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Laser eye surgery recommendations?

By sulikm - 14 January 2010 32

I am considering having laser eye surgery this year, but I’m not sure where to go. Has anyone had their eyes done recently at either of the below providers? Any recommendations?


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Laser eye surgery recommendations?
s-s-a 10:12 pm 14 Jan 10

Glasses are terrible. It’s like being in a wheelchair.

That was a joke right? Either that or you need to get a healthy dose of reality and spend at least a week in a wheelchair (with use of your arms) or a weekend in a motorised one with your arms gaff-taped to the armrests.

I defy you to find a wheelchair user who wouldn’t swap you for strong prescription glasses.

Mimiboo 7:32 pm 14 Jan 10

Dazzlar said :

Isn’t Sydney a cheaper option even with accommodation costs added in?

True – I paid just under $2k to get my eyes done in Sydney (that was back in 2007).

Mordd 6:09 pm 14 Jan 10

Personally i’ve been waiting for the technology to mature for the past 10 years and im still not completely comfortable with the rate of people who revert back after 5 or so years after having the treatment. I’m hoping by closer to 2015 the technology will have improved further again before I am personally willing to risk it for the cost.

Lilli 6:05 pm 14 Jan 10

I underwent the Advanced Surface Laser (ASL) procedure in August 2008 at Sebban Eye Centre in Brookvale, Sydney –

At the time, I paid a total of $988 per eye plus an aftercare pack (I think it was around $30) as well as accommodation costs of approx. $700 (I stayed at the Sebel in Manly – they do advise it is important to stay near by in case of complications). It is really important to research different procedures as they can result in different healing times etc. The ASL procedure is different to common LASIK/LASEK (which involves the cutting of a flap of cornea, correcting underneath and then replacing the flap) in that there is no flap created. The surface of the eye is removed (you don’t actually feel this), the correction is performed, and then a hard contact lens is inserted in the eye until the cornea re-grows (usually 48-72hrs). I’ve been told the lack of flap in this surgery can be an advantage as there is no risk of ‘bubbles’ under the flap during healing.

There is some pain involved in this procedure and you are provided a script for some pretty heavy painkillers and lots of eye drops. I believe I ended up staying in Sydney for 4 nights as one of my corneas took a little longer to fully stitch together. The painkillers are needed, as well as a sympathetic carer (to administer eye drops, pain relief, hugs etc.)

I would highly recommend Dr Sebban and his team. My brother has also had the same procedure and both of us are really happy with the results. If you have any further questions I am happy to answer 🙂

A Noisy Noise Annoys 6:01 pm 14 Jan 10

Joe Canberran said :

And HOT! don’t forget glasses can make you look dead sexy!

Glasses are terrible. It’s like being in a wheelchair.

Joe Canberran 4:30 pm 14 Jan 10

And HOT! don’t forget glasses can make you look dead sexy!

milsey2010 4:21 pm 14 Jan 10

Why???? glasses make you look smarter according to research done by Melbourne Uni.

lobster 2:53 pm 14 Jan 10

For the people who have had it done : What was the overall cost in the end? (If it isn’t too personal a question)

prhhcd 2:05 pm 14 Jan 10

Iain Dunlop at Canberra Eye Hospital. Does a great job.

weaponx 2:04 pm 14 Jan 10


Dazzlar 1:52 pm 14 Jan 10

Isn’t Sydney a cheaper option even with accommodation costs added in?

motleychick 1:42 pm 14 Jan 10

Glad you put up this post as I am also interested in recommendations of good places. I have been considering having laser eye surgery for quite some time now. Am just a bit scared about the risks as it is my eyesight I’m dealing with. I look forward to reading other comments. I have heard good things about the Canberra Eye Hospital though.

steveu 1:26 pm 14 Jan 10

I had my eyes done in 2005 by Ian Dunlop and havent looked back. Mind you, I did my homework first, weighed up the risks vs benefits etc. I got a independant opinion from an optometrist as well, who said to me I was ‘the perfect candidate’ etc. Turns out he was correct. Life changing event to someone who had -6.75 to better than 20/20 vision. I first looked into it early on in the piece in 1997, and waited until 2005 until I was confident the technology had improved, and the surgeon had more practice (which is a big thing).

I was a bit stressed waiting for it to be done, however by the time the first eye had been done I found the process quite interesting and wasnt phased at all.
I walked out of there wondering why I was stressed out at all. (think about this phrase a bit if you get worried or stressed).

I didnt go to work for 5 days afterward, stayed indoors, did all the things they told me to do and thensome.

Its a personal choice, though for me it was a great one.

Good luck with your homework and eventual decision.


harley 1:05 pm 14 Jan 10

I had mine done at Vista 2 and a half years ago.

Dr Rick Wolfe was a nice bloke, but I thought it would have been better to have more consultation time with him, rather than the optomotrists. With the name and the image he looks like he belongs on daytime soaps, but he really did make me comfortable.

The surgery and post surgery support was faultless. I did have to go in for a second go, but that is not unusual for where I started from.

I have no regrets with the procedure or choosing Rick.

Mr Waffle 1:01 pm 14 Jan 10

A coworker got it done at the Canberra Eye Hospital mid last year, no problems that I’ve heard.

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