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      01.11.2012 11:35
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      would strongly recommned against surgery

      I had corrective laser eye surgery with Optimax in May 2012. I have a background in clinical-paper review and was not completely convinced by the data they provided. Despite this I still decided to go ahead as I found them to be much better than Ultralase who were frankly dishonest with their claims.
      The surgery itself was painless enough although a quite unpleasant. Immediately following the surgery though it was absolutely excruciating for at least 12 hours. I consider that i have a high pain threshold but it really was horrid.
      It then gradually improved over the following days. It was great to be able to see without glasses. I was reviewed periodically after several weeks and months. Within 8 weeks I had 20:20 vision which no doubt will be reflected in the company's results for marketing. However now 6 months later my eyes have settled down and I am still finding it incredibly difficult to drive at night, I have halos around bright light and I no longer have 20:20 vision. I have been offered further correction but it was so unpleasant I really don't know if I can going through it all again and also risk an increased problem with night vision. Essentially I am now in a position where although my vision is better than it was in some respects it is much worse to the point that it is a limitation on what I could do prior to surgery. I also now still need to wear glasses. My near sight is also terrible because essentially this was sacrificed in the correctional changes that were made to the cornea. The company's paperwork clearly says that they are not liable for age related degradation of near sight as this is a natural phenomena, this however occurred immediately after surgery and Optimax have not accepted that it a result of their surgery.
      I really wish i had never done it!
      The ultimate litmus test is: would I recommend a friend or family member to have it done? Definitely not.

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      15.04.2012 11:26

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      great feeling

      I did my surgery at Optical Express Laser Eye surgery. My eyes were -2.25 and the surgery costed me £1300, i had a voucher of £150 and was accepted on the 2 years instalmment repayment - about £46 per month. Which was the price i wud spend on contact lens every month anyway.

      the surgery was done at harley street, london. the surgery itself is painless, and the surgeon very helpful. He will explain to you each and every little process that is about to happen, by the time he is telling you,it already happens, a very reasuring feeling to know that it is normal to see or feel the way you are feeling. the surgery took like 6 minutes, the laser itself took only 1 min for both eyes.

      I would definitely recommend friends and families. I have voucher of £150 if anyone is interested, please contact me on nfatemah@yahoo.com

      I would get £150 and you get £150, everyones a winner.

      Thank you
      Fatemah

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      25.12.2011 17:50

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      lasek eye treatment has given me my sight back!!

      i had my Lasek eye surgery on the 20th of December at Optimax, Finchley Road, London.
      i was very nervous on the day mainly due to the negative reviews i had read about the treatment on the internet
      However it was nothing like that! At the clinic the staff were very nice and comforting
      It was easy to set up the easy- payment plan and after they did a few quick tests on my eye i went in for the actual laser treatment

      i layed down on a dentist type chair
      they put some aesthetic drops into my eyes
      then the surgeon put a small clamp into my right eye and some alcohol drops
      he then started working on my cornea and after a short while began the laser
      the laser was for 35 seconds and then the following wavefront laser was for about 20 seconds
      he then put some bandage lenses in and that was it for my right eye! it took less than 2 minutes and he was speaking to me explaining each step the whole time which helped to make me less nervous
      the procedure didnt hurt but was a little uncomfortable and while the laser was on there was a horrible smell like burning hair which was probably the worst bit of the treatment for me
      The same was done to my left eye and straight away afterwards i was told i can go home or i could relax in the waiting room

      i chose to go and i quite happily walked to the car telling my parents how great it felt to be able to see everything!.
      After about 15 minutes as the anaesthetic started wore off my eyes started stinging n my eyelids felt heavy
      after 25 minutes i couldnt open my eyes at all
      When i got home i took some painkiller that the clinic had provided and went to sleep because there wasnt much else i could do
      the next day the stinging continued and i pretty much slept through the day because i couldnt stand the light and opening my eyes was difficult. I felt rubbish! i was cursing myself for putting myself through pain and it felt like forever till i would be better. the 2nd day was the worst of the lot

      3rd day was much better. There was no more pain and i could open my eyes if i wore the sunglasses and the vision was really good . On the 4th day i had a followup appointment and everything was fine. They also removed the bandage lenses and told me i was fit to drive and go back to work

      today is Christmas day. My vision is good from far, but close up is a little blurry but ive been told that its normal and will clear soon. occasionally my eyes feel a little dry so i use the refreshing eye drops i was given. i am still wearing sunglasses to keep my eyes protected Everything is great! im so glad i had the treatment
      the positive results outweigh the negatives like 2 days of pain
      it was totally worth it and would recommend it to every1!!

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      21.05.2011 21:12
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      You'll wish that you had done it years ago!

      Don't think about it, just do it, wish I'd done it years ago!!

      I had my treatment with Optimax in Hove on the 14th April 2011, Lasik, Intralase and Wavefront, what can I say but it's truly amazing.

      I've been wearing glasses since I was 18, tried contact lenses, but couldn't get on with them at all. I had a box of disposable ones for use on special occasions, but it took me a good half an hour to get them in. I'm now in my mid forties, for many years I've thought about having laser eye surgery, but it was fear that was holding me back. It's not easy to decide where to have treatment and the price varies so much. A very good friend of mine recently had her eyes treated at Optimax in Hove, she was delighted with the results, and she went into great detail and mentioned that the surgeon Dr Wilbert Hoe also works as an Associate Specialist at the Corneo- Plastic Unit at the Centre for Sight in East Grinstead which is quite well known. That was it, my mind was made up. She also mentioned the recommend a friend scheme with the £500 discount, even better!

      I made my appointment for a consultation on the 16th March. I took the train down to Hove, as I had been advised not to drive, due to eye drops being used to dilate the pupils during the examination, which do affect your vision (and they did!). The appointment lasted about 2 hours, lots of tests were carried out to ensure that I was suitable for treatment and to determine the best treatment suitable for me.

      My prescription was -1.75 & -2.15, with an astigmatism, the Optometrist discussed at great length that due to my age if both of my eyes were fully corrected it was likely that I would need reading glasses at some stage, as eyesight deteriorates in most people after 45, Presbyopia is the stiffening of the lens within your eye. There was a solution however, Monovision.

      Monovision, where one eye is treated to give good distance vision leaving the other eye deliberately short sighted for close up work. This is an excellent compromise; however it can take a little time to get used to it. It was suggested that I came back to try this out with different strength contact lenses. I did this a couple of days later, and took to it like a duck to water!

      My treatment was booked for 14th April, I had been advised by my friend to have an appointment as late as possible so that you can sleep when you get home, and this really is sound advice.

      When I had arrived I met Dr Hoe, he discussed the treatment and carried out some more tests, asked me who I worked for & mentioned that he'd treated one of my colleagues that morning! He is a lovely man, very reassuring; I knew that I was in good hands. Back to the waiting room.......

      I was called in to the treatment room, took off my glasses for the last time, hairnet on the head & lay on the couch. My eyes were cleaned, lots of drops put in them, couldn't feel anything and my vision was very blurry. They clamp your eye open (didn't feel it let alone see it), then they push down on your eyeball with a suction ring (to increase the pressure) close your eyes & push down on the eyeball, it didn't hurt but felt a bit strange. Then I was asked to look at the light and the nurse counted 30 seconds, this is the Intralase (cutting the flap which is as thin as a human hair). More drops in the eye, then the same with the other eye. Next came the laser, I was asked to look at the red light which became a bit like a kaleidoscope, this lasted seconds, then the wavefront, same again but a bit of a smell like burning your hair. The same was done with the other eye.
      It was totally pain free, I couldn't see anything and took less than 15 minutes in total, the whole thing was a bit like a science fiction film. My vision was a bit blurry as I got off the couch, rather like having steamed up glasses, I sat outside on the chair with my eyes closed for 10 minutes, then Dr Hoe examined my eyes again and I could go home, I could see! On the way home, I felt that I wanted to keep my eyes closed; I did have a peek on the motorway and could read the road signs!!!!!

      My eyes did start to water on the way home, but it was no worse than peeling a few onions. I came home and went to bed wearing the attractive eye shields to stop any rubbing of the eyes in the night. You have to put 2 lots of eye drops in 4 times a day for the first 10 days, antibiotic and anti inflammatory steroid. They also provide you with anesthetic eye drops in case of pain (not required); refresh eye drops if your eyes feel dry, and the mobile phone number of the surgeon in case of an emergency!

      The next morning I went back for my follow up appointment, it was truly amazing to be able to read the car number plates and road signs. It was confirmed that I had 20/20 vision. I've had no problems driving at night my eyes have not felt dry and I only wish that I had done this years ago. I've been back for my second appointment and my vision has improved even more now 20/20+ for both reading and distance.

      My advice, don't think about it, just do it! The best decision I have ever made!

      I would highly recommend Optimax, the staff are fantastic, The surgeons very experienced, Mr Hoe has treated 15318 eyes since 2002, they are not pushy, and are reasonably priced!
      Interest free credit is available to everyone, Lifetime guarantee and free aftercare. The initial consultation is free although they ask for a £10 deposit.

      They do operate a recommend a friend scheme, I do have some vouchers for £500 off treatment. If you or a friend would like £500 off your treatment or have any questions, please email me luise@onelife4coaching.com

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      20.05.2011 16:34
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      One of the best decisoons I ever made in life.

      Here is a summary of my treatment:
      I originally went to one of Optimax's competitors, but during the consultation I felt like I was on a conveyor belt, no real personal service and they avoided my "risk" questions.

      Couple months later I went to Optiimax at Canary Wharf in London for a consultation. Very personal, very thorough and gave detailed explanation of my "risk" concerns. My mind was put at rest.
      I then went home and did some Research on the consultants available and decided to have the treatment at Optimax in Finchley, London.

      On 9/9/09 I had Intralase Wavefront Lasik Treatment in both eyes. I was short sighted and have astigmatism. Treatment itself was completely painless. Couple hours after treatment I had some discomfort, but never had to take the painkillers I was given.

      Day 2 I had one bloodshot eye and it was slightly sore (felt a bit like a contact lens that has dried up).

      Day 3 I had a follow up test...vision already the same as when I wore contacts.

      Day 7 and vision is now 20/20. No discomfort whatsoever. Having treatment was one of the best things I have ever done.
      Day 14 and I feel like I have experienced a miracle. daytime and night time vision is better than I ever had with glasses or contact lens.
      Here I am 3 weeks later, all the sport I do tennis/football/golf is so much better with my "new eyes". I am really looking forward to going on holiday next month to a hot country, when normally I would suffer from dry eyes with contact lens.

      November....just been on holiday and it was wonderful not to have to suffer from dry eyes with my contact lens. The clarity of my vision was really highlighted on my trip.

      December and is fantastic how I can see all the Christmas decorations and lights so clear and colourful. On 20 Dec had my 3 month check up, both eyes confirmed at 20/20 vision and both have healed completely. Everything about this surgery has exceeded my expectations.

      March, have just returned from a skiing trip. Once again having had laser eye surgery has given me yet more benefits. I was able to see the awesome view of the Alps in crystal clear vision for the very first time. And I was much better able to read the pistes and plot my journey, avoiding ice and other dangers. This was my best ever ski trip.

      Haven't mentioned this before but I am also a football referee, refereeing in amateur leagues in Surrey. Let me just say I am having my best ever season, so much easier to make those decisions when your eyesight is 20/20. It's now April and enjoying the beautiful colours of spring.

      It's now May and enjoying swimming in the outdoor pool at my health club, another activity which is so much better without contact lens.

      It's now June and am really enjoying the World Cup, it's fantastic to be able to view the TV screen in the pub no matter how far away I am . Oh the joys of 20/20 vision.
      It's now August and am still enjoying the outdoor life. Currently doing some football coaching with school kids at summer camp. Great to be able to be outdoors come rain or shine and not have to wear contact lens or glasses.

      September and went for my 1 year check up at Optimax (by coincidence on the exact anniversary of treatment 9/9), amazingly my sight had improved again. Consultant said my eyes had healed perfectly and I was now officially discharged.

      I have some Optimax vouchers, gicen to me as part of Optimax Reconmmend a Friend scheme. If you would like one please PM me or e mail me.

      Stephen B
      mcfcfan@btinternet.com

      What Optimax offer with your voucher:
      -free consultation
      -the best treatment in the UK
      -competitive price, and £500 off with voucher
      -interest free credit
      -free after care.

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      26.02.2011 12:37

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      I have cancelled my appointment with optimax because i was lied to from day 1. I was originally contacted with an offer of Intralase Lasik with Waveform for £1995 with 0% finance. When i booked for the procedure i was asked for a £100... i was never advised i would need to pay anything up front. 2 days before the procedure i was asked for another £89.50 as the balance of the deposit. I was never told about a deposit so complained. The next day someone called me back to confirm the 10% would need to be paid and said i would need to pay £95!! The 0% is also not guaranteed either so i feel i could have been forced in to a massive interest bearing loan.. I felt like i was being legally mugged so cancelled the appointment.

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      29.12.2010 23:32

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      I had Lasik in March 10 and I dont regret it for a moment! I am extremely pleased with my results. I had a -4.5 & a -5 prescription & I now have 20/20 vision in 1 eye and 20/10 vision in the other. At 1st I could see a difference between but now I don't notice it. I did have night halos and fireworks on lights for a few months after my surgery and even now bright lights (like some headlights) look like fireworks but the halos are hardly there now. This did scare me at 1st as I never had this before my op. Aftercare was good, no infections or problems, my surgeon and the staff were great, they answered all my questions even though I was very nervous and grilled them! The only downside was I had to haggle on price.

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      29.06.2010 15:27

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      Cannot recommend Optimax, Belfast highly enough.

      OMG! Had Lasik Wavefront Surgery on both eyes last Tuesday 22/06/10 at the Optimax Clinic in Belfast. Firstly, I cannot praise the staff highly enough.They were informative, patient, able to answer any queries I had and made me feel calm as I was VERY nervous! I must mention Susan, who held my hand throughout, and Kelly who were both soo pleasant and professional.Anyway, on to the actual surgery...the whole process was over in 3/4 minutes! Dr Madhu was a gentleman and the girls in theatre kept me informed of everything that was going on. I FELT NOTHING and still feel nothing..I just hope that I'm not too premature with my review, but I feel so great abut the entire process that I had to tell anyone who is thinking about this surgery JUST GO FOR IT! I now have 20/20! Have followup appt 2moro mornin-hope I can wear makeup soon!!!!

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      24.10.2009 14:31

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      Just had Bi-Lateral Intralase LASIK with Wavefront at Optimax in Southampton, the surgeon was Mr Ayoubi. Had my assessment yesterday morning and the procedure 2 hours later. Straight away I could see and read posters but had fuzzy sight and initial slight discomfort then 2 hours later real lip chewing pain but they give you anistheic eyedrops which sort that out! Went to bed early and woke at 6 - no fuzziness and sharp vision!! Had my aftercare check at 11am - 19 hours after the procedure and I am pretty much 20/20 and your eyes get better over the next 1-2 weeks as they recover so I fully expect to have way above 20/20 in due course. So far very impressed, last nights pain/discomfort was worth it in spades.

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      24.09.2009 18:20
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      Best thing I ever did. A life changing event.

      Here is a summary of my treatment and the last 12 months:
      I originally went to one of Optimax's competitors, but during the consultation I felt like I was on a conveyor belt, no real personal sevice and they avoided my "risk" questions.

      Couple months later I went to Optiimax at Canary Wharf in London for a consultation. Very personal, very thorough and gave detailed explanation of my "risk" concerns. My mind was put at rest.
      I then went home and did some Research on the consultants available and decided to have the treatment at Optimax in Finchley, London.

      On 9/9/09 I had Intralase Wavefront Lasik Treatment in both eyes. I was short sighted and have astigmatism. Treatment itself was completely painless. Couple hours after treatment I had some discomfort, but never had to take the painkillers I was given.

      Day 2 I had one bloodshot eye and it was slightly sore (felt a bit like a contact lens that has dried up).

      Day 3 I had a follow up test...vision already the same as when I wore contacts.

      Day 7 and vision is now 20/20. No discomfort whatsoever. Having treatment was one of the best things I have ever done.
      Day 14 and I feel like I have experienced a miracle. daytime and night time vision is better than I ever had with glasses or contact lens.
      Here I am 3 weeks later, all the sport I do tennis/football/golf is so much better with my "new eyes". I am really looking forward to going on holiday next month to a hot country, when normally I would suffer from dry eyes with contact lens.

      November....just been on holiday and it was wonderful not to have to suffer from dry eyes with my contact lens. The clarity of my vision was really highlighted on my trip.

      December and is fantastic how I can see all the Christmas decorations and lights so clear and colourful. On 20 Dec had my 3 month check up, both eyes confirmed at 20/20 vision and both have healed completely. Everything about this surgery has exceeded my expectations.

      March, and I have just returned from a skiing trip. Once again having had laser eye surgery has given me yet more benefits. I was able to see the awesome view of the Alps in crystal clear vision for the very first time. And I was much better able to read the pistes and plot my journey, avoiding ice and other dangers. This was my best ever ski trip.

      Haven't mentioned this before but I am also a football referee, refereeing in amateur leagues in Surrey. Let me just say I am having my best ever season, so much easier to make those decisions when your eyesight is 20/20.

      It's now April, wish it was a bit warmer, but enjoying the beautiful colours of spring.

      It's now May and enjoying swimming in the outdoor pool at my health club, another activity which is so much better without contact lens.

      It's now June, am looking forward to watching the World Cup and being able to view the TV screen in the pub no matter how far away, Oh the joys of having 20/20 vision.

      It's now August and am still enjoying the outdoor life. Currently doing some football coaching with school kids at summer camp. Great to be able to be outdoors come rain or shine and not have to wear contact lens or glasses.

      September and went for my 1 year check up at Optimax (by coincidence on the exact anniversary of treatment 9/9), amazingly my sight had improved again. Consultant said my eyes had healed perfectly and I was now officially discharged.

      Having laser eye surgery was money well spent, and I will save money over the coming years by not having to buy glasses and contacts lens.

      And potential patients I still have some £500 off vouchers for treatment at any Optimax branch:
      Optimax have now improved their offer.
      The offer is:
      -free consultation
      -£500 off Wavefront treatment (with Lasik or Lasek)
      -interest free credit.
      To get this offer simply e mail me for one of the vouchers (it is part of their recommend a friend scheme). I will post the voucher to you free of charge.

      stephen b
      mcfcfan@btinternet.com

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      19.03.2009 12:48
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      best decision

      Hi,

      I thought i would also drop a few lines regardig my laser surgery optimax experiece as i also did loads of research online before taking the final step and it was testimonials that spurred me on, so here's mine.

      I was supposed to have same day (consult and treat) intralase but had to have epi-lasek because of a scar in one of my eyes. The procedure is very quick approx 20 mins - about 5 mins per eye. You are sort of aware of the scratching of the cornea but you will be very well anaesthetised, you will only feel the wet on the side of your face, you can see the laser right infront of you as it works but cant feel a single thing, just be prepared for the smell of your eyes being lasered, it's in the burnt hair category of smell. There is no pain, just discomfort afterwards because of light sensitivity, i.e. you are aware that something has happened to your eyes and its not the same as yesterday, dont panic, just take a nice week off and take your aftercare drops regularly.

      For intralase i hear its immediate results but for epi-lasek you have to wait about 4-5 days and you have to wear bandage contact lens for 3 days but if you are used to contacts then no problem, my 20/20 came after 5 days, as in i started driving at night, watching tv etc..working on laptop took longer, i had to take frequent breaks but about 10 days after op was when my laptop tolerance was back to normal i.e. the normal 6-24 hr stretches.

      I was able to read email the day after epi-lasek, but that was it, whilst wearing the sunglasses! LOL! i include this part simply because i know a lot of us are now online based, and so one of the pressing questions for me was how much revenue i would lose or online action i would miss whilst recovering, (this only makes sense if you are online it based) how long would i be able to code for without calling quits etc, the answer is 10-14 days! otherwise the glare is uncomfortable, but everyone is different.

      This is the best decision i have made, it feels like life as it should be experienced, but it's still a risk, but no complaints here. Having been through it, if there was such a need as to go back through it again, i would without hesitation.

      I would advise you to do your research on the consultants, these are your eyes and it is worth knowing the history of the consultant, i had one of the best ones who was in liverpool on wknds at the time, well he was certaintly the best on my day because my scar was complex, but here i am 20/20 running jumping swimming playing sauna-ring, driving laughing smiling, list goes on...:)

      Good luck, but for this hill, each has to overcome their own fears....

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      25.02.2009 18:11

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      I had a free consultancy at the Croydon Optimax branch today and I was appalled by the service I received and will be writing to their head office. I certainly will not go ahead with treatment. The two ladies had a strong accent which I could not understand ( I realise this does not make them less qualified). The guy that did the main tests including putting my eye drops in was not rude, however he rushed the whole thing and nearly ripped my head off when he abruptly pulled away a couple of the machines. The lady who at the end gave me the prices, spoke so quicky I could not understand her, she also seemed impatient with me as I could not understand her. She pushed so hard for me to go for the dearest option. I will put the whole thing off and wont go back.

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      10.11.2008 23:04
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      Worth every penny for me personally

      I wore glasses from the age of twelve. As most with short-sight, one of my parents also required corrective lenses, as did both of my sisters.
      From 17, I switched to contact lenses, along with the arrival of my drivers licence. I had no trouble with them, and had only one infection that I can remember in all the years I wore them. Even when it became apparant that my eye was mis-shaped, the lenses were fine. Ok, i needed special ones with weights in one end to make them fit the shape of the cornea.
      I started toying with the idea of corrective surgery in 2006, when I was 26. I looked into the options on the net, was fully aware of the potential problems (from failure to change anything, to making my vision worse, to full blindness). When my mother offered to foot the bill, I booked an appointment for a consultation with Optimax.
      I picked them partly due to their reputation (websites etc) and partly because they were in my hometown, so no need for long travels.
      10th November 2006 is the day my life changed. When people found out I was going to 'see' about it, they would ask why I would want to do it. My standard answer was that I wanted to see my bedroom ceiling. I wanted to swim and be able to see. Things that 'normal' sighted people take for granted. Needless to say, most thought I was either joking or was mad! But I hadnt seen a ceiling since I was about 14, and thats something you can't really comprehend unless you've been there. All I saw when I woke, was a white blur.
      Anyway, back to the point in hand.
      I arrived for my morning appointment, had some tests which determined the health of my eyes and a full standard eye test. They also sat me in front of a computer to fill in a customer form. One question they asked which surprised me was 'Do you live alone?' Apparantly, they like to make sure you have someone to look after you - which with hindsight is a very good thing!
      I had a meeting with the surgeon next, who was a lovely man. He checked the results from the previous tests, answered any questions I had, and even one from my Mum. He told me I was a perfect candidate for the surgery, and told me that I would probably need reading glassed by the time I'm forty.
      I decided if I could have 15-20 years without glasses, then it would be worth the money.
      Back out in reception, I discovered that I wasn't booked for automatic surgery the same day. Most consultations that day were, but for some reason I wasnt. However, they were very helpful, and took my mobile number and promised to ring if someone with an automatic appointment wasn't suitable. Fingers crossed, or I'd be waiting until late January, and would probably have chickened out by then!
      Of course, they found themselves with a spare slot, and in I went.
      My appointment was for 1630, but when I arrived, I discovered they were running quite far behind. This was due to the appointment system not allowing for time between surgeries, I was told.
      It was about 10 to 6pm that I was called in. I was taken into a waiting room, where a nurse talked me through the aftercare - two lots of drops, how often I'd need to return for check-ups etc.
      Then she lead me through to the theatre. They took my glasses, and I sat in a dentist like chair. The surgery itself was painless. They use numbing eye drops. For me, the worse bit was the gadget they use to hold your eye open! The laser was quick, and almost pretty to watch! You fix on a dot, but you can see the laser dancing over the surface over you eye.
      Yes there was a strange aroma, but it wasn't nauseating for anything. It was simply the laser doing it's work.
      By quarter past six, we were out in the carpark having paid, put on sunglasses (to protect the eyes from airborne particles and light) and collected my drops, appointment card and my glasses.
      They tell you to rest your eyes, and that you may find it more comfortable to keep them closed. What they didn't tell me, was after closing my eyes, I couldn't open them. This I found seriously scary. We got home about half past six, and it wasn't until about half past eleven (after a certain Friday night prog) that I could open my eyes. It wasn't that I didnt try before. I literally couldn't force my lids up.
      When I mentioned this in the check up the next morning, I was told that this was perfectly normal. It just irked me that they didnt make me aware of it before. During my 9am appointment, it was declared that I had 20/20 vision, or as good as.
      My night-time eye wear was deeply sexy! Clear plastic lenses with air holes in them, that you tape over your eyes. The idea is that they protect you from rubbing or poking your eyes in your sleep. You're supposed to wear them for three weeks, but I gave up after one. They more often than not were skewed or off completely when I woke anyway. After so many years of contact lenses, I dont rub my eyes anyway.
      There are restrictions to what you can do afterwards, for about six weeks, but these were not a problem for me. You're not supposed to shower for a week in case you get water in your eyes, but again this went by the by! With lenses, you learn how to wash your hair without soaking your face.
      I had two follow up appointments, one a week later, one a month later. You're supposed to have one three months later, but they signed me off just after christmas 2006.

      I cannot begin to express the freedom I feel. Everyday, it's amazing to me that I can see. The first time I could see my bedroom ceiling was astounding. To be able to fly, without having to take my glasses, solution and case, is liberating.

      I would recommend the Wavefront Lasik treatment I had. But I would include a serious warning to anyone. Do you research first. Know what you are gambling before laying your cards on the table.

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        19.11.2007 00:24
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        Stop thinking about it and get it done.

        I had my treatment on 20 October 2007, I'm never going to forget that day! I had my consultation at around lunchtime, which involved some eye tests and a thorough examination by the surgeon. I gave my eye history, and explained that I was fed up of having to wear contact lenses & glasses.

        After I was told that I was a suitable candidate, he went through the various procedures. I had already decided beforehand that I would have Epi-Lasek. Although it would hurt, there was less chance of complications. He then convinced be to have wavefront treatment as there is a better chance of 20/20 vision, and also to avoid any night vision problems (because of my large pupils). I mean there's no point in trying save money on your eye sight.

        I came back around 14:30 for the treatment, as i walked in everyone was in surgeon gear and I thought to my self this is serious..


        Throughout the procedure I felt no pain because of the drops they put in your eye. I had already seen the operation on youtube so I knew exactly what he was doing. The thing you really remember is the pungent smell of the tissue being vapourised.

        As I left the surgery my eyes were a little sensitive to light, but I could instantly see better. When I got home the pain began, which was at first was tolerable but the only thing I had a problem with was the heavy watering of the eyes. I was given anaesthetic drops but i never used them, as I wanted them to heal naturally.

        By the next day the pain had gone, and my eyesight was good in the right but blurry in the left. I couldn't watch TV or read because of the bandage lenses in my eye, which were uncomfortable. My eyesight gradually got better.


        I had these lenses removed at the clinic 3 days after surgery, and I could now read the 20/20 line on the eye chart. What a result!

        I had by second checkup a week after surgery and I know have better than 20/20 vision.

        Having laser eye surgery was the best decision I've ever made, no more glasses or contact lenses for the rest of my life (for distance vision).

        Whenever I see someone wearing glasses or contacts, I think to myself, why are they messing around with these frames and pieces of plastic in their eyes. All they need to have is a simple 15 minute procedure.

        I may have paid £1500 (18 months interest free), but over my lifetime I will save money because contact and glasees are not cheap.


        One final thing I've actually got better vision than I had with my contacts & glasses, so I don't agree with it being classed as cosmetic surgery. It's 2007 and god has given us the knowledge to give us back our youthful vision, please don't pass up on that chance.

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          09.03.2007 12:10

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          I had mine done in London in Feb 06. I went for the ICL, and the treatment was done in Colindale. This involved implanting a lense in the eye, and the the results have been great. Since the operation i have never had any problems at all, and my eye sight is still very good.Based on my experience, well recommended!!

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      • Product Details

        Epi-LASEK involves lasering the surface of the cornea under the epithelium. It is a combination of surface PRK and Epiflap. The laser is programmed for your individual prescription. The surface of the eye is lasered (cornea) without the need of surgery to the eye. Epi-LASEK laser eye surgery is performed in sterile conditions. The surgeon applies anaesthetic eye drops to eliminate any pain and a small 'clip' is used to keep the eyelid open. The thin, protective outer layer of cells (epithelium) is softened with alcohol and folded aside. You then stare at the target light whilst the laser is applied to the cornea for about 30 seconds. Additional laser treatment for astigmatic correction, if required, takes place after a short pause and takes a further 15 seconds (dependent on the level of correction required). The epithelium is then gently pushed back into place. The treatment takes approximately 15 minutes (a special tracker locks onto the iris and the laser follows the eye if you move) and patients find the whole process quick and simple.