eye surgery in qld

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I remember a post from a while back by some satisfied customers of laser surgery, but can't find it. I am considering getting it done in June when I visit family in Brisbane / Gold coast.

Any words of wisdom and experience would be most appreciated.

Thanks Andrew
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Reply By: Member No 1- Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 16:25

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 16:25
it is supposed to be good...does not suit every one though
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 16:54

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 16:54
Have not had the laser surgery but the specialist I go to is Dr. R. John Kearney of 94 Nerang Street Southport ( close to the Gold Coast Hospital) Ph 07 55 329 099.

He enjoys an excellent reputation, and is very professional in his manner .

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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 17:09

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 17:09
Hi Andrew,

My wife had hers done by Dr Peter Heiner at the Laservision centre at Southport on the Gold Coast and she thinks it is brilliant.

She had worn glasses for several years on a full time basis and now she no longer needs them at all.

The procedure is not for evereyone and one of your first visits is a full examination to see whether you are suitable for laser surgery. The other thing you need to know is that they can do a lot more procedures other than laser and get brilliant results.

Dr Heiner himself is a great bloke and answers all of your questions in simple english.

We were really impressed.
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Reply By: David from Engine Saver Low Water Alarms - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 17:14

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 17:14
I had both my eyes done 6 years ago.
I was long-sighted, had astigmatism in both eyes and needed pretty strong multifocals.
My long distance vision is still good from the surgery, and I can buy reading glasses from overflow or the chemist for a few dollars and not have to spend $500 a pair from the optician.
If you are a suitable candidate, go for it as it can greatly improve your quality of life.

I had mine done in townsville and was driving the next day.
It does take a while for them to settle down though.

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Reply By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 17:33

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 17:33
If you are a candidate- (and budget allows for it) go for it. YOU WONT REGRET IT!.

I had mine done in august of last year and have not looked back since (LOL) I had a bad astigmatism and short site in one eye, long site in the other- and it worked wonders. Took a while for my eyes to settle down but its fine now. Driving at night can be issue for some, especially headlights and street lights. You tend to get a 'halo haze' around the light and quite sensitive to it. Its gotten better but still not one hundred percent. Most of my night time difficulty comes from trying to read the reflective street signs now- missed a few turns because of it. If you work in aircon, the cool air will dry them out for a while, but this easily remedied by eyedrops

Your quality of life will dramatically improve from the second day- I brought my first pair of sunnies in 24 years and it was great!!!

However be prepared for the emotional rollercoaster associated with the initial change. I cant comment on anyone else but it was a HUGE change for me and something I found hard to deal with at first. Because I had always worn glasses since day dot, it would be likened to losing an arm. it took me a ehile to adjust, but i got there in the end. Habbits like pushing glasses back up my nose when it was hot still occurs occassionally- even though they are not there. One very important thing to remember if you have it done- very easy to poke yourself in the eye!!!LOL

Hope it all goes well and good luck
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Reply By: techie - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 19:30

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 19:30
The only downside I heard was from a technician who repaired the machine.
His words of wisdom is that the surgery can only be done once.
The lens is only so thick and the laser burns a layer of the lens away.
He said the surgery over corrects the flaw so the image improves for the first few years before the sight starts to degrade again.
He said after 10 to 15 yrs the eyes will need glasses again.
I did hear there was a procedure where implants were inserted around the lens to improve the focus ability - was mentioned on TT or ACA (I think )
I dropped solder in my eye so laser surgery will improve the depression made by the solder.
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Follow Up By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 20:01

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 20:01
thats interesting, I supose it would be true if they took it down to its limits, however if there was still enough of the lens left they could do it again.

A friend of mine had to go bnack a second time to get his eye recorrected as the first didnt have the desired effect.
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Reply By: lifeisgood - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 21:21

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 21:21
Its great to get advice like above so you can be aware of some consequences.
I had both eyes done 10 years ago and techniques have improved since then.
Needed 2 operations in each eye. They measure the thickness available beforehand. you should not get it done if you are are needing to change prescriptions regularily (for glasses or contacts). but ok if eyes have been stable for some years.
Being was shortsighted and glasses were a pain at the beach and in rain.
One one ended being reasonable but not up to claims. The other was never close to spec and damaged. Have permanent cloudy effect (warned it could happen to 5% of persons)
So night vision was down. Glare was bad (always need sunnies) Stars/ moon are not sharp now (even with glasses)I miss that!
So back to glasses most of the time though much thinner lens. At 50+ most people will need glasses to read with anyway I believe they are starting to fix this also now.
I still have one reasonable eye (should have got my money back on the other)
It seems most people are happy and I understand the US army does it for many recruits so glasses/ contacts are not required in the field.
Good luck odds on you will be very pleased with current technology.
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Reply By: govo - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 22:40

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 22:40
Had both eyes done at Moorchydore last year...cost me about $4300 and after wearing glasses for 20 yrs l am kicking myself for not getting it done earlier.lt is a treatment that lasts forever and only a small number of patients have returned for a touch up...What i have to be carefull about is useing power tools...always forgeting to put on the saftey glasses.

bombsquad..all i can say mate is...go for it and you won't regret it.

Thing i love most that( a lot of poeple take for granted )is that now i can wear cool sunnies instead of those daggy prescription ones...: )
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Reply By: Member - Bouncer (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 00:56

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 00:56
My Better half had hers done about 3 days ago here in WA and she is doing backflips of joy. She has a perminent smile on her dial and wish's she had done it earlier.

She was longsighted in one eye and the other eye was lazy and practicly useless, both eyes were no good without glasses. She says that it is just amazing that she can read without glasses and she teases me cause sometimes she can see things before I do and I have 20/20 in both eyes.

The longsighted eye now has 20/20 and the lazy one is what they call driving vision, she says she would recommend it to any one that is able to get it done.

I am amazed at how fast the recovery is as the next day she only had a bit of scratchyness and a bit of blurring.

P.S. she still reaches for her glasses and goes to adjust them and I get mine back cause I tease her about that.
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Reply By: bombsquad - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 12:07

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 12:07
Thank you all for your responses - I will be contacting the mob in the Gold Coast asap.
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