General Discussion: Laser Eye surgery


stelfox
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8488 posts since 11/3/09

7 Sep 2009 22:59
Had this, just coming to 2 weeks ago tomorrow. Anyone else?

Thought I'd post my experience just in case anyone has been thinking about it. properly glad I did it. Seriously, it's amazing. I got it done at Ultralase in St. Albans and I had the wavefront guided lasik treatment. My dad had it there 5 years ago, my mate 2 years ago. Both had no problems. Neither did I. I now see at 6/4 when using both eyes.


The surgery was no problem. The worst part is suction on the eye, feels like they're pusing down really really hard, lasts 30secs on each eye. The rest is a breeze seriously. Then they sorta wash down the eye with fluid, and my eyes were so sensitive it felt like a ballpoint pen drawing on the surface, but nothing more than a little uncomfortable. when it was finished (had both done the same time) i sat up and saw the fit nurse. it was a little misty like the room was filled with steam. this was about 7:30 pm

anesthetic wore off about a half hour later, and it was shit. felt like my eyes were bleeding, sat in my room as dark as i could make it with my eyes closed. tried bed, was still vaugly awake when i needed to put my drops in (10:30) so did, and my eyes had stopped hurting nearly as much. slept.

next day work as usual, up at 7. eyes light sensitive (un surprisingly) so a wore sunglasses. looked a knob, but fuck em i wont need glasses for the next 25 years and its fucking awesome. eyes tired towards the end of the day.

eyes were tired by about 4 for the rest of the week. I then went to stockholm over the bank holiday weekend, the cool air and the wind werent particularly nice, and they seemed a bit pink one morning (after a lot of expensive swedish lager and attempting to reel in a swedish babe) but eye drops helped and they were fine.

the eye drops i was given were 2 sets to take every 2 hours for 2 days and then 4 times a day for a week after. also a set of synthetic drops to use when my eyes were feeling tired (really helpful wandering round stockholm and in the office)

had a couple of blood patches in each eye, these are starting to fade but slowly. not really really bad, but not ideal for pulling.

i have also had to wear clear plastic shields over each eye each night, tonight being the last night (2 weeks tomorrow) which is a pain. bit of advice to anyone getting it done - they tell you to tape the shields to your face. a wide fabric hairband will do it and not leave gunk on your face. make sure it's a little tight so it wont come off and it's much better.


i did it becuase i've had glasses/contacts since 9 years old. i have always hated wearing glasses, when i did i was always conscious of them being there on my face like a barrier between me and the world. It sound pathetic but it did bring me down, i know people who wear glasses and dont care, but i really did hate them. I know there is some (very mild) risk with laser eye, and it's not cheap. I could afford it as my dad said he'd pay for it, basically because he wished he'd done it so much earlier and knew i'd appreciate it.

and i do, it's serious good. waking up and being able to see my wall clock, not feeling a contact lens when i blink, and just knowing i dont and wont have to wear anything to help me see normal stuff until i'm like 50 is amazing.

so yeah, thought that might help anyone, and if anyone else has done it and recommends or disliked a clinic or whatever, post up.
D4N
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3070 posts since 27/9/06

7 Sep 2009 23:42
Good post, think about getting it done all the time but i hate the thought of lasers and eye drops going in my eyes Puzzled
exactlythat
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2344 posts since 27/10/07

8 Sep 2009 00:00
i want to get this done but seeing as i'm just 18 and my prescription is still getting worse i think i have to leave it until it slows down, sucks

i'm supposed to always wear glasses but i've pretty much stopped wearing them when i don't particularly need them (only in lessons/ driving etc), really hate wearing them
FLG
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5870 posts since 21/5/04

8 Sep 2009 00:36
Always thought about getting this done but I just paid Andy £160 for glasses.
nick2
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7231 posts since 18/2/09

8 Sep 2009 08:06
I'm not sure about the long-term effects, what if in 10 years your eyes end-up worse and you have to have it done again ?
Green Jesus
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340 posts since 21/10/08

8 Sep 2009 13:14
I had mine done in May 2000 at Optimax. Only had mild short sightedness. Eyes are still 20/20 although they were even better for the first couple of years, but have settled now!

Night vision I'd say for the first year wasn't great due to glares. Even now night vision isn't amazing, but much better than before. I think the way they do it now though is much better as I had a 2 week healing time when I had mine done. First 4 days both eyes bandaged up & had to stay away from light/tv for a few days as they were very sensitive. You don't get non of that now.
unCouth
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6883 posts since 3/11/07

8 Sep 2009 13:18
How much does it cost?
stelfox
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8488 posts since 11/3/09

10 Sep 2009 09:09
I paid almost 4 grand. Thats the more expensive flap option (-IK over -EK) and the middle of 3 laser option.

I see little light spectrums off some lights at night. Kinda like it in a really lame way, seeing stuff no one else does. Maybe I can now see ghosts..

Exactly - I think but I'm not sure, if you should be wearing glasses and dont, you strain your eyes and they get worse quicker?
stelfox
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8488 posts since 11/3/09

10 Sep 2009 09:10
D4N you hate eye drops? The lasers are nothing, don't even know it's going on tbh
andymakesglasses
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20435 posts since 26/1/06

10 Sep 2009 09:23
I'm not sure that not wearing glasses when you need them will make your eyesight worse, but it can certainly lead to eye strain and headaches.

Interesting post, it's something I've thought about a fair amount - the idea of being able to wake up and see immediately is very tempting. But that (tiny) risk always puts me off, so I'm sticking with contacts for now.
D4N
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3070 posts since 27/9/06

10 Sep 2009 09:51
Farrell wrote: D4N you hate eye drops? The lasers are nothing, don't even know it's going on tbh
Just don't like the thought of something in my eyes, won't even try contacts Sad
Green Jesus
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340 posts since 21/10/08

10 Sep 2009 13:14
andymakesglasses wrote: I'm not sure that not wearing glasses when you need them will make your eyesight worse, but it can certainly lead to eye strain and headaches.

Interesting post, it's something I've thought about a fair amount - the idea of being able to wake up and see immediately is very tempting. But that (tiny) risk always puts me off, so I'm sticking with contacts for now.

When you go for the consultations they show you videos of the procedure. And run loads of test to qualify if you're suitable and would benefit from it. I think the risk is less than 1% chance of it going wrong and of that 1% only a tiny percentage of that is something they couldn't put right. Personally I can't see why anyone would wear glasses in this day an age if they could afford to get their eyes done.

Mine cost £600 per eye, but I think the price has come down since then and the way they do it has improved. I know 3 other people that have done it and all of them are extremly happy with the results.
Green Jesus
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340 posts since 21/10/08

10 Sep 2009 13:26
D4N wrote:
Farrell wrote: D4N you hate eye drops? The lasers are nothing, don't even know it's going on tbh
Just don't like the thought of something in my eyes, won't even try contacts Sad


When I had the "op" they clamped open my eyes "most uncomfortable part" and rub some kind of gel on your eyes with a swab. Feels like when you touch your eyeball with your finger. You stare up at a light and then hear a crackling type sound. It smells like burning hair which isn't that nice, but you don't feel a thing and it lasted about 10 seconds per eye. I had mine done by these people http://www.optimax.co.uk/Default.aspx?page=6899

I had the PRK version done.

P.s. I don't work for them and I'm not on any commission Eye-wink



andymakesglasses
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20435 posts since 26/1/06

10 Sep 2009 13:32
Just as well, cos you're not selling it to Mclovin very well Laughing out loud
Crackajack
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7663 posts since 21/4/05

10 Sep 2009 14:07
Glasses can make you look cooler than you are though, hence why some people wear them without prescription lenses.
stelfox
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8488 posts since 11/3/09

10 Sep 2009 20:46
The clamping was a complete non-issue for me. They gave me anesthetic eyedrops and bam, huge area of my face was numb. I was afraid it might be all clockwork orange but I hardly knew they were doing it.

I believe PRK is either the same or very similar to lasek. Not sure though.

Didn't hear any crackling, more of a whoooshing and they said about the burning hair smell but I breathed through my mouth and didn't notice anything
Some people do look cool in glasses,that's very true. I never liked them though, and fuckin hated wearing them.

If I hadn't been able to go down contacts I may have gotten more used to glasses.

And Andy that is one of the great bits, no hassle again until old age eyes come. When I need reading glasses I don't think I'll care, I've known what it's like without.
zoom
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6408 posts since 22/7/05

9 Jan 2013 13:59
Great opening post Stelfox. Booked in to get mine done tomorrow and starting to get slightly nervous (Expecting a clockwork orange experience) but this has put my mind at rest. Cool
Centurionone
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1454 posts since 30/3/11

9 Jan 2013 14:41
andymakesglasses wrote: I'm not sure that not wearing glasses when you need them will make your eyesight worse, but it can certainly lead to eye strain and headaches.

Interesting post, it's something I've thought about a fair amount - the idea of being able to wake up and see immediately is very tempting. But that (tiny) risk always puts me off, so I'm sticking with contacts for now.

Agreed…
shego
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1586 posts since 11/12/07

30 Sep 2015 09:34
Old thread, but anyone had it done recently in London? Hard to sift the bad from the good organisations/places?
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

30 Sep 2015 09:53
Could the people who have had it done give an update?

Stelfox is your eyesight still good? No longer need for any contact lenses/glasses?