has anyone had laser eye surgery and wish they had not?

Discussion in 'Manflu Corner' started by startinghandle, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. I see online there is new laser eye surgery supposed to give excellent results but I just don't like the idea of making little cuts across the eyes..... I have worn glasses for 44 years and no problems so perhaps just carry on the same
  2. primmiemoo

    primmiemoo Member

    I know someone who's on their second go, as it were.
    It hasn't been regretted, but does need check ups and tweaks.

    The techniques have been refined since the first go, and yes, was approached with trepidation, but it's made a positive difference to that person's life.
  3. Weare Cham

    Weare Cham Member

    N. Devon
    Had mine done 4 years ago. Definitely no regrets.
  4. Good morning, my wife had laser surgery on her eyes about 6 years ago and she is very happy with the results. She's a vet and she has certainly seen the benefits during surgery etc.
    She spent a while researching the different procedures and the individual surgeons who carried out the operation. I think she even contacted some of the patients to get their opinions. Take your time and don't just go on pricing.
    Good luck
  5. smcapstick

    smcapstick Member

    Kirkby Lonsdale
    I was in this section to start a laser eye surgery thread.

    I have an astigmatism in my right eye and I feel like it’s getting more intrusive. It especially annoying when using binoculars - a need to constantly correct the relief on that side because it won’t focus. It’s getting pretty useless for shooting with iron sights, too... and target acquisition with a scope is slow.

    Has anyone else had the op done?

    Personally, I think £1,000 to £2,000 for good vision is a bargain.
  6. PSQ

    PSQ Member

    Scottish Borders
    I had laser surgery to correct short sightedness in 2012 in both eyes, and my vision is fantastic.
    But, due to the characteristics of my eyes I couldn't have the 'new type' of surgery where they cut a flap and use the laser below the surface. I had to have the old type of surgery where they use the laser on the surface of the cornea, and it has left me with an issue where I occasionally have dry eyes on waking which which feels like pulling sticking plasters from your eyeballs, followed by intense irritation. It is soothed by applying carbomer eye gel, but it's not a lot of fun.
    It's just a shame that my ability to read fine print or do intricate work is going to pot, which the surgeon says happens to most people in their late 40's...
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  7. smcapstick

    smcapstick Member

    Kirkby Lonsdale
    I’m not exactly George Best, but if drinking a couple of bottles of merlot will break my eyes then it’s a dealbreaker. I’d rather wear glasses.

    I’ll book a consultation, I think.
  8. PSQ

    PSQ Member

    Scottish Borders
    Would I do it again? strangely, yes.
    It happens maybe once a month, and the pain lasts about 2 minutes, or 20 minutes in a very rare 'post stag do' type scenario. I've learned not to drink late at night, and if I have, drink a pint of water and apply the gel drops before bed.
    I love being able to see the hills in the distance in amazing clarity, and I don't miss looking through scratched glasses, or the opticians patter when they try to convince you that £300 for a pair of new specs is good value.
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  9. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    My farther in law nearly lost all sight in one eye after surgery and I have a friend who experienced similar disaster and would possibly have ended up blind if he hadn’t been able to afford the specialist that put it right - the NHS didn’t want to know

    No way I would do it despite also knowing a lot of people for who it’s been a massive success
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  10. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Welshpool Powys
    I was born partially sighted in my left eye and have been offered all sorts of treatments over the years.
    I’ve heard too many horror stories so I’ll carry on with glasses.
    Tried patches and all sorts as a child and never worked something to do with your brain making you have a ‘master eye’.
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  11. Netherfield

    Netherfield Member

    West Yorkshire
    Years ago I asked my doctor what he thought about it, he'd been working as a surgeon,operating most days until his eyesight got to a point he had to quit,so then became a GP instead, he said "I don't know of any doctor or surgeon who's ever had it done to them".

    I'm still not sure what gets done with laser anyway, a friend took her sister to Leeds to have it done, she now doesn't need glasses for driving or general living, but still needs them for reading a newspaper or small print documents and sewing.
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  12. hally

    hally Member

    I had it done to correct short sightedness about 15 years ago, it was a revelation not wearing glasses on a quad in wet weather, been no bother and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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  13. SJM

    SJM Member

    Had it done to correct short sightedness in 2012. Best 2k I think I've ever spent. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
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  14. smcapstick

    smcapstick Member

    Kirkby Lonsdale
    2k is literally chicken feed compared to good eyesight. I’m game!
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  15. Courier

    Courier Member

    Been wearing specs now for 57 years and always been reluctant to have my eyes messed about with, but I now have a nuisance cataract on one eye and the beginnings of one on the other but £6000 to £7000 for both is not cheap when they may qua;ify for NHS treatment in a year or so.
    My short sight without glasses is great, but very limited between 4 and 7 inches
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