Laser Eye Surgery

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John Von  ·  04 Jul 2010

Is difficult to find neutral web sites resources where your can see or talk about refractive eye surgery without inclination to any particular doctor or medical center. Personally I am one of those persons who want to see the big pictures of every before any conclusions without been limited with information according to what "a particular doctor or medical center" have or does, putting on disadvantage others who practice the same surgery with different elements and techniques. Ultimately is about society.

Here is a websites where you can some how interact or participate, making your consultation online through their LASIK blog.


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johnmc  ·  16 Mar 2008
well, I'm gettting my eyes done in 2 weeks. Getting Lasik done.I was in for my pre-op a few weeks ago and the surgeon went through the whole procedure. My eyes are - 7 and -7.5, so I'm pretty bad - he hopes to get me "near 20-20" vision on the first attempt (he says I should be able to read the line above the 20-20 line on the chart), and may need a second blast if I want to get to 20-20.

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Liz  ·  23 Dec 2007
Hello, I just wanted to tell my story regarding my Lasik surgery. I had it done this month at the Wellington Eye Clinic at the Beacon Sandyford. I had my two eyes done the same day by Dr Cummings. I had looked up the internet and read a lot about the surgery. I have to admit some of the stories really scared me. I went to have the consultation done after awhile... I have to say I was put at ease by the professional service I received from all the staff. They really made me feel at ease. I decided to go ahead but I was very nervous thinking of the bad experiences people had wrote about on certain websites. It was making me thing twice when my surgery date came near. However I pressed ahead with nerves. The surgery went well thank god! Dr Cummings was so nice to me. He was easy to talk too and talked to me during the surgery. This really helped. My life has changed so much, thats why I wanted to write and help other people in two minds to get the surgery done. I have no connection with the Wellington Clinic what so ever. I decided to go with the clinic because I felt they were offering the best professional service. I feel you get what you pay for and lets face it your health is your wealth! I hope I have given some hope to people who are finding it hard to make up their minds. Please think twice before rejected the idea of surgery! I have done it and It has been the best decision of my life! I am forever greatful to Dr Cummings for giving me a new way of life. Thank you.

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gav (AIJ67333)  ·  21 Dec 2007
Hi everybody, hi Dr. Nick.
The information here is great.
It would be of more help to me, and probably to others too, if everybody with specific outcomes would give their original prescription at the start of a message. I know people who it has worked for but no one with these awful side effects. I'm -4.25 in both eyes.

People in my extended family have had no trouble.
Is this a good sign?
Or does it count for nothing?

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Anonymous  ·  03 May 2007
Im considering having laser eye surgery where is the best place to go in Ireland

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Anonymous  ·  28 Jun 2005
I couldn't agree more with Kathryn. Have just heard recently about 2 incidents making one realize that you get what you pay for. The 1st incident involved a discount centre in the north that advertises strongly in the south - well, they went out of business recently so whoever had their surgery with them will have to find a proper clinic and doctor to follow them up now that they have ceased to provide their services. The 2nd involves a cheap centre in the south that did a procedure for a patient, the doctor then flew home (outside of Ireland) and when the patient started experiencing serious problems, had to be admitted by other ophthalmologists to state hospitals to sort the problem out because there was no decent after care in place. You're only cutting corners and I don't think it's worth it when you go for price instead of quality and experience.

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Anonymous  ·  16 Jun 2003
I have been diagnosed with a deviated Septum and have read of ENT Specialists in the UK carrying out corretive surgery for this condition with lasers.

Could you suggest anywhere I could contact to see if this proceedure is available in Ireland?

Thanks in advance,

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naomi (naomismith)  ·  24 Nov 2002
Hi I had Lasik eye surgery a year and a half ago in the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin on both eyes and have had no problems at all, and can\'t believe it took me so long to get the surgery. Yes I was scared, but found contact lenses too hard to try, and glasses were very limiting. I would recommend at least talking to a doctor about it, they will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate or not. It cost at the time £1000 per eye, I ended up getting approx £500 in tax back, however with tax credits now I don\'t think you would get money back.

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Kevin (koneall)  ·  20 Nov 2002
I would suggest you talk to the doctor about follow-up care if complications develop. What if you cannot work for a period after surgery? What if you need contact lenses during the healing phase? What if you develop dry eyes and need nasolacrimal duct plugs? When I had surgery nothing in the way of follow-up care was included. Contact lenses, duct plugs and eye drops were all extra costs borne by me, not the hospital.

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Anonymous  ·  14 Nov 2002
I'm due to have LASIK surgery on both eyes in 2 weeks time. Can anyone who has had this procedure advise me as to how i can best prepare for it so as to speed up the healing process?

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Anonymous  ·  27 Sep 2002
Hi Aoife,I am Irish and unfortunately count as one of the bad outcomes from lasik surgery here in Ireland.
The statisics are very hard to get from the Irish Clinics and in the Refractive journals you may only see the major complications reported,i.e loss of vision,wrinkles leading to cornnea transplants.
Due to the fact this surgery is elective"cosmetic",there are no watch dogs to report complications except if you go down the legal route and this takes years and most cases are settled out of court by the insurance companies.
Having reserched lasik complications here in Ireland the statistics are approximately the same as in the USA,they are 5 years ahead and now with the help of the foundation are receiving documented information of complications worldwide. Such is the serious nature of the complications now been reported, on the 5 of October 2002 in ATLANTA,GEORGIA,USA,THE EMORY VISION INSTITUTE and renowned Refractive Surgeons and Doctors, are holding special clinics to help sufferers from all over the USA and Europe.They will facilitate by Emory performing Interwave analysis that determines the type and extent of aberrations that occur after refractive surgery,also dry eyes.The Surgeons will see the patients also on Saturday(special clinic from Emory)for flap wrinkles,strie,aberration issues all induced by bad lasik outcomes.

I run a support group here for Irish/English sufferers and ask, if this surgery is so successful why are so many of us here travelling to this USA special convention for treatment and some hope of recovery of vision from these USA surgeons and DOCTORS?????

Ask your Surgeon for his statisics past and present, as these complications are usually lifelong.

I am still receiving medical treatment three years after my lasik surgery.I have never sued the Surgeon or Clinic involved due mainly to the fact i would not be able to run this support group or offer information.

The support or information for Irish sufferers is email...


or contact me via on the B.Board .Post yourself any questions and you will receive replys world-wide.

good luck.

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Aoife (AoifeA)  ·  27 Sep 2002
I am still weighing up the possibility of having this surgery done, but have been quite put off by some of the comments posted here. Is there anywhere I can access Irish statistics on success rates? A lot of the negative comments seem to have been posted by American readers, I'm not sure if the experience is as bad in Ireland?

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Miles (BlkIrsh)  ·  10 Sep 2002
Seventeen years post radial keratotomy operation with its glare night and day. A moon that has eight other quarter moons that are displayed to the top left and present themselves in a downward arc, propagating in a diminishing appearance until we’re back to the moon at the bottom center right.
You can’t undo the cuts.

I had to make it work I had a new career as a locomotive engineer; it was an exciting time.

I had my own 12,000 ton coal train 115 cars, five locomotives, 15000 hp and 178 miles of mostly new track that ran through the harvest moon country of eastern Wyoming down into the Platte river valley through Wendover Canyon crossing over the North Platte River into Guernsey Wy.

After the R. K. surgery I could not be outside without sunglasses; cloudy day, sunny day, winter’s day or summer. The starburst and halos-night time glare either sprang from or surrounded all the lights in my night time environment and became a challenge I had to overcome. It was like a dirty pair of soft contact lenses had been permanently attached to my eye balls.

The worst that it got was on a double mainline with a long siding to one side or the other with three trains moving at three different speeds, in two different directions. During the day this is not a problem but at night the conflicting visual references induced vertigo or more commonly known in the aviation industry as spatial disorientation and could come on suddenly with all the panic and fear that vertigo can induce.

During instrument training and what they call under the hood pilot training, I had learned to shake off vertigo, to trust my instruments and their readings and conquer the fear and the feeling of loss of control. The lessons served me well in the nighttime running of a train with few outside visual references or when those that I did have were lost in star patterns and halo and glare from inside and outside light sources.

The railroads worked us 60 and 70 hours a week and fatigue, burnout, employee turnover and train crashes were acceptable losses to the management.

Then you have this informed consent paperwork that hangs over the experience to intimidate you and threaten to bring on the wrath of their lawyers if you even think of complaining. Ignorance is bliss to the corporate world that hides behind legalisms in their superior position in the modern world, insulated protected until finally the statute of limitations absolves them of any a liability.

Dissatisfied customer to say the least. Many of us should not have been picked as candidates for refractive surgery, regardless of the type, RK, PRK; lasik etc.

When I first heard of lasik my first thought was that I wished I had waited. That was 10 years ago now that I have read the The experiences of people who have had the latest surgeries and are described at the website surgical eyes, I find that some people are still wishing that they had waited for a new and better procedure.

So where am I going with this? Those of us who have to live with an unsatisfactory result from Refractive Surgery could become lost in the statistics. Surrounded by the commercial hype, Government policy changes that could move millions into the RS market and a feeling that I could will be lost as the statistically insignificant.

A recent poster to the surgical eyes web site, after two pre-op examinations made the following statements,

“I doubt very much that many people really are capable of making decisions based on "failure rates". I know that I'm not, and I think the numbers game is a very peculiar way of achieving "informed consent". When making a decision there's much greater value, in my opinion, to be had by skimming the experiences of others and letting all that extra gray matter do its job. If you let numbers convince you to go against your instinct your misery is all the greater should the situation turn bad."

"The most unsettling item, however, is the observation that the doc I've been working with doesn't seem to see ANYTHING I say as a contraindication. Rather, my concerns are merely things which need to be patched up before we do the procedure. As many other messages on this board indicate, the LASIK practitioner's idea of "Informed Consent" seems not to be informing the patient of her/his specific risks and issues, but rather simply saying, "LASIK is really great and will solve almost everyone's vision problems, but really anything could happen up to and including total loss of vision and there's really no guarantee or way of predicting that it won't happen to you. So anyway, I've got an opening next Thursday afternoon; is Thursday good for you?"

IF you are a perfect candidate you will Probably Have Successful surgery info on the other hand there is any doubt trust your feelings Read the informed consent form of that is posted on the pages of the surgical eyes web site and remember the doctor is fixing what is not broke.
The refractive surgeon’s motto “ FEARAIGH AGUS DOGH BUADH”

Best regards,

Miles Mulloy

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geri (gerielkins)  ·  10 Sep 2002
i had lasik done june 2001. since that time, i cannot drive at night due to aberrations in my vision. i used to be fully correctable with glasses, now i am what is called 20/50{in the USA} at best, some days 20/200. my vision fluctuates, and i cannot do my job as a nurse caring for preterm and sick babies. you only get one set of eyes, so be careful!

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Bryce (lonewolf)  ·  09 Sep 2002
Hi lads and lassies from all of us here in America. And thanks to the SurgicalEyes bulletin board for making me aware of this discussion.

LASIK surgery is truly a miracle of modern technology. With the right candidate, the right technology, and the right doctor it routinely produces excellent results, and many people are able to throw away their glasses or contacts forever (except for reading glasses in those over 45, or so). However, even under the best of circumstances there are risks -- and some of them can be serious -- so no one should consider LASIK without first doing their own due diligence so as to fully understand all the possible risks as well as all the potential benefits. My advice is to avoid slick sales and marketing pitches, and evaluate surgeons based on a thorough review of positive patient referrals, extensive experience performing LASIK, a very high success/satisfaction rate, and a very low complication rate. Price should not be the deciding factor. LASIK can be a wonderful blessing, but it is not for everyone, and remember, this is delicate micro-surgey on your EYES we're talkin' about here, so proceed, if at all, with great care and caution.

lone wolf

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margaret (maggie2003)  ·  09 Sep 2002
I had lasik eye surgery in a top DUBLIN CLINIC three years ago and still suffer from complications of severe dryeyes and night blindness.
I had to travel to the USA for remedial treatment.I am in the medical profession and was deemed a perfect candiae for lasik.
I now have set up an Irish support group for people with complications from lasik.I urge all clients to check out the website which helps thousands of peole worldwide suffering complications and now includes many prominent medical advisors with remedial help and support.

I can be contacted on 0868261801(9-5pm) or email margaret@jacurranda for any queries on pre-op questions or help for post-op complications and support.Also checkout the discussion postings on the lasik feature on this site.

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Anonymous  ·  09 Sep 2002
I have been told that you can travel to London, have your eyes done, go to a show and stay in an hotel for the weekend, all for the same cost as having the surgery in Dublin.

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Barbara (artistwoman)  ·  09 Sep 2002
Like Koneal, I also live in the US and had a bad outcome from Lasik surgery. I have no night vision and my daytime indoor vision is very poor. My right cornea is badly scarred and can only be repaired with a corneal transplant. Glasses can't correct the problems, and because my income has been cut in half since Lasik, I cannot afford to investigate the hard contact lenses that might help.
Lasik can be very risky. Please visit for the full picture of possibilities.

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Cindy (CindyB)  ·  09 Sep 2002
I had lasik surgery on May 10, 2001. I have severe dry eye due to lasik. It can be very painful and causes a whole host of problems. My vision fluctuates wildly every day. I have ghosting, irregular astigmatism, problems with glare, contrast sensitivity and have starbursts at night making night driving difficult.

Most of my problems were caused by having loose, defective epithelium in each eye that could not be detected until the flap was cut. I wish my surgeon had stopped and not done the other eye when it was clear I would have problems. Every day I wish I had not taken this chance with my visiona and compromised my eye health.

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Kevin (koneall)  ·  09 Sep 2002
An American website that is devoted to LASIK complications asked that some of us share our LASIK ordeal. In the U.S. LASIK has been available 8 or 9 years. I had LASIK 5 years ago. The surgeon was director of refractive surgery at a metropolitan medical school.

The majority of those having LASIK are happy with the result. But if you aren't happy there is little to be done about it.

As a result of LASIK, I cannot drive at night. I see huge starbursts and halos. I see multiple images. I see three or four ghostly moons near the real moon. I have had to drastically change my life to accomodate the lack of night vision. I can no longer do the work I trained for eight years to do.

The only remedy that is available here is hard plastic contact lenses. With these lenses I can drive at night. Unfortunately they are hard to fit and there are few optometrists that are skilled in the process. After a year of attempting to find well-fitting lenses, I will probably have to fly to the other end of the country to see a specialist.

I wish I had never had LASIK.

Kevin O'Neall

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marvin (marvin_sa)  ·  09 Sep 2002
I (I'm Irish) had LASIK done 3 years ago in South Africa (where much laser eye surgery was pioneered). I was living there at the time and went to a doctor recommended by 4 of my colleagues who had the same procedure performed by this doctor. At the time, it cost approx. IR£1000 for BOTH eyes and the results were 100%. I have since heard of people who take 3 week holidays in SA and get laser surgery while there. The saving on your eyes (half the cost as in Ireland/UK) would cover the cost of the flights! Obviously, you would have to consider the implications of something going wrong and you therefore needing a longer stay but it's just a thought...

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Anonymous  ·  07 Sep 2002
It is worth mentioning that not everyone is suitable for Lasik surgery and that PRK is the alternative. I recently had PRK on one eye, as I was not considered a suitable candidate for Lasik, due to the fact that the cornea was too "thin". PRK is supposedly much more painful than Lasik,(it was extremely painful for 48hours) but is also cheaper - 1550Euro for one eye where I had it done.

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Anonymous  ·  06 Sep 2002
Is laser surgery cheaper in Britain or the U.S.? Would it be worth going there for it??

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Anonymous  ·  05 Sep 2002
I had LASIK approx 3 to 4 yrs ago in
Would certainly recommend it, very successful.

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Anonymous  ·  05 Sep 2002
If you go to one of the clinics which carry out laser eye surgery, the doctors there will most likley tell you, that at your age, your sight is deteriorating anyway, and surgery on both eyes would leave you still needing glasses, as reading would be uncomfortable if both eyes are corrected for shortsightedness. So they will recommend getting one eye done, and leaving the other. That will give you perfect longsight in one eye, and perfect short sight in the other, but both eyes will be different, and the outcome may take time to get used to. This is what I was told, and I am the same age, and considering it, I felt it sounded too complicated. I would like to hear from anyone who has had this done.

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Anonymous  ·  05 Sep 2002
I had lasik surgery done last year and it was very successful. I had the surgery done in the mater and would recommend it to anyone.

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Eileen (ileen)  ·  04 Sep 2002
The Wellington Eye Clinic in Ballsbridge carry out this procedure. I was rejected recently for the surgery as my prescription is too high (-16.25).
Good luck

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Arthur (cummingsab)  ·  04 Sep 2002
There are a number of clinics that perform LASIK eye surgery.
The Wellington Ophthalmic Laser Clinic in Ballsbridge.
The Mater Clinic at the Mater Private Hospital.
The Blackrock Clinic in Blacrock.
Their numbers are in the telephone directory.
Some also have websites. Check

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Anonymous  ·  04 Sep 2002
I am 5l years of age and am very short-sighted (-7 and-8). I now need either 2 pairs of glasses, one for distance, one for close work. I do not have clear vision, especially driving at night. Soft lenses do not provide this, and unfortunately I am unable to wear hard lenses anymore. Can anyone tell me if after the Lasik surgery I will regain that clarity of vision?

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Anonymous  ·  04 Sep 2002
I would like to hear from anyone who has had, or knows anything about, laser or other eye surgery to treat floaters. My vision is good with glasses, but my floaters are large, persistent, chronic and an absolute pest.

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Anonymous  ·  04 Sep 2002
I had Lasik done in Blackrock clinic with Dr William Power, he was really nice and it was well worth the cost. It was 4060 for both eyes last April.

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Anonymous  ·  02 Sep 2002
Yes. I didn\'t have LASIK myself. I had PRK 2 years ago when LASIK wasn\'t so common. The Blackrock Clinic does LASIK. I guess it\'s about EUR O 2,000 per eye? You can claim tax relief at your marginal rate.

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Darragh (dazman)  ·  29 Aug 2002
Can anyone tell me where/if it is possible to get LASIK eye surgery performed in Ireland. Also how much does it cost and is this cost recoverable on tax relief or paid by health insurance? Thanks.
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