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Well after a few years of talking about it I've finally done it. I have an appointment at the World Eye Centre hospital in Antalya in a couple of weeks to have my eyes lasered. If all goes according to plan I will be spectacle free after about fifty years having to wear the bloody things.

Am I nervous? Yes a bit.

Am I excited about the prospect of not wearing glasses? You bet your sweet bippy!

Will I back out? Absolutely not.

Why am I doing it? Because I can and I hate the nuisance of glasses.

I have astigmatism and in the early days of laser treatment it wasn't possible to correct that. Now that the technology has advanced a lot further astigmatism is just one of a lot of other problems that can be corrected.

This is just the start of hopefully a long and informative article about the eye hospital, the treatment and my experience. I will ask if I can take photographs too but I don't know if they will allow that yet, we'll see.

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I had mine done six years ago in the UK, I too had to wait a long time for the technology to get good enough to deal with my astigmatism and really bad prescription. It is one of the best things I ever had done - that and getting my teeth crowned :-) I was doing a lot of diving at the time as we were living in the gulf of mexico and to dive and see the colours and the fish was amazing, but it was just as amazing to wake up in the morning and be able to read the time on the bedside clock! I wasn't nervous about the procedure when I had it done but it helped that the surgeon told me that the stiller I could keep my eye and concentrate into the laser the better the result would be and me, being control freak, found that really helpful. I recovered pretty quickly and I have only minor flaring of lights at night which is a really good result and my vision is still perfect even though I'm 43 now and I expect to need reading glasses in a few years.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who meets the criteria and has the necessary thickness in their lense, it is a totally freeing thing if you have been wearing thick and horrible and heavy glasses since childhood.

Karyn

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oh Cukur how wonderful for you.... yes you must be really excited but at the same time slightly nervous, anyone would be..... but the outcome .... it never ceases to amaze me what can be done yr after yr regards medical treatments..

Just think in a couple weeks you will open your eyes and be able to see everything clearly without having to reach for your glasses.... technology ehSadly for a few yrs now my eyes have deteriorated for reading.... its such a pain having to reach for my glasses before I can read the instructions on the pkt....

Just out of curiosty... does the Hospital at Antalya do plastic Surgery.... I'm thinking of a possible boob lift and tummy tuck........ Why will I possibly do it.... because I can

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Debbie you'll understand why I didn't think of asking about the boob lift :) Abi is right, click on Karyn's name and go to her profile, she has a website address there that has all the details. She'll probably be able to find somewhere that's nearer to you too.

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Cant imagine why you didn't inquire about boob jobs cukur. :) .... I'll send Karyn a pm as her link is about cosmetic dentistry.........something else I would like to have done....

Thanks guys....

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Hi DebbieI'm more than happy to advise you on the cosmetic surgery side of things but I'm not taking surgical referrals at the moment, I'm sticking to the cosmetic dentistry and the orthopaedic surgery at the moment as I find it more useful for people/does more good. The cosmetic surgery was making me feeling uncomfortable as lots of people wanted very serious surgery that often wasn't appropriate for them and their only issue was price and I couldn't be part of that - ethical old bag me!

If you send me a message we can talk about fun stuff like under or over muscle, different types of implant and all things tummy tucky. I can at least point you in the right direction and give you some advice :-)Karyn

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intersting thread here....i was prescribed glasses for the first time after i had chemo as for some weird reason my eyesight changed....i wore them for about 6-7 yrs on off (driving/reading/tv) then slowly forgot and now i dont wear them at all (dont drive much though and night time would be a different matter)im not sure if its that i dont need them or i dont notice i need them...weird anyway as i dont get headaches anymore and i did before...also maybe a result of a bad eye check?? i had new lenses/eye check about 5 yrs ago and they were nothing like the old ones...possible...but i found them too strong and never wear them (unless maybe driving)...whats my point..my sister babbled on about training your eye and doing exercises (moving finger towards/away from you...bla bla) anyway id much prefer to go get a check soon for good measure and one day if needs be have surgery too....all seems to be a fast developing area and thats a good thing yes do tell us how it all goes...all curious..more so for hub who recently had eyes tested since having bad headaches n trouble reading screen/seeing when driving long distance etc...he got a really swanky pair of specs pretty much free though his work insurance and they are super...i find some men look better than women in glasses...either was i can still understand why they are a pain to wear!!good luck :)

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Well I went to Antalya and had the job done on Tuesday, drove myself back home on Wednesday! I had hoped to be able to take some photographs but the whole thing is so intensive and there are a lot of people about that it was obvious that a camera was just going to get in the way. Sorry about that folks.

With a couple of exceptions my experience was exactly the same as skunk's in this topic so I don't propose to go through the whole thing again. I was pleased to have read skunk's topic before I went but it wasn't really a necessity, in the DunyaGoz Hastanesi (World Eye Centres) in Antalya everything was explained carefully and in detail beforehand. Then I was talked through the operation by the doctor as it was happening. All the staff are very helpful and it is a very professional organisation. I was impressed that they could work on many patients but the main reason for that is a proper use of specialists time. The doctors do the bits that requires a doctor. All the other staff are trained to do their bit and it all dovetails together beautifully to maximise their time. At no time did I feel I was on a conveyor belt but it was obvious that my day was planned from the start. I was assigned an English speaking assistant, Veronica, actually she is Russian and speaks a number of languages. She took care of me the whole time I was there, even to the extent of arranging meals for me. I stayed in the hospital overnight, and had a check up the next morning.

The sequence of events was:Tuesday08.30 Arrive and book in at reception.09.00 Initial tests and consultation, discussion of options and explanation of treatment.

LunchPayment of fees (in currency of choice - Euro or Lira)17.00 Surgery. Insertion of protective contact lenses.18.00 Back to my room and relaxing.

Wednesday08.45 Surgeon's check and removal of contact lenses.

Final Paperwork.

Drive back to KasThe cost of the procedure was a little over two thousand lira for both eyes, the room in the hospital was fifty Euro including all meals.

I would say that having the room in the hospital was a very good idea. I had been going to find a hotel but in the event I found it far easier and more convenient to stay in the hospital. I just didn't feel like wandering around outside after the surgery, I just wanted to lie down in a darkened room. The only painful thing during the surgery is when the speculum is inserted to hold your eyelids open, and even then it's only a mild discomfort really. My eyes started stinging and watering about half an hour after the surgery but lying down with them closed relieved that.

The following morning I could tell that I was going to see better but it's not until the contact lenses are removed that you get the full appreciation of how good will be. I had no problem driving home. Sunglasses are essential but in the strong sunlight of Turkey they are an essential part of everyday life anyway, if only to delay the onset of cataracts (smoking is also a major cause of cataracts apparently). The strangest thing was how far back I could see when looking in the wing mirror on my car. I could see following cars miles away on the long straight bits of the road, never seen that before.

All in all I have had far more traumatic times in a dentist's chair, if you think it might be a good idea for you go and do it. You will find out exactly which type of treatment is best for you, there are three or four different lasers types. If you are not a suitable candidate they will say so.

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Great to hear that everything went well and the results are good. :hysterical[1]:

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despite being a fav of mine (cheesy i know)..deffo not the best choice as i think we all see that this eye surgery is open to many....''For Your Eyes Only'' (Sheena Easton)but im a james bond fan so its the 1st that came to mind... :P

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HiCongrats on the new eyes :-) Having a room in the hospital overnight is a great idea. When I had my eyes done in Manchester I was staying in a hotel down the road and groping my way alone a Manchester street was the least fun bit of the day!

Glad it all went well for you, you do need to be pretty brave as eyes make a lot of people squeamish, but the benefits to the surgery are fantastic.

Karyn

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