When I decided to opt for laser eye surgery three years ago, I knew I needed to research it well before choosing my clinic. There are hundreds of laser eye surgery clinics all over the country boasting a wide range of prices, and it’s best to know how much to spend to get what service.
I’ve always wanted laser eye surgery. Ever since I realised I couldn’t wear contacts (they irritated my eyes) I’ve had to wear glasses. No matter what style I go for – smart square ones, Harry Potter-style round ones or vintage ‘50s diamantes complete with little plastic wings (think Grease) – they’ve never suited me. They clash with my face shape, making me look boxy and highlighting my rather large nose. So after years of hating glasses but not being able to afford surgery, my bonus at work meant that I could finally get the treatment I’d so desperately longed for!
After a painless and relatively comfortable treatment in a middling priced surgery (I paid around £1500 for each eye) I was told to spend a night in a hotel wearing a mask. When I did accidentally peek at the light, my eyes stung! But after a night, I found that my eyes were more accustomed to the light, and more importantly, worked perfectly! I ran straight home and spent the whole day reading labels, magazines and TV text from varying distances, getting used to the concept of not having to wear glasses ever again!
However, this happiness didn’t last very long. Pretty soon my eyes began itching, suffering from dryness and sensitivity. A visit to my doctor confirmed that I had corneal ectasia, a building up of fluid behind the front lens in the eye due to the thinning of the cornea. I’m not usually squeamish but this news really did turn my stomach. My eyes risked serious damage, and I had to quickly schedule another surgery in order to undo the terrible work my original clinic had done.
The cost of this surgery didn’t come cheap. I had to fork out for it immediately, meaning my funds took a serious hit and I had to get a loan from my mother. So as soon as I recovered (and I did, thank goodness) I got in touch with a local lawyer and inquired about no win no fee medical negligence claims. Their ‘no win no fee’ policy meant I could afford to at least try and get some compensation for my botched surgery. After a speedy trial, my case won, meaning I could repay my mother and even fund taking some time off work to enjoy my new eyes!
So before you opt for laser eye surgery, make sure you do your research – make sure the person performing your surgery has a specialist qualification, not just a few days training! Get some quotes from people who have already had the surgery. Many may advocate it but there are some that wouldn’t, and it’s worth hearing why. Finally, make sure you know your legal standpoint on the matter. Claiming compensation for clinical negligence saved my eyesight, and my money situation!