Fed up of wearing glasses? You’re not alone. These days, thousands of bespectacled men everywhere are inundated with adverts for laser eye surgery – which leaves many thinking “should I get my eyes lasered?” It’s a big decision for any man to make – and so FHM is here to give you the low-down on laser eye surgery and give you some first-hand experience. Hopefully it’ll allow you to see the whole process a little bit clearer… (sorry).
If you wear glasses, it’s likely that you have no doubt been preached to about the wonders of not having to remember to take your glasses to work every single morning or not having to worry about returning home without them after a night out. But it is important to remember that, as with any medical procedure, there are a number of risks involved with laser eye surgery – however unlikely they may be.
So, although more than 100,000 people have laser eye surgery every year, it doesn’t always go to plan. Some are left with the same quality of vision as when they went in, and some patients’ positive effects wear off after a certain period of time. In much rarer cases, patients’ vision can significantly deteriorate after they’ve had the procedure.
The cost of laser eye surgery can also differ greatly between different people, and is based on the severity of treatment that your eyes need. Prices can range from £400-£1500 per eye - so it's an important decision to make medically as well as financially.
Sadly, despite our extensive research, it seems like no amount of surgery can give us Superman-style powers of blasting out dangerously cool laser beams from our eyes. Which is a bit of a shame, really.
We asked our very own advertising guru Luke Jones, who recently underwent laser eye surgery, all about his experiences and whether it was worthwhile...
What made you want to have laser eye surgery?
Working by day and partying by night is dangerous – forgetting my glasses at girls’ houses, sleeping in contact lenses, or being too hungover put the contacts in all equal bad times. Plus, at a festival, having to keep them clean isn't the easiest thing. Oh – and glasses and sport don't mix.
Were you nervous before?
Do you know what? I wasn't. I have to give the staff at Optical Express, where I had the procedure, all the credit for that. All the staff, from the consultants to the surgeons, were very good at explaining everything and putting me at ease. I read though all the literature and understood the risks. Although there weren’t really any risks for my particular operation – the technology is very advanced now.
What was the whole procedure like? Was there any pain before or after?
Surprisingly really quick and easy - the surgery only took 30 seconds in each eye, and I was only in the surgery for a total 90 minutes – I was all done once they’d finished double checking all the tests and I’d done some paperwork. Amazingly, there wasn’t any pain – during the operation, all I felt was pressure on my eye and nothing else. Afterwards, once the anaesthetic had warn off, my eyes were a little sensitive to light but not in a painful way. It was just like when you wake up in the morning and look out the window.
What was 'the long sleep' like?
Brilliant – partly because work and partying had been catching up on me, and I needed a rest! My eyes naturally felt tired. I got home around 6:30pm was in bed by 8:30pm and didn't wake up until 9am the next day. Waking up and opening my eyes was a very strange feeling - I could see! I had a 24hr check up that day and my eyes were already better than 20/20 - I had 20/16 vision!
Did you get any banter at work after the surgery, about bloodshot eyes or wearing sunglasses indoors?
Plenty. Wearing sunglasses indoors pretty quickly got people talking – I needed a t-shirt saying, 'I had laser eye surgery on Friday!' I also went to a meeting at McDonalds HQ and presented to them without initially telling them why I was wearing sunglasses. I remembered after about a minute and told them. Their faces were relieved that I wasn't just being pretentious!
If you're interested in finding out more, why not check out Optical Express?