercare, and sends you on your sweet way.
        I put my sunglasses on (your eyes are light sensitive afterward), and my boy drove me home.

        The drive home was rather disconcerting. I was finding it hard to open my eyelids, like I was drowsy or something.
        when i got home, i slept, for a few hours.

        When I woke up, although a bit uncomfortable, and really worried about knocking my eyes, I could see!

        Really see. Perfectly.

        Since then, my eyesight has got better and better.

        For the first few weeks, or months, you cannot CANNOT rub your eyes. that little flap they cut? the one that just sticks back on?
        You dont want to knock it. that could screw things up.

        I thought I would find it really difficult, but its been a couple of months now, and I havent rubbed my eyes by accident yet. You just get used to it.

        Afterward, I had funny little red bruises on my eyes, but then went after two weeks.

        Im just going to say now, because I was really anxious to know after I had it done, you can wear makeup a couple of weeks after.

        For two weeks I steered clear of mascara, eyeliner, anything tricky to put on or get off, but now, im wearing anything.
        you just have to be really careful taking eye makeup off, as again, you cant rub your eyes.
        gentle dabbing only :)

        Ok. I think thats about all.
        All I really want to say, and im sorry it took an essay to do it, is that its perhaps the best thing I have ever done for myself, and would recommend it to anyone.

        On a side side note-my best friend has perfect eyesight. annoyingly so. he was always pointing out things that i had no hope of seeing.
        according to my optician, my eyesight is now better than 20/20.
        me and the boy have been testing my eyesight, and his is still marginally better than mine. I just figure he must be super human, because my eyesight is pretty damn amazing now.

        ok. im done :)

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          10.07.2007 21:26
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          Summary: so glad i have had it done but more time and info needed from surgeon and staff

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          i have been a regular patient of optical express for about 10 years and have regularly had my eye tests there and had my glasses and contact lenses from them. When i heard the free consultations were being held in wolverhampton i plucked up the courage and went ahead. I was told i was suitable for laser eye correction and they told me what the best treatment would be. i agreed to the treatment and paid in full for my treatment which cost just over £2000 as i needed lasik wavefront treatment. I had a fantastic consultation and felt at ease with all the info given to me. I had my treatment a week later in birmingham. Feeling very worried and nervous i arrived for my appointment at 8.15am. I was greeted by friendly staff who offered tea coffee and croissants. I was not seen untill approx 9.10 where i was asked to hand over my signed consent form and to fill in my details on yet another sheet as they did not have my details from the week before. They did not know what treatment i was having, was calling me the wrong name and even got my date of birth wrong. I was very worried by this point. i had another consutation to make sure i could still go a head and have scans taken of both eyes. This was all explained. At 9.30 i saw the surgeon, who was very quick with going over my details and offered very little imput into what i was about to experience. i was then preped with anaesetic eye drops and taken into the suit where i was to have my procedure carried out. Very little was explained to me throughout the procedure and the whole thing was very uncomfortable but painfree. It was over in 10 minutes. I was taken to a dark room where a nurse spoke to me about my after care and eye drops all in about 5 minutes. I did not feel worthy to the staff who were there and the whole morning was like a cattle market as soon as one was done another was going in. It was a very quick turn over. I expected the ammount of money i paid up front would of given me some fantastic care but i recieved very little and was not put at ease throughout the day. On the other hand my eye sight is fantastic 24 hours after the procedure and i cant thank the surgeon enough for giving me a free life without contatcs and glasses but i do feel he needs to spend more time with his patients. I was home 3 hours later having to wear sunglasses and taking regular pain releif but that i expected and had settled down by the end of the day and the next day my sight was near perfect. This is a personal experience and i really appreciate my sight and i am pleased that i under went this procedure. Hope i have not put people off. Maybe my expectations were to high!! Is this just optical express? I have rated 3 stars for level of personal attention recieved but 5 stars on a whole for my sight being better then ever.

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            01.06.2007 00:52
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            A lot of risks and complications surrounding this so called "simple surgery" - read up on it!

            To get straight to the point I am glad I didn't have Lasik surgery done! I had been curious about it for a while and decided to go for a free consultation at Optical Express (as I saw them advertising for approx £390 per eye).

            On the day of my consultation the staff were pleasant but I got the feeling they weren't completely sure what they were talking about and didn't have much experience. I had numerous amounts of tests done on my eyes including one where they put drops in your eyes to relax the muscles and dilate the pupils (which by the way leaves you unable to focus on anything and very sensitive to light). I was told I was an good candidate for the surgery and was recommended to have the Wavefront Lasik done and was then told this would cost £2590 for both eyes!

            After being told this I was a little put off by the idea of spending so much money but the consultant I had was very pushy. Despite me saying I wasn't sure I'd be able to afford the monthly installments he insisted I should go ahead and said "If you think about it too much you won't go through with it" - Great advice for someone making a serious decision about a very important aspect of life, my sight! Anyway the consultant kept pushing me and even started filling my details into the loan agreement on the computer before I had totally agreed, this made me very uncomfortable and pressured to the point where I agreed. When it came to signing the loan agreement I suddenly realised the drops they had put into my eyes were still having an effect and I couldn't read a single part of the paperwork. Once again the consultant had some great advice "It's ok I;ll be giving you a copy of it all you can read at home" - No good reading an agreement at home that you've already signed! In the end he told me to sign where he was pointing his finger on each page as I couldn't see a thing.

            I was then told I wouldn't be able to cancel this agreement as you have to cancel a week before your appointment to receive a full refund and he had gone ahead and booked my appointment for 5 days time - therefore voiding the cancel policy on the agreement (nice tactic!).

            I was extremely worried about the whole procedure during the next couple of days, after reading some horrific stories on the internet of surgeries going wrong. I think I rang Optical Express about 4 times in a day to speak to someone to try and put my mind at rest but I still couldn't help but think I had made a huge mistake rushing into this. However the consultant kept insisting it was too late now and I wouldn't be able to cancel without loosing all of my money.

            In the end I went to have the surgery done and on the day they retook some tests. I insisted on seeing the surgeon before I signed any consent forms as I had a lot of questions to ask her about possible risks and complications (as this was never explained to me during my consultation). It was a good job I had asked to see her as when she was speaking to me she took a look over some of the tests that had been done on my eyes and noticed something strange. Apparently every time they took my presciption it was coming up different (including 3 tests that had been done one after the other). She then decided to have a look into my eyes and noticed I had a natural shake in my eye - the eye was shaking from side to side. She seemed shocked that this hadn't been noticed until now and told me the laser would be unable to following the shake in my eye and would end up correcting the wrong part! She also noticed one of my pupils was larger than the other and that the strengths of my eyes kept changing too. So that was at least 4 reasons why I was unsuitable for Lasik which had only been picked up as I was sitting in the waiting room about to have the surgery done! The surgeon told me if I went through with the surgery I would ruin my eyesight completely and she wasn't willing to go through with it.

            I'm just so thankfull I had a good surgeon who knew what they were talking about and was looking out for my best interests - It just goes to show I was probably right about the other people not knowing what they were talking about!

            It was a scary near miss situation and if I have any advice for people it is this:
            If you are thinking about laser eye surgery take a step back and REALLY think about it - afterall you only have one pair of eyes and ito only takes one mistake.
            Really read up on everything before you go ahead with it - especially make yourself aware of the risks and complications and view the following sites before committing to anything

            www.lasiksucks4u.com
            www.lifeafterlasik.com
            www.lasikmemorial.com
            www.lasikdisaster.com

            Although these sites may seem horrific, I feel I didn't have the best understanding of the surgery until after reading them. I have been told I will never be a candidate for laser correction and I am glad, even if I was told I could go ahead and have it done and it wouldn't be a problem I would still not go through with it now.

            Your eyes are so important, and you just might not realise that until its too late.

            Thanks

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              Optical Express, CHEAP and NASTY !

              i made an appointment for a consultation, the nearest to me was about 50 miles away, i found out when i got there that if i wanted to go ahead and have surgery, i would have to go up to london, which ok i can put up with as this is such a good deal! the consultation went well i am a good candidate for surgery, i will have to pay £200. deposit,then make the appointment. which i did, the appointment was only 2 days after, went along all ready and raring to go, met the surgeon, he looked at my consultation papers, then told me that he wouldnt go ahead and do this. they will send my deposit (that i had paid by debit card) back to me, i should receive a CHEQUE within the next 10 - 12 WORKING DAYS, which the cheque will then take 5 days to clear, so where is all my interest going? even if optical express tell you they will do it, this means nothing! this FREE consultation is carried out the day of surgery by the surgeon, if the surgeon is not happy about doing the op. fair enough, it is for my safety
              but "WHERE IS MY DEPOSIT"!
              I feel Optical Express have conned me.
              I think laser treatment is a good thing, and have found other companies which have found no problems with regards of giving me laser eye treatment, they have told me i have thin corneas, but this proves NO PROBLEM, so Optical Express DO NOT have appropriate equipment. GOOD LUCK !

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              I had LASIK laser eye surgery 2 months ago. This opinion is a bit about what LASIK is and how it works, but mostly about my experience of it. What is LASIK? LASIK stands for Laser In Situ Keratomileusis. Sounds all a bit complicated doesn't it!! It is a method of correcting short or long sightedness using lasers. The basic method is that a flap is cut in the thin protective layer (called the epithelium) on the fromt of your eye to reveal the cornea, which is then re-shaped using a laser, thereby correcting your vision. There are other methods that are non-surgical - i.e they do not cut a flap in the eye, but use other 'non-surgical' methods to remove part of the epithelium. Anyway, enough technical talk and on with the details..... Where, Who, When, How etc? I decided earlier this year that I was seriously interested in having laser eye surgery. I have worn glasses and contact lenses for about 7 years. I became unable to wear contact lenses as much as I wanted to due to having problems with dry eyes making them uncomfortable. I also hated wearing glasses. I started my research on the internet, looking at the websites of comanies who offer the treatment, and filling in forms to get sent information packs. I'm not going to give much information about the different companies, and what I thought of them, as it is a huge decision to make, and what I thought was good or bad about the different companies may not be what you think. I decided to go with a company called Ultralase. I phoned up and booked an appointment at my nearest clinic (Guildford) for a free consultation. I had to wait about 4 weeks, and was not allowed to wear contact lenses for 2 weeks prior to the con sultation, so that they could get accurate readings from my eyes. The Consultation Day I got the train up to Guildford, and then a taxi to take me to the clinic. If I had left a
              bit more time i could have got on another train to another station in Guildford (the London Road station) from which it is a 5 minute walk to the clinic. I was greeted by the friendly staff and asked for my eye prescription details. They stipulate that your prescription must have been stable (so you eyes aren't getting worse still) before they will perform the surgery, so they want to check your prescription. They took copies of the prescriptions from a year ago, and the year before that. I had to then fill in a quite long consent form with my details. This form listed the risks, and and the various optinas and asked for details such as any previous problems with your eyes. I sat in the waiting roon on a nice comfy chair filling it in drinking a cup of tea. I always find complimentary drinks a bonus, and these ones were in propper cups and saucers, not some horrible paper cup. Then began the examination of my eyes in great detail. First up was a test for glaucoma. You sit in front af a maching and it blows bursts of air at your eye and measures something or other!! Very wierd, and made me jump each of the 3 times they did it on each eye. Then another machine where you look at a picture of a hot air baloon and it goes in and out of focus. I have no idea what these machines do, but I'm sure it was important. Then a short break and another cup of tea (I never turn down a cup of tea) before the next set of machines (sound like something out of the Matrix!!). These 2 machines are to measure the shape of your cornea (the bit that gets reshaped with the laser) so that the laser knows what to do. They are wierd machines. You have to look at a light without moving your eye and various lights flash and it builds up a picture of your eye, and prints out various information, including a 'contour map' of your eye. Like an Ordanance Survey map with the different colours indicating different parts.
              Then it was on to an in depth eye examination by an optician. This included all the normal eye tests, and a few more. It included having eye drops to dilate my pupils, which meant everything was really really bright for a while. After the eye examination and a few other tests, I was told that I was suitable for the treatment, specifically the Wavefront LASIK. Wavefront is a technology that makes the laser much more specific, and accurate. It uses Iris recognition to enable it to follow your eye if you move it even slightly during the lasering. I then saw one of the Patient Advisors to go through the details, sign the consent from and arrange a date to have it done. We went through the consent form, and all the risks that are assosciated with the treatment. Briefly, some of the risks are that there could be complications with cutting the flap, treatment may not be 100% sucessful etc. There are others as well, but I don't think it is necessary to list them in this op. Ultralase made me fully aware of the risks, so I knew what I was letting myself in for. I booked my appointment and then waited for the day to come. The Laser Day! The day I had been waiting for finally arrived. On arrival at the clinic I sat down with a cup of tea and read through another consent form again detailing the procedure and risks. I was told not to sign the form at this point, but to wait until I had gone through the form with the surgeon who was treating me. I then chose a pair of g lasses from a selection they have. After treatment they reccomend that you wear a pair of glasses with clear lenses for 2 weeks to help protect your eyes from you rubbing them and slowing the healing process. You also have to wear plastic eye shields at night for 2 weeks, again to stop you rubbing your eyes. Then I saw one of the nurses who ran through the aftercare with me, which involves a load of eyedrops for the first week, and future appointme
              nts. Also, a list of things I couldn't do after treatment for a certain amount of time. Things like not being allowed to go swimming for 4 weeks. She gave me a bag containing the aftercare information and the eyedrops and eye shields. Then I saw my surgeon, and he ran through the procedure with me, and went through the consent form and risks, which we both signed. Then they ran through an eye examination again to check my eyes, and re-did the funny machines to program the laser to check and double check that the readings were correct. Then it was treatment time!!! The nurse cleaned around my eyes with what I think was iodine and then put anasthetic eye drops in my eyes so I couldn't peel what they were doing. Then into the laser room. It was like something out of a sci-fi film. There was the 'Danger Lasers' warning on the door, and a sign saying 'No Pacemakers'!! I laid on the bed type thing, and was moved under the laser unit. The whole procedure takes only a few minutes per eye, with the actual lasering taking no more than 15-20 seconds. My left eye was covered up and they started thr procedure on my right eye. I was told to look up at the flashing red light above me, and to not move my eye. Firstly the surgeon clamped my eyelids open using some device. Then my eye was cleaned. That was quite wierd, as I could sense and see t hat the surgeon was rubbing something over my eye, but could not feel it. Then they put a device on your eye that puts pressure on it. This makes your vision go black, and they cut the flap using some small machine that buzzes. When they take it off you can see the flashing light again. Then the flap is lifted and all goes blurry, although you can still make out the flashing light. Then he cleaned off the exposed cornea and dried it. All the time telling me exactly what he was doing to put me at ease. Then it was time for the lasering. It was done in three bursts lastin
              g about 4-5 seconds each. I was told to look at the light, and they counted down telling me what was happening. When it was done there was a smell of burning. I was told to expect that, and I have been informed that it is the laser burning dust in the air, and not actually my eye that I could smell! Then the whole eye cleaning process again, the flap was put back, and the covering taken off my other eye. I then got off the bed thing and sat in a chair for a few minutes while the laser was re-programmed for my left eye. Then the procedure was repeated. This time it seemed worse, and I was more nervous than the first time. They said that most people are like that, because on the first eye you don't really know what will happen next, and with the second you do, so you think it is going to be worse. Sometimes I really don't understand my brain, as I thought the second eye would be less nerve wracking! When both eyes had been done I went and sat in a darkened room for 45 minutes, and had a nice cup of tea (I never turn down a cup of tea!!) My Mum joined me, as she had been waiting in the waiting room. She was too squeamish to watch me having it done! After the 45 minutes I saw the surgeon again. He checked my eyes, and asked me to look at a chart on the wall, which I could read!! Everything was blurry, but at the same time I could make out things clearly that I wouldn't have been able to see before. However, everything was really bright, so on the journey home in the car I had to sit with my head under a coat because the light was unbearable. I couldn't resist looking out though and reading car number plates and road signs though. Whe we got home I put my eye drops in, put the eye shields on and slept for a couple of hours. The next day I could see clearly for the first time, but was still very sensitive to the light so was wearing sunglasses all day. i had to go back to the clinic for a check up, and was told it w
              as all looking good. I could have gone back to work a few days later, but decided it was probably best to rest my eyes and take a whole week off! I had a checkup after a week, and another after a month. After one month, my eyesight was better than 20/20, so for me I achieved the result I wanted, and am completely free from glasses and contact lenses, and my vision is better and clearer than it was with glasses. The difference is amazing. Being able to wake up and see the clock on my wall on the other side of my room without finding and putting my glasses on. Looking out of the window and seeing things in the distance clearly, no more hassle with cleaning contact lenses or loosing glasses, the list goes on. Now, I bet you are wondering how much it all cost. I paid £2500 to have it done. That may seem like a large amount, but I would spend that much on glasses and contact lenses and eye tests in approximately 9 years. And as the laser surgery lasts for life, it is a very good investment. And yes, there are places that do it for considerably less, but money wasn't the major deciding factor. I wanted the best possible service as I value my eyes. & #84;hat was the main deciding point of who to have it done with. My advice if you want tha have laser surgery done is to fully research it. Don't take anyones word about anything. If You have questions, speak to the clinics. If you don't feel 100% confident with one clinic or another, then go somwhere else. You only have 1 set of eyes, so it's not worth increasing the risks. I hope you have enjoyed and found this (rather long) opinion useful. Capital letters courtesy of: http://www.chuckleweb.co.uk/fixit.php

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                I?ve been incredibly short sighted with a stigmatism for as long as I can remember. It wasn?t picked up until I was 7. The teachers thought I was thick because I didn?t answer any questions, but in truth, I just couldn?t see the blackboard. After suffering taunts at school about my NHS glasses, the agony of contact lenses, I was also fed up with raindrops, being unable to swim in the pool with them, the ?ring? around your vision, the dent in the bridge of the nose, and the light reflecting off them whilst night driving to name but a few, I decided enough was enough. After extensive research on the net, and recommendations from people who have had LASIK, I decided to go ahead. LASIK or Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis, is a procedure whereby part of the cornea is removed by excimer laser to balance up the vision. So, what does it cost? I paid £2100, for both eyes. BUPA guaranteed that if the treatment was not successful, they will do it again free of charge. This covers everything except the initial £50 consultation fee to see if you are suitable. Normally you have to go for appointments for 12 months after treatment, but my appointments carried on for 18 months at no extra cost. Where do you go to have it done? I went to BUPA in Leicester. The reason for this is that I knew someone who had undergone Lasik there, and recommended the consultant. They have always had a good reputation. There are many other places, such as Boots, Optimax etc. What happens at the initial consultation? A full assessment is undertaken of your eyesight to make sure that you are suitable for treatment. The nurse made sure that I had time to ask lots of questions, after all, this is my eyesight we?re talking
                about! The nurse was extremely knowledgeable. I had lots of tests, but none of them were in any way painful. So, how is LASIK done? It took me 4 years to get up the courage to have this done. The procedure starts with eye drops in the eyes to enlarge the pupil, This is given a few minutes to work before taking you into the theatre. A ?retractor? is used to hold the eyelid open, and if I?m honest, I?d say that this is the worst bit. It is really difficult to keep your eye still while it is being held open by a little metal cage. A small cut is made in the cornea, and the flap is lifted back to expose the cornea. The laser makes a clicking sound for a few seconds while it is working. For me it went on for about 30 seconds, but if your prescription isn?t quite so bad, it could be as little as 10-15 seconds. (Phew, what?s that smell? Oh, it?s just my eyeballs ? well, that?s OK then!) The eye is then rinsed with saline to get rid of any debris (Ewww). The flap is put back over the cornea. More eye drops, and then the eye is covered with a plastic eye patch which will leave you looking like something out of The Fly! There were several follow up visits, the first being the following morning. So, what about the after care? TAKE SOME PAINKILLERS WITH YOU! That is the best advice you are going to get. The grittiness will kick in pretty quickly if you are going to suffer with it. You mustn?t take anything containing Aspirin as it thins the blood, and your eyes will be bloodshot enough without looking like something out of a horror movie. I was given a package containing drops, and information on what you can and cannot do after this type of surgery. &#
                89;ou won?t be allowed to drive until after the first follow up consultation, and to be honest, my eyes were so gritty, I couldn?t have driven even if I had wanted to, so you definitely need someone with you to take you home. I had my treatment on a Friday evening, and I was back at work on the Monday morning. You must not rub or squeeze your eyes together as this can move the flap and make it crease. You are also warned not to get soap in your eyes when washing your hair etc as this will make you screw up your eyes, and again, crease the flap. Will I benefit from treatment? Most people who wear glasses or contact lenses will be able to have the treatment, but the initial consultation is there to find out whether or not you are suitable. Your prescription must not have changed in the last 2 years, and at BUPA, they insist that you must be over 21. Complications? No surgery is ever risk free. The fact that the procedure is done under local anaesthetic, I believe reduced the risk. Complications I was informed of are: Starburst effect (They can now test for this prior to treatment to see whether you are likely to have this) The sight can get worse again over the first few months, which can mean you need re-treating If the flap tears when lifting it back, the treatment can?t go ahead, and you have to wait for it to heal before they can try again. Drooping eyelid Another complication that I wasn?t warned about is that you can develop cataracts. I have found this information out from my husband who works with surgeons. What do I think of the procedure? Well, I was scared, tense, nauseas. I found it so hard to relax. After all, your sight is in their hands. The staff were lovely, and the nurse held my hand throughout. Th
                e gritty feeling kicked in straight away, and if I hadn?t been led to the car with my eyes closed, I don?t think I?d have made it home. I dosed up with Paracetamol and Brufen, and headed straight for bed. So, why recommend it? The following day, when the grittiness was wearing off, I removed the eye patched. OMG. The view was fantastic. I could see! It is impossible to describe quite how I felt. This time, the tears rolling down my cheeks were tears of joy, and not from the gritty feeling. My left eye is now as close to perfect vision as anybody. My right eye is still slightly short sighted. My left eye makes up for the right, so I don?t have any visual problems. 3 years down the line, I am not suffering from any after effects, and am amazed with every new day at how wonderful it is to be able to see. You'll notice I've given this 5 stars. That is because, for me personally, the results deserve 5 stars.

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                  I actually logged on to dooyou before I decided to have the treatment, the reviews pushed me to go for it, so here is my experience of LASIK. Ok, lets start from the beginning, aged 10 I realised that I could not see the blackboard so having to look at my mates paper next to me was the only way I could do my work. Next thing I know the nice man at the opticians has provided me with perhaps the biggest pair of specs the world has ever seen and I no longer had to squint. I quickly realised I didn?t like my specs, it was about the same time I realised I quite liked the look of girls. So contact lenses were the next step and I happily wore these right up until last January having no problems until an eye infection meant no more contacts for me. Bugger. So in a way I was given a choice; specs or lasers. I chose the Lasers. So it started with who to chose for the procedure, this is probably the biggest decision you will have to make because if you don?t feel totally happy with the team who are going to zap you then you should not have it done. I decided to go for two consultations in Birmingham, one with Optical Express, and the other with Boots. The main reason I thought about Optical Express was the price as they were advertising £1250. So off I went to the consultation, an optician saw me and he took some readings and measurements of my eyes. Once I told him I had had an eye infection recently he decided that it would be best to wait two months to make sure my eyes had settled down properly. Gutted. So I trotted back to the train station and off home I went. I nearly didn?t go to the consultation at Boots as I thought they would say the same thing but after a lot of tests, measurements, re-tests I heard the words I wanted to hear ?Yes you are suitable?. Over the moon would be a term that would describe my mood I think. Boots price for treatment was £2500, which I know is double that of Optical Express but I felt the consultation was so good I was re
                  ally confident that it would work. So I booked in for the 9th March at the Birmingham Clinic to get my new eyes. So the big day finally arrived and I found myself on the way to Birmingham with a trusted friend (I say this because you do need someone to look after you when you have been zapped). Some more tests later and I was given the green light, so off into the laser room I went. I won?t go into too much detail about the procedure as you can find this out from loads of different sources. All I will say is that it really is painless, I would describe it as nerve racking and you can feel the laser on the back of your eye but it does not hurt one bit. Oh yeah and to clear up the myth that you can smell your eye being burnt, it?s the smell of the gas that is used to power the laser, not the back of your eye being vaporised! As I had a really high prescription, -7.00 in each eye the procedure took about one minute for each eye, if your prescription is lower the time goes down accordingly. Before I knew it the eye protectors were taped into place and I sat up on the table looking like a bumble bee in a tracksuit. Off to the recovery room I went and half an hour later I was walking through the Bull Ring with near perfect vision. It really was amazing. The vision in my right eye was near perfect and my left a little blurred but I could see! My friend drove me home and I went of a rest in a dark room. I did experience some pain in the back of my eyes for a couple of hours but I chalked that down to the fact I used to be blind as a bat and had quite a bit of laser work done. Anyway that went and in the evening I watched a Man Utd game on the TV with no problems at all. They won by the way. I had booked three days off work for the treatment so then next day I rested and looked at a lot of things, testing my eyes as much as possible. It?s the weirdest feeling to wake up an be able to see the clock without getting so close to it your nose is t
                  ouchi ng it. I noticed that my right eye was considerably better than my left, which was still a little blurred but I didn?t worry as I had my first after care appointment the next day. I went back to the clinic the next day and told Mark (the surgeon) my worries about my left eye and he took a look. It turns out that the flap that he had cut in the procedure had moved ever so slightly, and looking back now I can remember it happening as I walked back to the car after the procedure. My eye lid seemed to get stuck mid blink and then my eye watered. I thought nothing of it really but that was it. Anyway Mark said that the best thing would be a lift and clean, where they lift the flap and reposition it again. I agreed and I was there again on the table with people playing with my peepers. On went the eye shield, this time I looked like a pirate as only one eye was covered. I went home and put my drops in and things were good for the first day, I kept putting my drops in all was good. I experienced some ?dry eyes? which is very common after the procedure and is when the eye develops dry patches which make things blurred. I found that these were getting worse so again back to the clinic and it turned out I was having a reaction to the eye drops so some others were prescribed which were a lot better. I was signed off until my next aftercare appointment, which went without a hitch. So what?s it like now? Nearly perfect, it really is amazing. I still get dry patches from time to time but on the whole it?s changed my life and the dry patches go with time. Sure I an £2500 lighter and that?s a lot of cash but if you think long term, taking into account the price of contacts, it?s well worth it. Boots did interest free credit also which helped otherwise a lot of saving would have had to take place, and nobody likes saving. Should you do it? I have done it and it was by no means straight forward in my case mainly as I had a couple of comp
                  lications I.e. flap moving, eye drops etc. but on the whole it?s the best money I ever spent. The best part of all is being able to fall asleep on a Sunday in front of the football without having to go take your lenses out, or lying in bed and looking at the stars out of the window (sounds a bit soppy for a 24 year old man of the world but it?s true). I would recommend it but it?s a personal decision and everyone is different. The consultation?s free, you?ll never know if you don?t look into it. It may change your life??it changed mine! Richard Giblin, 24

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                    I decided that I was going to opt for laser surgery treatment in December last year and made it my new years resolution to do it for the start of 2003. The money did not bother me too much , I will come to that later. It was just the fact that I didn't know of one person who has had the treatment so obviously I was a little nervous. I had recently tried for contact lenses but my eyes were too sensitive to get them in(even the softer lenses). The opticians said it would be impossible for me to wear contact lenses and suggested laser surgery with Boots. Boots use the LASIK treatment which I will explain more about momentarily. I thought to myself, 'there is no way I can afford that' ,they then mentioned about paying monthly installments of 80.00 a month for 3 years. The surgery costs 2500.00. It does sound a lot of money but I had already decided that it was worth it. If I add up what I would have spent on decent frames and lenses for the rest of my life, It would have come to more than 2500.00 anyway. Now my eyesight was extremely poor, 0.7 prescription in each eye, which is really shortsighted. Trust me, if I did not wear glasses, I wouldn't be able to do anything all day(go to work, read the paper, cross a road, etc). My prescription though did fall into the range of prescriptions that can apply for LASIK. Apparently long sighted people are not so lucky, Laser treatment really specialises for short sightedness. So I booked up a free consultation, and went along to the Boots laser clinic in Regents St. They were extremely thorough,examined my eyes for about 3 hours, taking precise measurements of the thickness of my cornea. Measuring how my pupils would react to dim, normal and bright lights. They did the lot including glucoma tests, eye sight tests, more measurements, etc. At the end of the consultation they told me that I was a perfect candidate for LASIK eye treatment, I was really shortsighted so the treatment would be really beneficial
                    to me , I was at the right age, still fairly young at 23. My prescription hadnt changed for years, all the measurements were fine. I thought to myself, 'why not?'. They told me the risks involved, the worst being a 0.03% chance of infection, which if i reported that immediately, should be fine to deal with. Other risks were glare at night, which should die down after a few weeks and also there was a 6% chance of under correcting or over correcting an eye. If this happened, then they would do another operation on the relevant eye to correct it free of charge. After waying up the prosand cons, I decided to go for it! The morning of my surgery, I was fairly nervous, first off they put drops in my eyes to dialate my pupils, it took about 40 mins to completely dialate and made me look like I was on some sort of class A drug. After that they put in anaesthetic drops so the surgery would not be painful(thank god). By this time I was bricking it but a bit sedated by the anaesthetic. Time for the surgery! This is how LASIK works. A hinged flap, a bit like cling film is made on your cornea(surface of your eye). They lift that and use a very fine laser beam to gently reshape your cornea to re-focus your sight. The flap is then replaced and your eye will heal naturally. The surgery actually wasnt too bad, It took about 3 minutes an eye and the surgeons talk you through it, saying 'you are doing well' and 'only 1 minute left' to ease your mind. The surgery wasnt painful but it was a bit of discomfort, felt like a bit of pressure on my eyes. The only off putting part was the smell of burning which thankfully was the laser and not my eye! After the surgery they put eye patches on my eyes so as no grit would get to them, and I had to wear sunglasses while out to protect from the sun. I only wore the patches for 2 nights though so as no dust gets to your eyes at night. After the surgery, I just wanted to get home, put in
                    some eye drops they gave me and go to sleep. This was the worst part of the whole treatment. There was quite a lot of discomfort, felt like grit in my eye. So I just went straight to bed. When I woke up the next day, My sight was a lot better distance wise but extremely blurry, I had the week booked off work. Theresno way I could drive or go to work, like They said to me some people go to the work the following day. I was a bit paranoid about my eye as I had a big red mark on the white of my eye. Immediately I thought the worst(infection) but obviously that would have hurt. It turned out to be a burst blood vessell, no pain and cleared up after a few days. I had been given drops to put in my eyes, because your eyes feel dry after surgery, all they basically did was moisten my eye. After a few days, the blurness went almost completely. It took longer than I thought, They said to me that It was because I had such a drastic change in my sight. I would say the blurredness lasted about 4 days. I went to 3 aftercare appointments with Boots and to my joy they put my mind at rest, told me, no damage has been done. Tested my sight and it was 20-20 3 days after surgery. Amazing! I had to carry on taking drops for 2 months but I was ok with that and now no longer need them. My next check up is my last and now is scheduled for the end of year. Overall, The surgery was a success. Obviously I dont know the long term, how long it lasts. They told me, the only thing that may happen is I may need reading glasses when I'm older but I can live with that. I will never need glasses again, I can play sport without worrying, swim and see at the same time and do all the other things people take for granted who have good sight. The drastic change in my sight still amazes me today as my eyesight was so bad and now 20-20. The customer service at Boots was just as good. You can ring them at any time with queries and they put your mind at rest or book you an appointment
                    . They were extremely good at the consultation, day of surgery and subsequent aftercare appointments. The only bad points was my vision wasnt great the next day as promised and the glare at night lasted quite a while, probably still get a bit now, but nothing serious to affect me at all. I would definitely recommend the treatment if your eyes fit the criteria. I would only go for it if your eyes are very shortsighted ,not if you can live with or without your glasses, just because of the money it costs. You could get it cheaper, perhaps at 2 grand but they way I look at it, you might as well go for a well known brand name such as Boots rather than a cheap advert in a paper saying they will do it for 1500.00. Your eyes are important after all!

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                      OK, firstly I have strived not to simply repeat what has already been covered but to provide my own perspective on Lasik. All the reviews here are excellent and should be read. This is not because I am lazy - but because repetitive review serve no purpose and the best thing you can do if lasik interests you is get as many perspectives as possible alongside the facts. That is the crux of my advice on lasik - you cannot read too much before you have it done. I had lasik treatment at Boots in Regent Street 3 months ago. Research ________ I read and read and read before I decided to go forwards - many of the websites listed in other reviews here contain excellent information - there is also lot's of USA based history as they were ahead of the eight ball, as they say, for lasik . I am so glad I did read because on the day - while I was naturally nervous about it going OK and a tad fearful of what is afterall surgery on my eyes (makes me squirm to consider it). The actual day I felt fine because I knew all I could and had rationalised in my head how I felt about all the possible outcomes. Boots have a large book which post-lasik patiebnts have inscribed their feelings. Not all were positive - some clearly had not udnerstood the whole deal before they signed on the dotted line. but many were both uplifting and funny - like the guys who wanted to sell a pair of glasses - good condition and "genuine reason for sale". Who chose to do the Surgery and why? ________________________________ Like a lot of people I chose Boots for a mixture of reasons:- a) I felt like others that they would do it "properly" - from consulation to aftercare. they have too much brand-capital not to do so. b) they used at the time and still I believe the most up to date techniques for measuring what is to be done and doing the surgery itself. c) in opting to have surge
                      r y done - not only do you want thebest results but you want the best experience of the surgery itself d) they were reassuringly a little more expensive than the others - I know I can't believe I wrote that myself - but you get only 2 eyes so have the best you can find. On the Day _________ - Make sure someone you can trust comes and gets you - Be patient there is no rush. You will want to sleep /close you eyes afterwards - Take the drops exactly as prescribed and don't miss out - an infection is not worth it - Don't go down the pub and get knoecked in the eye - you have the rest of your life to enjoy it. It is hard to know where to stop - but lasik has changed my life. No it has not made me happier (but I do smile every morning when I draw back the curtains.) - I was happy anyay. It does make life easier - although I wish I could tell my brain after 37 years if porr vision that I do not need to hunt for my glasses or worry that there are no lens legft in the bathrroom cabinet. In summary - research - do some more -consider the positive and negative outcomes -then go with your heart - do it or don't but make a decision and live with it. From one of the lucky ones!

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