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TOPIC: Lasik/Lasek Surgery Complications

My eyes 20 Dec 2017 14:56 #11

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Hi, I've been contacted by Optical Express regarding laser surgery but after reading all these comments I'm not going to have anything done. I've got really poor shortsightedness as well as posterior vitreous detachments in both eyes so I think I'll leave well alone. Can't have them becoming worse.
Thanks to everyone for their comments. And I really feel for all of you who have suffered with problems. It's my worst nightmare.

surgery 22 Nov 2017 15:44 #12

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Really and truly shocked to read of all the terrible experiences people have been having.
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My friend who used Optical Express had eye pain for quite a few months.

Optical Express HAVE ruined my life! 21 Nov 2017 07:17 #13

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Optical Express have ruined my life! They have scarred my cornea in my left eye and it's like a piece of cling film over it. My right eye was supposed to be for distance but I can't focus at all.
I wish I listened to my friend and not had it done!

OE screwed up my vision 13 Nov 2017 20:42 #14

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Only wish I’d done more homework before parting with £6k and allowing Optical Express screw up my vision. 3 of their optometrists and the surgeon - Dr Alex George - have said I need further surgery, (YAG in both eyes and corrective for my dominant eye) but their pen pushers won’t authorize it. Or at least not until after 12 months when they’d look to charge me more money for the privilege.
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Operated on a lazy eye! Why? 13 Apr 2017 20:00 #16

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Just told by Specsavers that there was zero chance of laser eye surgery helping a lazy eye! Amblyopia cannot be treated with laser eye surgery or even helped! What was the point in operating on it other than to take my money?

post LASIK dry eye 07 Apr 2017 20:59 #17

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I don't know how people cope with their post LASIK symptoms without good professional support. I can't thank my local Eye Hospital Emergency team enough for picking up where Optical Express so rudely left off. After a very uncomfortable night, I made my way to the unit fearing another corneal abrasion. All I did was walk passed some dusty roadworks. Right eye hurt, teared like mad and I had some loss of vision - could not stand light and spent hours with the warm compress over my face, contemplating my future. Good news - it was only good old dry eye.
LASIK, the gift that keeps on giving. In a few days it will be 3 years since the big op.
Big thank you to Oxford Eye Hospital Walk-in Emergency Service for looking after me so well today.

My experience.... 25 Mar 2017 17:26 #18

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My surgery was carried out in Glasgow, at the end of January last year. It was performed by Mr David Teenan. Throughout the whole process in the lead up to surgery, i was repeatedly mis-sold the procedure. I was told id have better than 20/20 vision. That optical express's machinery was two generations better than the competitors. Any fears i had over the procedure such as complications or risks were played down. Id be back at work in a few days and would be glad i had the op. I was a perfect candidate and they love my type as the difference they make is so great. When I asked about the consent docs i was told it was just a formality, not to worry about it and just sign as there would be no way id get any complications. If i paid/signed up on the day id get a discount....but only if i signed that day. Etc etc etc.

I of course now know id fallen for a sales pitch.

I was recommended for i design lasek as my corneas were too thin for lasik.

It took 3 weeks after the op to regain any sort of standard of vision.I was in pain for a lot of it. I was off work for the whole time. I kept getting told that everyone was different and that i just needed to wait and see how i was.

At each visit i kept getting told that they were unsure why i was taking so long to heal. "Its just one of those things, everyone is different" they said.

Around end of may/start of june they told me there was no need for me to come back. I explained that i was still having difficulty with my eyes but was told not to worry.

I left it a bit then contacted their head office to complain. I was advised to go back in for further tests around aug/september.

Again much of the same happened. I was told that i was still healing and may take longer than others. My eyes were fine. I kicked up a fuss and further tests were carried out.

After these tests were carried out it was ascertained that i had a residual prescription in my eyes. I had went from being short sighted to being long sighted. I was given contacts then glasses to try and see if my vision improved. It did, but i was still left with ghosting images, starburst, dry eyes and general bluriness. I also had a distinct difference in the vision from my right and left eyes. So much so that when i was driving the car in front would be a different distance away depending on what eye i used.
I was a marvel, no one could explain why id had these issues. I was recommended for enhancement but the surgeons knocked it back.

I complained again to head office officially and recieved a multi page response from Stephen Hannan basically saying it was my choice, nothing wrong with my eyes but if i wanted to go back to see them and pay(as my free year had elapsed) then i could and they may reconsider enhancement.

I have contacted my old opticians who admit i have a prescription left and issues with dry eyes.

Pressured to have correction Laser 25 Feb 2017 19:02 #19

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What surgery did you have ?lasek or lasik
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Pressured to have correction Laser 03 Feb 2017 16:50 #20

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Its eleven months since I had Lasik surgery with at Optical Express Sheffield branch. Disaster!! Before surgery I could read a newspaper and work at my pc etc without the need for glasses. Now my life is ruined!! Yes I agree my distance vision is SLIGHTLY better, however my eyes are now constantly dry and Im dependant on a cocktail of various eye drops and totally rely on glasses to undertake basic tasks such as preparing food, the stuff we take for granted, the tasks which matter to us. I dont drive at night due to halos and my distance is not as good as when I wore distance glasses - its blurred/fluctuates. Had the surgeon Muhammed Kazmi taken time to explain my near vision would disappear the moment after laser procedure I would have run a mile and they could have kept my deposit, but the day of surgery I met him for the first time for a rushed five minute consultation. I had explained to all the Optical Express staff the nature of my work/lifestyle, that I was just annoyed wearing glasses for driving. My near vision was great, I could read a newspaper and carry out tasks without glasses. So why did they go ahead without telling me close vision would go?

I had to complain and fight OE to provide plugs to alleviate dry eye. Life is miserable but Muhammed Kazmi insists he should do a correction because he says my eyes are now not as dry so safe to do so. Is this because its coming up to 12 month post surgery? Well why would I trust their judgement, I dont have confidence, OE perform procedures fuelled by profit and clearly do not consider patients best interest. Ive met and been treated by a wonderful, impartial/trusted NHS consultant at Hallamshire Hospital who assured me it isn't safe and he doesnt recommend correction laser. He strongly urges me not to be pressured by OE - he said "They have a duty of care" to me! I know whose opinion I trust.

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