4 Up close & personal accounts of Laser Eye Surgery
When thinking about having Laser Eye Surgery, it can seem like you’re the only person in the world who know’s what you’re going through: the arduous task of choosing a clinic; ongoing hesitations over the cost; endless questions about the procedure. And with this being just the tip of the iceberg, it’s easy to feel like all the hassle isn’t really worth it.
That is until you remember, you’re not alone. Around the world, millions of people have been through the process — and are going through it every day. Only to come out the other end wondering why they worried so much and why they didn’t do it sooner.
Here we’re going to look at four such accounts from names you may recognise. Each of them underwent Laser Eye Surgery at the London Vision Clinic and recorded their experiences in fine detail. If you’re ever in doubt, the following stories will show the whole thing is a lot easier than you think. And that although it may be a little scary and pricey, with nothing short of life-changing results, it’ll be up there with the most worthwhile things you’ll ever do.
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Sky Diver Jacob
As a frequent skydiver, Jacob was the perfect candidate for ReLEx SMILE surgery. Not only did the revolutionary treatment mean he could be hurtling through the air in just a matter of days, but that he would be doing so with ultra 4k high-definition vision.
Being an adrenaline junkie comes with the same practicalities of day-to-day life, just on a more extreme level. You have to be prepared, and if you fail to be, well, it could cost you, to say the least. Having RelEx Laser Eye Surgery meant a speedy recovery and high-quality vision, but for Jakob, it also crucially meant he could get rid of his contact lenses. No more flying with dry eyes or in constant worry of losing a lens. Or, as he points out, faffing around in the bathroom when the apocalypse comes.
Self-declared slave to fashion, Sophie Milner, also had ReLEx SMILE surgery, but this time for very different reasons.
As a fashion and beauty blogger with a hectic schedule and strict gym regime, the main reason Sophie opted for SMILE was that it could fit into her routine with little fuss or disruption. That meant minimum time without makeup, showering, using her phone, drinking alcohol, or working out. The other reason was, as a rising style icon, to enable her to diversify her look and be able to choose when and with what she wears glasses with.
For many people, Laser Eye Surgery is one of those things you say you’re going to have but never actually get around to it. The combination of misinformation around the procedure and its cost being the most common reasons it fails to become a reality and remains a dream.
But these weren’t going to stop Fleur. The beauty and health blogger had long considered having Laser Eye Surgery, even making it a New Year’s resolution several years ago. Upon saving up enough money and finding a clinic with a solid reputation, she finally took the plunge. And after just a few minutes per eye, Laser Eye Surgery relieved her of decades of poor vision. A few weeks later, she said she couldn’t be happier to be able to see naturally.
When George Chesterton, Managing Editor at GQ UK, chose to have Laser Eye Surgery, he was to experience hair nets, teddy bears, and a clinic that to him looked like some utopian condo straight out of a science-fiction novel.
But the craziest thing of all was not the props and the setting, but what was to happen to him. After more than 30 years of relying on glasses and contacts, George was starting to experience the characteristic deteriorating vision of presbyopia. Enough was enough; sick of the endless drawbacks of vision correction equipment, he decided to have Laser Blended Vision. Not being one to beat around the bush, George immediately regretted he hadn’t done it sooner.