Laser Eye Surgery

Discussion in 'Health, Fitness & Training' started by MrK1, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. MrK1

    MrK1 Forum GOD!

    I'm toying with getting corrective eye surgery to fix my short sightedness.

    Any experiences from anyone who has had it done?
  2. MPH

    MPH Forum GOD!

    I know people who have had it, and they swear by it, but I chickened out myself.

    The expensive people where too expensive for me, and I sure as hell wasn't going to use a cheap company, so I left it.

    I remember seeing a programme years ago that said some people were offering this with only an hour or twos training..... How true it is now I don't know, but I would SERIOUSLY do your research before opting for any provider!!!

    Hope it all goes well if you get it done, please let us know. :)
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  3. carbold

    carbold Carlo

    Done it about 10 years ago, best use of my money ever. No regrets at all. I went for the most expensive/advanced options at the time
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  4. Acer89

    Acer89 James

    United Kingdom
    A friend of mine had it done and all was well for two years. Remember your prescription may change and your sight may continue to deteriorate. Three years on he's back to wearing spectacles.

    Lots to consider so my advice would be to chat to your optician.
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  5. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    Had patients come in that are positive about it and those that are negative. I believe once you have had the surgery, contact lenses are no longer a viable option. I could be wrong though as I'm not an optician. I opted out.
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  6. Optometrist

    Optometrist Forum GOD!

    The best advice I can give is to take advantage of the free initial consultation that all providers offer and get all the facts specific to you as an individual.
    Prescription, corneal integrity and general health all play a part towards the final outcome.

    I am not for, or against, laser eye surgery, but I always advised my patients that it is a surgical procedure and, like any other, carries a risk of complications, albeit a low one.

    I do not know your age, however, everyone's prescription changes with time, especially from early/mid forties. Please bear in mind that although further adjustments are often possible for this, there could come a time when a distance prescription is required again. Also, do not to forget that the near vision requires a different correction from this age.

    The vast majority of patients I saw having had this treatment were happy, but there were a handful who wished they'd never gone that route. Most common were dry eye symptoms and discomfort requiring long-term lubricating drops.

    I've been retired from the profession for 3 years now so out of touch with the more recent developments.

    I'm myopic, have worn specs since the age of 11, followed by contact lenses until 3 years ago, and it's never bothered or hindered me. I was always being asked why I had never had it done and it was always the same answer. I only have one pair of eyes.

    I'm not going to dissuade you, only to say make sure you get all the information first. And, most importantly, select an established provider with a proven track record and with the same person providing ongoing aftercare. Many of the multiples often use locums and the follow-ups could be with different people.
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  7. Petronius

    Petronius Legendary Member

    Central Europe
    It depend on how old are you and if your eye defect is simple only, no astigmatism etc. If you are under 40, think twice. I had similar problem at the age of 23. Doctors made me this correction. I was really satisfied, till these days. Now I am 45 and I start wear glasses 2 months ago. Doctor told me "yours previous problem would be corrected naturally now". I told him: O.k., I want to next laser correction...
    Doctor: "Give it five year more, don't worry cataract will start and then artificial lens can solve all your problems...
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  8. Optometrist

    Optometrist Forum GOD!

    Excellent points.
    I'm guessing you were not originally that myopic. A natural long-sighted shift with age can mean a low myope improving, and in some cases, returning to normal emmetopia. Near vision changes around mid forties are guaranteed.
    Cataract surgery with lens implant is a little less uncertain as this varies greatly between individuals. It could be late sixties, however, I've had many patients well in to their eighties still with very little cataract.
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  9. MrK1

    MrK1 Forum GOD!

    That's the same for me. The good ones are too expensive, and its not something I would consider doing cheaply. I know someone who has had good results by having it done in India but not for me.

    A work colleagueand his wife had it done via Groupon!! I would have stayed well away.
    I have been told the same thing in the past.
    I hae needed glasses since I was 9. I'm 46 now. My prescription is quite high -9. So if it means glasses again in a few years, I doubt I will live long enough for my eyes to get to the same stage again!
    Thank you.

    As mentioned, I have quite a high prescription and I have been wearing GP lenses for about 25 years. I don't have any problems with lenses, so will probably continue.

    A big factor for me is that I have raised surgery with various opticians over the years and not one of them has given me any reasons not to do it, but I have yet to meet an optician who has had the procedure themselves. That worries me.
    You have just remided if 2 things - my optician said exactly the same thing to me a couple of years ago. Wait for the inevitable cataracts then get the prescription sorted at the same time.

    And I need to book an eye exam...
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  10. Optometrist

    Optometrist Forum GOD!

    At the end of the day, I believe it comes down to convenience/practicality.
    If you don't mind wearing spectacles/contact lenses and have no issues with comfort/maintenance, why bother?
    If you are an active sports person where specs/CL's are impractical, then surgery is a more attractive means of correction.
    I fall in to the first category, most certainly not in to the second, so have never considered it and I am one of those optometrists who would never have it done.
    I've seen mostly successful outcomes, but then every now and again, I came across the not so successful ones. It makes you think.
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  11. Optometrist

    Optometrist Forum GOD!

    MrK1, based on what you have said, I forgot to mention that as a GP lens wearer, you would need to remove your lenses for a minimum of one month, probably longer, before any measurements could be taken. This is because rigid lenses alter the curvature of the eye slightly during wear.
    Secondly, a -9.00D is possibly not fully correctable if the corneal thickness is below that of the amount needed to be removed. Again, GP lens wear over many years can thin the cornea slightly.
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  12. MrK1

    MrK1 Forum GOD!

    Thanks for all the advice, it's greatly appreciated.

    I was originally prescribed GP lenses as I had astigmatism. Years of wearing GP lenses seems to have fixed that. I tried soft lenses a few years ago but couldn't get used them. I really struggled with near vision.

    I think I'll wait a few more years before looking into surgery again.
    Perhaps a 50th birthday present?

    In the meantime, time to treat myself to a new pair of glasses, which seem to cost almost as much as surgery these days.
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  13. mike_the_kraken

    mike_the_kraken Señor member

    I had it performed 7-9 years ago, treating a high prescription and severe astigmatism. It took the full 30 days for my worse eye (right) to settle into the final prescription, but all good after that. Surprisingly painless procedure & recovery - very routine here in the states, with plenty of high quality docs available. Given how bad my prescription & astigmatism were, and that contacts could no longer fully correct my vision - this was the last option before full-time specs. I had always worn contacts outside the home, so specs were... not desireable.
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  14. Batch300

    Batch300 Extraordinarily Uncomplicated

    Several friends with the surgery
    - one was told bad candidate several times, found Dr that would do the surgery - not the best result
    - one played golf in the afternoon after morning surgery, did need glasses again after several years
    - one or more happy to very happy

    My impression is works better on some people than others - like the responses here
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  15. sɐǝɹpu∀

    sɐǝɹpu∀ riverrun

    I've had a bit of (necessary) eye surgery in my time.
    My personal eye care specialist at Moorfields eye hospital wears glasses and he has a strong opinion on unnecessary eye surgery.
    I shall listen to the man you saved my eyesight and will happily wear glasses.
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