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30 Years of Spectacles Gone in 15 Mins - London, GB

I have been looking at getting laser eye surgery...

I have been looking at getting laser eye surgery for the last 10 years. I was declined surgery in 2004 due to wide pupils so I gave up looking. I recently found myself becoming less tolerant to contact lenses (gave me headaches after 6 hours of wearing them) and my glasses were a pain to put on underneath a motorcycle helmet.

I started looking again at laser surgery mid 2012 and started researching all the companies within the UK. People did suggest I go abroad as they are cheaper and even 'better'. But I thought if I have any complications, its highly unlikely that I will be able to return to an 'abroad' surgery with ease.

I ruled out all the high street laser offers; optimax, ultralase, optical express etc as there were too many negative reviews about the service and/or surgery. I only have one pair of eyes so I need to find someone who I can place my trust in. Eventually I chose 4 companies; Center for Sight, Advanced Vision Care, Accuvision and Focus. After numerous tests at all of these clinics which made me feel welcome and seemed to be run efficiently and professionally, it turns out I still have wide pupils (8mm) and now thin corneas which limits the amount of treatment I can have and also astigmatism.

All the companies said they could do it but I could suffer from night vision issues such as halo's and starbursts around lights. One surgeon even said that I shouldn't have it done anywhere as I will get issues due to my cornea thickness and pupil size.

So with all that information, I resigned myself to a lifetime of glasses :-(

I ruled out London Vision Clinic some time ago as they wanted £500 just to do the tests. All the other companies were happy to do the testing for free. But after reading all reviews of LVC and their experience of dealing with people with wide pupils, I decided to go for the test. The £500 would be taken off the end price if I decided to proceed with the treatment if i was found suitable. I went through all the usual vision tests along with some more eye scanning machines. I was told again of my issues with thin corneas and night issues. I was even shown a simulation of how bad the night star bursts could potentially be. Its like having slightly smeared glasses which, from the image i saw, was tolerable to me. But all end results depend on how you heal, and everyone heals slightly differently.

The surgery is based on Harley Street and is run very professionally, so I should hope so based on how much they charge!! After the testing, I was told I fall into the high profile surgery due to my high prescription; -6 in both eyes with astigmatism in the right. This meant my treatment would cost me £6300. I talked to the customer advisor and even tried to haggle or check for any discount vouchers online, all to no avail. The price is what the price is unfortunately.

So after a few more days of research, I decided to book the surgery.
Monday morning, got to the surgery at 10.30. Was taken to a consulting room by a nurse and discussed the eye drops that I would need and any pain killers that may be required. Was given a small cocktail of tablets to take prior to surgery. Then had a little hair net put on me and some plastic shoe covers and was taken to the operating room. There were two large machines in the room and a padded bench for me to lay on. There were probably about 4-5 people in the room.
There are two processes to the treatment.
1. Make the flap
2. Laser the cornea
From start to finish, each process takes about 10 mins. The actual time the machines are actually on is probably about 20 seconds. This is the time you need to keep looking at the green light.

And thats it. I was taken to a quiet dark room to recover for 15 mins. Unfortunately I started to suffer from a bit of pain and had to be given some more anaesthetic. I was one of small minority that this happens too. Most people that came in for surgery, they were on their way home 20 mins after surgery.

The day of the surgery, I was putting in eye drops every 15 mins to keep my eyes lubricated. The next day, I had another appointment with the surgeon to check on the healing process. We went through the usual eye tests and I could see 20/20. I was told my vision may fluctuate over the next few days and weeks.

Night vision; very slight star bursts :-) Have got a bit of dry eye but am continuing with the eye drops every hour

So to summarise 4 days after surgery, LVC will look after you and your eyes. Ask any questions you may have, I asked loads!!!
Dan Reinstein

An excellent surgeon. Could not ask for anyone better.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Thanks for sharing your process so far! Will the night vision and dry eyes keep improving as time goes by?

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I am pleasantly surprised, but from what I can see at night, i have very very limited stars around lights and NO halos :-) After speaking to friends and what they can see, they can see the same size stars around lights, so I think i'm normal!! Regarding the dry eyes, yes, they will keep improving. From what the surgeon has said, my eyes will fluctuate over the next 3-6 months but not to a major degree. If my eyes stay exactly like they are now (2 weeks on), i'll be extremely happy with the results.
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