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Refractive Lens Exchange + lasek top up 06 Feb 2014 12:04 #321

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I know the feeling well x

Explant surgery 05 Feb 2014 13:09 #322

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If anyone has undergone RLE Explant at Optical Express I would be most interested in hearing the outcome of your operation.

I am due to have this procedure done by Optical Express, but as their previous operations on my eyes have failed I am extremely cautious about committing to this, so any info regarding OE's success rate of Explant surgery would be very helpful.

I have spoken to an independent surgeon (not OE) who has apparently performed hundreds of RLE ops and has only had to do an Explant ONCE.

(This indicates a highly satisfactory success rate and should be very encouraging to anyone needing surgery.)

It would therefore follow that the more Explants an Optical Express surgeon does suggests a higher percentage of failures in the original surgery.

I only wish that I had been as cautious as I am now BEFORE visiting OE!

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) 25 Jan 2014 19:39 #323

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I was chatting to someone today who had RLE in Ireland and they asked me how much I paid for my procedure. I paid €3500. They had the same lenses and paid just under €2900, plus €5000 med ins, total €7900. This was just 3 months before I had my surgery!
Me thinks something stinks here :oops:

admin: Recent information alleges that OE optoms receive 1.5% commission of the price paid by the patient with 0.5% going to the sales 'counsellor', explaining why these two work in tandem pushing to get the highest amount of money as possible from the patient.

I will be providing more details on this soon.

Refractive Lens Exchange + lasek top up 23 Jan 2014 21:49 #324

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Had RLE in January last year and lasek top up in my dominant left eye which gave me nothing but more stress. Suffering blurred vision + dry eye and very limited as to what I can do.
Fed up with being fobbed off with being told that my brain needs to adjust. Another delaying tactic by Optical Express

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) 21 Jan 2014 19:58 #325

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Today I picked up the creams and drops needed to manage my dry eyes after RLE surgery €108 pr month. It would be cheaper to get glasses :woohoo:

Laser & RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) 20 Jan 2014 17:46 #326

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Thanks for this pandora. :) Very interesting. I wish I'd done more research before having surgery. B)

URGENT REQUEST re RLE problems 20 Jan 2014 15:25 #327

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My wife has had RLE surgery performed by Mr Oberholster last year and after complaining repeatedly about the headaches, halos ,bright lights and of not being able to see properly she has been told that she needs to have an Explant and OE have made arrangements for the surgery to be performed by Professor Venter in London.

We were quite concerned about having this done by OE as with both the previous operations having failed we didn't feel safe going with them again. We have declined their offer and have made arrangements to have an independent second opinion with a consultant this week.

We will be watching your case with interest because we have been told that an Explant can cost in the region of £11,000 and we would obviously expect OE to fund this as well as any after care needed.

(I have forwarded our contact details to My Beautiful Eyes)

Laser & RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) 18 Jan 2014 13:17 #328

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Kay wrote: I suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Dry Eyes.

Post op problems discussed here:
www.healthcentral.com/rheumatoid-arthrit...59298/laser-surgery/

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) 16 Jan 2014 18:56 #329

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Today I went to see an optometrist to check the damage to my eyes and if they are likely to get worse.

I have been told that I must use drops every half an hour, gel at night, don't use heater blower in car, don't have car window open, keep water on - or near - radiators, computer, or anything that gives off heat, and drink an extra litre of water a day!

But what really p*ssed me off was that she told me how lucky I am that it wasn't any worse and to make the best of a bad situation! Yes, she really said that!!

Off to start legal proceedings next week... at least she did say that floaters are a common side affect of lens replacement, in fact she told me it was to be expected with that sort of surgery as the human lens is larger than the implants, which means the jelly in them shrinks, thus floaters.

Before my op I only wore glasses for reading. :dry:

RLE and a LASIK top up with RA 15 Jan 2014 19:29 #330

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Hi all.

I suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Dry Eyes.

Last year I approached Optical Express about laser treatment and was told because of my health problems I was unsuitable, but was suitable for RLE.

After further tests I was told it was ok to proceed and the only side effects would be dry eyes, which I had already, but I had to provide a letter from my consultant stating my RA was stable.

In July I had RLE performed by Mr Alex George in Bristol, my right eye first because it was the dominant one. As I live in Wales I stayed overnight in a hotel along with a few other people who'd also had the procedure done the same day.

The following morning we were comparing eyes and mine was very bloodshot. But at my check up I was told it was fine, that it was just where the anaesthetic had been injected and would fade.

The following week I went back for a check up on my right eye before having my left eye done. I was told right eye was fine and the bruising would fade.

While waiting my turn Alex George walked through and casually said as he passed, "I've just seen your notes. Don't worry I can sort it with a shot of laser". With pre surgery nerves I didn't think much about it.

The following day when I went for the first post op check up I asked what Mr George had meant and was told everything was fine, everyone heals differently, but laser wouldn't be decided for three months.

A few days later I was in agony and went to Cardiff where they told me it was a reaction to the preservatives in the drops they'd given me! They changed them to preservative free and also gave me drops for dryness.

After three months of regular check ups it was decided in October that I needed a laser 'enhancement'. I said I was worried about having LASIK as a top up having previously been told I was unsuitable for laser. They told me it was ok because the treatment wasn't as strong and didn't take as much time as a first procedure would have done. So I reluctantly had it done at Cardiff on the 7th January.

They offered me drops which I asked if were preservative free because of my previous problems which they didn't seem to know anything about! They changed them, but only gave me enough for five days which meant another forty mile round trip to collect more!

One week later my eye sight is worse since having the treatment! At my first post op check up today they said it was because of dryness, changed the drops and told me that by my next appointment in three weeks time there should be an improvement, but "don't worry we'll sort it"

But I have heard a whisper that Optical Express may go under soon so worry where will that leave me? :blink: