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Jim Leighton

Former Scottish Goalkeeper & Aberdeen Coach

  • Date: 28 Jun 12
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Location: Union Street, Aberdeen
After wearing glasses and contact lenses for over 35 years, I decided it was time for a change. I’d wanted laser eye surgery for years, ever since I started playing football but was always too scared to go for it.

Even at my first consultation I was still unsure as to whether I would go through with it but the staff at the Optical Express clinic in Aberdeen were fantastic and answered all my questions easing any doubts I had.

I am delighted I have had the surgery and would 100% recommend it to anybody who is thinking about having it done. I only felt some slight discomfort during the treatment and the surgery itself lasted only 10 minutes.

The results were instant and two hours later and I was back home watching golf on TV. At my aftercare appointment the following day, I passed my eye test with flying colours which allowed me to drive home!

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Gary Marshall

Presenter, Radio Clyde

  • Date: 16 Feb 10
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. David Teenan
  • Location: Silverburn Shopping Centre, Glasgow
A lot of my colleagues thought “You’re nuts! You can’t get laser eye surgery done then come into work!” Well, you can! Half past eight I went in and it only took all in about an hour. The actual procedure itself was really, really quick. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being really bad and 1 being not bad at all, it was about a 1 or 2. Honestly not much discomfort whatsoever. Couple of minutes per eye and you’re done!

I’ve got to say everybody concerned was very professional, really nice and completely reassuring. If you’re thinking of having eye surgery done, I thought it was absolutely fab.

Before, if I took my glasses off and tried to look at the Optometrist’s chart up on the wall, I’d say “What wall? What chart? What’s going on?” This time around I got to the very small letters and can I read them? Yes! With both eyes! I’ve now got 20/20 vision, how about that?”

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Brett Sturgess

Professional Rugby Player, Exeter Chiefs

  • Date: 16 May 06
  • Procedure: LASEK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront
  • Location: Silbury Arcade, Milton Keynes
Only a day after surgery and my sight is incredible.

Hopefully my enhanced vision will give me that extra edge on the rugby field and the ability to see one or two more openings in the game. Plus, I won’t need to worry about losing a contact lens in the scrum!

Investing in my eyes has helped me see my future more clearly; I can see my next try already!

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Tim Healy

Actor, Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Coronation Street

  • Date: 01 May 06
  • Procedure: LASIK
  • Location: Metro Cameron Walk, Newcastle
Woke up this morning a new man.

Thanks so much!

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Dave O’Donnell

MMA promoter

  • Date: 31 Aug 07
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Location: Shaftesbury Avenue, London
It couldn’t be clearer – Optical Express is just knock out.

I can’t believe how quick and easy the procedure is. You need a clear head and clear vision to compete at the top level and now I have got both.

There’s only one problem – now when I look in the mirror I realise that I need a face lift too!

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Darryl Broadfoot

Head of Communications, Scottish FA

  • Date: 08 Jan 07
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. David Teenan
  • Location: Glasgow ACE, Glasgow
This the first article I have written with 20/20 vision. Which explains rather a lot about my earlier contributions.

After years of curiosity, months of indecision and, irresistibly, the promise of free treatment, I went under the knife – or rather the laser – in the name of investigative journalism.

Optical Express has looked after my teeth for long enough so, given its name, eyes should present no problem. I was in safe, steady hands: David Teenan, a surgeon who fixes facial bulbs as nonchalantly as a car mechanic fixes tyres, told me he was prohibited from drinking coffee during working hours. Shame his bosses weren’t so strict on him bringing Sting’s Greatest Hits to work.

Laser eye surgery is merely the latest manifestation of a premature, oddly eco-friendly mid-life crisis, following the downgrade from carbon-crazy sporty roadster to diesel-efficient family car (minus the family). Prior to last week, my vision had gradually deteriorated for more than a decade, partly as a result of some genetic deficiency shared by billions worldwide and partly because of the flickering screen on my Atex Crash-and-Freeze Classic (MK I) that IT promised to replace eight years ago.

Failing eyesight is an occupational hazard for a journalist. At least, that’s my excuse. I have suffered shortsightedness for as long as I can remember, which is not that long.

I first encountered the milky hopelessness during a standard grade double maths period. Differentiation? I could not differentiate between Mr Cavanagh’s seemingly psychotic array of xs and ys, far less mould them into a formulaic masterpiece.

Trouble was, he also coached the school fitba’ team and regularly took retribution when it came to selecting the starting line-up. Which brings me to this critical question.

I never confessed to waning eyesight until I was released by Queens Parks age 16 ¾: might this have cost me along and lucrative career? If only I had a talent implant to go with the laser surgery. Having emboldened myself for surgery, it was a surprise to discover the number of friends and colleagues ready to belittle my anxiety.

“Ach, I had it done months ago,” they chimed, with an irritating boastfulness only I could detect. “It’s easy. The best thing you’ll ever do.”

Now, there are many outstanding ambitions in life, but having my corneal flap removed and my poor, underdeveloped eyes stung by a computer-driven contraption does not rank in the top 10 of “things to do before I die”. But of course, they were right.

The Australian accent is oddly soothing when you are being told, graphically, what Dr Teenan is going to inflict on your baby browns. So impressive a procedure is laser eye surgery, I even had my own counsellor, Louise. She was sympathetic to my every question, even the involuntary and deadly serious one: “How long after surgery can I start wearing my contacts again?” When fumbling blindly for your prescription Guess goggles becomes part of the morning ritual, old habits die hard. She had the last laugh by predicting I will need reading glasses at 40.

Jill, my laser optometrist, decided on my behalf which procedure was most suitable, a relief since there are more permutations than a Jimmy Calderwood tactics board. For starters, LASIK/LASEK treatments may sound the same but there is a whole visual world of difference: while the former treats the inner corneal layers, the latter is surface-based.

IntraLase removes the need for a hammer and chisel around the corneal flap, while Wavefront technology makes you see through cast-iron vaults and around corners.

Since I wasn’t picking up the tab, we went for the BluRay of eye ops: LASIK with Wavefront IntraLase. Pity those poor Betamax customers, I thought, aloofly.

The pain was like nothing I had experienced before.

Sorry just a joke for those of you still undecided. The operating theatre was strangely therapeutic. Well at least compared with the waiting room, where the only other patient happened to be a former companion who would doubtless have berated me for my unchivalrous past behaviour had she not been: a) preoccupied with imminent surgery; b) wearing Ugly Betty’s specs; c) celebrating her birthday or; d) being comforted by her mother. Phew.

In truth, the operation was not as harrowing as I had expected – that is, during the sleepless night before, reminiscent of the drill-to-eye-socket scene in Hostel.

I was in good company, too. A host of celebrities have undergone, and since endorsed, laser eye surgery – among them Tiger Woods, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Simpson and, wait for it, Cheryl Baker. Apparently she had no problem making her mind up. A six side team took turns to comfort and soothe – one surgeon, two laser technicians, one laser manager, one laser nurse and a patient carer.

One of them even turned down Message in a Bottle on request and confirmed that, had I arrived 24 hours earlier, I could have had my vision restored to the delights of Folsom Prison Blues. The discomfort of the eye clamps aside, the operation was no more than occasionally uncomfortable.

Bluntly, I have been more traumatised upstairs in the dental clinic by Hans’s anaesthetic syringe and ropey Austrian humor. The discomfort lasted about five minutes per eye (or Spirits in the Material World followed by Synchronicity I) before being escorted out with a bag full of eye drops to a waiting car of petrified parents.

Recovery time varies but immediate rest is demanded by mothers and surgeons alike. I slept in my parents bed for the first time since I was elected Man of the House when my father was on nightshift. I was 24.

My dad, bless him was a constant source of reassurance before the op: “Make sure you get one of those white sticks – and do they supply a free guide dog?”

This from a man who reads the Herald (or more commonly Nuts magazine) from the same distance Phil Taylor throws a dart.

The real pain is the price, but even then, popularity has risen in correlation with affordability. The basic procedure costs £395 per eye, while the blue ray equivalent will set you back around £1000 per eye.

Vision is restored gradually but impressively. In fact the morning after, I could see my mum throw my good white linen shirt in with the colour bundle from two rooms away, and watch my dad slaver over page 3’s news in briefs. Clearly.

The Herald – 3rd September 2007

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Sile Seoige

TV Presenter

  • Date: 05 Jun 07
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Location: Wellington Road, Dublin
I had laser eye surgery at Optical Express and it was fantastic. It has made such a difference to my every day life including my work, as a TV presenter I now feel more confident not having to wear contacts or specs while on camera.

The staff at the Dublin clinic were great, they looked after me very well throughout my surgery and post operative appointments.

For a procedure that takes only 10 minutes it has been life changing, I would highly recommend this to everyone who wears specs or contact lenses.

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Colin Brazier

SKY TV News Presenter

  • Date: 02 Apr 08
  • Procedure: LASEK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront
  • Surgeon: Mr. Rodney Blumenfeld
  • Location: Harley Street, London
I suppose people consider having laser eye surgery for a variety of reasons. Mine were quite specific. As a news presenter, my job often takes me to inhospitable parts of the world.

I was the first British journalist to reach Baghdad with American soldiers during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Front-line reporting has also taken me to destinations like Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and Southern Lebanon. In all these places the environment can be hostile. Trying to work in a desert sandstorm with contact lenses is a headache I could do without. I have never worn glasses on-screen.

Now I’m based in the studio, glasses are even less of an option. The reflective glare can be distracting, not least for the viewer. So laser eye surgery seemed worth exploring.

The level of service offered by Optical Express was exemplary; the procedure itself a doddle. I heartily recommend it, whether you’re a frequent visitor to the war zone or not!

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Murray & Leanne Grubb

Newlyweds

  • Date: 01 Dec 08
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Location: Broad Street, Reading
Murray Grubb and Leanne King decided to have laser eye surgery with Optical Express before their wedding in Summer 2008. Here are their stories:

Murray’s Story

I had wanted to get laser eye surgery for as long as I even knew that procedure existed. There were reasons holding me back from doing it, these included cost, time to heal, and above all the fear of what if something went wrong.

My thoughts soon changed when I proposed to Leanne in November. We decided that neither of us wanted to be wearing our glasses or contact lenses on our wedding day. I had worn contacts and glasses for 15 years and they had always played havoc with me when I played sport, even just watching TV or playing the computer could lead to dry eyes.

So, I started to investigate every laser eye surgery company in the UK from the procedures that they offered, to the costing involved, to the calibre of the machines and technology that they use. Leanne on the other hand felt that ignorance would be bliss and she decided to go with my judgement.

In the end we decided on Optical Express for a few reasons. They had the most branches and it appeared had done the most procedures. They also had various levels of treatments that were in our price range and offered 0% credit if we went for a more expensive treatment. They were also the only one that we found to have a presence in Harley Street which was the final decider for us.

So in the end we both agreed that since you only get married once this would make our wedding day truly memorable. We arranged our consultation at our local Optical Express consultation clinic which was in Reading.

The Consultation

Leanne and I went to the Optical Express Branch in Reading to see if we were suitable candidates for laser eye surgery. Up until this point I was not even aware that there was a possibility that we may not be suitable and so when we went in I was far more nervous about the outcome than the procedures they were about to perform!

We had been told when we booked our consultation that we would not be able to drive afterwards for a few hours as they would put drops in our eyes to dilate our pupils so that they could see the back of the eye more clearly.

We booked our consultation at the same time as we were in it together and Leanne was a rather nervous patient. As they went through all of the different tests like how thick our cornea was, the shape of our eye, the dry air test etc I was amazed at just how much information they took down compared with a standard eye test.

Our optometrist was brilliant as she was not only very friendly but also very knowledgeable. She had been with the company for some time and seemed passionate about working for them. She was also more than happy to answer all of my questions and there was a fair few, no doubt making Leanne’s consultation one of the longest of her career.

At the end of the consultation we got the news that we were both suitable which was such a relief. We were told about the different procedures and which one would suit us best. She also commented on my astigmatism and how different procedures could help.

Booking our surgery

We went back to the Reading branch to book our surgery. We met with the optometrist who had carried out our consultation. She had remembered that we were getting married and asked how the wedding plans were coming on. It was nice she had taken genuine interest in why we wanted laser eye surgery.

In the end I opted for Wavefront with Intralase. They said it was the best treatment for me and the fact that I only had 2 days until I was back at work the healing time was important. Also my only fear throughout was you only get one pair of eyes so go for the best and that’s exactly what I did.

We paid our deposit to secure our surgery and we set up the payment plan which was for 10 months interest free. (This was also the easiest credit agreement we had to go through as it only took 5 minutes)

So we were booked! On the 12th January we would have the procedure….!

The week before surgery

The week before the surgery I seemed to look at everything differently. It was like everything I looked at I said to myself ‘I will see that without contacts or glasses next weekend’. We went out shopping in Guildford and I got something in my contact lens, it became really itchy and dry and I thought to myself well after Saturday I will never have that feeling again!

The day of surgery

We got the train up to Victoria, London and the tube to the Harley Street branch. We were about 20 minutes early and the waiting room was busy with excited patients. It just seemed like any doctors or dentists surgery, not the high tech NASA space station I had envisaged which made me feel maybe it’s not as serious a procedure as I thought it was going to be, i.e. no vacuum roofs or people with covers on their shoes.

The time came and Leanne went first. This was the first part of the procedure when they would not let us go together. It was for health and safety which I could understand but Leanne suddenly looked like a rabbit in the headlights. She did get a nurse to comfort her and a hand to squeeze but due to her fear of having anything touch her eye I knew she would struggle to go through with it. Then I was called and taken into the dark room so that I could see her before I went in. She was still rather in awe of it all as I thought she would be, bless her though she said “its all fine babe, go and get it done and I will see you when you get out”

This did shake me a little but as soon as I was in the room I clicked into Murray Mode. I just kept asking questions as I do with the enthusiasm of a 5 year old and I was laughing and joking with them throughout my whole procedure.

To my surprise there was no pain endured throughout (something this radical surely would have come at a greater cost I thought) there was some discomfort from the pressure they put on the eye to stop it moving but far less than I expected overall.

I think the excitement carried me through it and the staff said I must be the happiest patient that they had ever had (if they knew how long I had wanted this done they would understand why).

I was then led into the dark room where Leanne was now calm and collected and we started reflecting on what we had just had done and what it meant to us and also started to speak to some of the other people in there that had just had it done.

We were then given all the drops together (they gave mine to Leanne obviously knowing that I would lose them) and they explained what they did, what side effects we could experience over the next few days i.e. bright lights etc and then they told us to go home and try and get as much sleep as possible before going to another London branch the next day for our 24 hour check up.

Once home I lay on the couch and had my mother-in-law bring me drinks and food for the rest of the day. That coupled with one of their dogs cuddling in made the whole day worthwhile.

The day after surgery

When I first woke up I thought I had left my contact lenses in as I could see everything so clearly including the dimples in the carpet. I then started to cover one eye and then the other to see how much I could actually see. The results were incredible so I then woke up Leanne to compare.

My father-in-law then drove us up to the Tube Station to go back up to the Centre of London for our 24hour check up. This was an amazing journey as I couldn’t believe how much I could see that I had missed before (even through glasses and contacts the detail was not this clear or colourful).

We had the check up and they gave us an eye test which I could read every single letter off right down to the smallest and with complete ease.

I asked the consultant if that meant I had 20/20 or 6/6 vision and she replied no that is 20/10 or 6/4 which is far better. The top line of that chart is 20/20. As you can imagine I was overjoyed at this and knew if Leanne’s was less than this I would have won the bet as to who now had the better eyes, especially as she did originally.

The week after Surgery

For this week we had to keep putting in these drops at various times of the day, and although this was easy and quickly became second nature, the taste in the back of your throat from the eye drops wasn’t great. This was proof that your eyes, ears, nose and throat are connected.

I had dry eyes for about a fortnight but after that my vision felt natural and the slight bruising on the eye disappeared completely in about 10 days.

Also I felt that my vision got better everyday and I became less sensitive to the light and so I was delighted.

The Wedding Day

The wedding day finally came and I was so glad that I had the laser vision correction done. We were married in a 12th Century Castle in Scotland and had our reception in a country house the detail and colours on show were fantastic. I was getting a photo with Leanne and her bridesmaids under a cherry blossom tree when I looked over at the house where all our friends and family were seated and I could see the looks on their faces from as easily as 75 yards away.

That for me was an incredible feeling. That plus I actually saw the look in Leanne’s eyes as she walked down the aisle, unfortunately I could also see the look in her fathers!!

All over this has been a life changing experience and is one that I recommend to everyone I meet and to anyone considering it. I tell them all the same “It’s not just a life changing experience, its amazing how quickly you take perfect vision for granted. However every now and then you see something, a small detail, the leaves on a tree etc and you realise that, not so very long ago you would never have seen what you just did”

Leanne’s Story

Murray and I have wanted to get laser eye surgery done for a while but we finally got the push to do something about it when we got engaged. We booked our wedding for May 2008 in a beautiful Castle in Murray’s hometown of Glenrothes, Scotland.

As I imagined walking down the aisle of the 12th Century Chapel lit only by candles I couldn’t help but feel disappointed that I’d miss the reaction on Murray’s face when he sees me in my wedding dress for the first time or that of my parents and friends. Being short sighted, its details like this that you miss, but this day was too important for that to happen!

I’ve never warmed to the idea of contact lenses and I’m honest enough to admit I’m too vain to wear my glasses on many occasions! So this will be life changing for me!

Murray wears contact lenses but like many people he’s suffered with them, very sore/red eyes on occasions, dryness etc.

We both want this done and what better time? It’ll make all the difference on our wedding day!

The Consultation

Murray and I went to the Optical Express branch in Reading to see if we were suitable candidates for the laser eye surgery. We had a joint consultation and took our turns with the various tests because if we go ahead we’ll have the surgery together so we may as well start as we mean to go on.

We were a bit early but were still taken care of immediately, we filled out a form each, with our contact details and medical history and were given some information about the drops that would be used for some of the tests and why. I was reassured that the information was upfront and we knew what to expect, we’d already been advised not to drive so there were no surprises.

We were taken into a room with one of the consultants, she was very friendly and didn’t seem to mind at all the number of questions we had for her, Murray in particular, he was absolutely fascinated by it all and had done a great deal of research. My approach was different, ignorance is bliss, to trust the professional’s and go with the flow! However I was grateful to understand the tests, procedure and varying treatments a lot better.

We decided that I’d do each test first as I was a bit more apprehensive than Murray and thought watching him first would make me more nervous, I needn’t have worried, none of the tests were scary or painful. We got to see the shape of our eyes, it was incredibly interesting and our prescriptions were scientifically worked out. They were printed out for us and discussed in great detail, Murray’s prescription was slightly worse as was his astigmatism therefore glaring and halos would be slightly worse for him.

The test continued, they were very in depth, very different to the standard ones I’d had previously. It was comforting that our suitability for the procedure was taken so seriously and how high-tech the equipment was.

As warned it was hard to focus following the drops, it was nice going through it with someone though. We went out for dinner afterwards and it was amusing trying to read the menu, we were teasing each other over our huge pupils!

We were delighted to hear we were suitable for surgery should we decide to go ahead!

Booking our surgery

We went back to the Reading branch; it was nice catching up and discussing our wedding plans with our original consultant.

Murray opted for the Wavefront with Intralase (I think the fact the Astronauts get this one helped sell it!) I opted for Wavefront as I had fewer imperfections than Murray (naturally!) We paid our deposit and set up the finance agreement 0% interest (this was just too easy!)

So we we’re booked! On the 12th January we would have the procedure!

The week before Surgery

It’s come round so fast! We were so busy over Christmas and New Year that it’s coming round in a flash!

We went to the cinema twice this weekend, knowing we probably won’t manage it next weekend! Strangely I’m quite looking forward to having a quiet, chilled out weekend next week, we might actually get a chance to plan the wedding!

The day of Surgery

We went via train and tube to the Harley Street branch, the waiting room seemed quite busy which I found reassuring, as so many other people were having the same procedure. I noticed several thank you cards from people who’d had the surgery and they all said how life changing it was, I was really excited to see the results (literally!)

I went first, for health and safety reasons Murray couldn’t come with me but I was loaned a nurses hand to hold and I did, very firmly…!

I was quite nervous, as even contact lenses were frightening for me but the laser itself I found fine, as my eye wasn’t being touched. It was very quick and although a strange sensation, not painful.

I went to the ‘dark room’ where a few other patients were resting and we discussed our experiences, the whole time I thought about how Murray was finding it. He did very well (much better than when he goes to the dentist!). We were given our care packages, various drops and goggles and we were explained the instructions in detail. We were told to go home, sleep as much as possible and just rest trying to keep our eyes closed as much as we could; sounded great to me!

Two of our friends collected us and took us to my parents where I knew we’d be taken good care of. We had the first of our drops, followed by a nice sleep. At least we both had to wear the goggles, so Murray couldn’t tease me. We ordered a pizza and listened to the TV for a while before returning to bed.

The day after surgery

We woke up and were amazed at the results! We could see so clearly already, we tested each other on number plates whilst my Dad drove us to the station. We got the tube into London for our follow up appointment, I felt like wearing a ‘we’ve just had laser eye surgery’ badge for the benefit of the people obviously wondering why we were wearing sunglasses on the tube in January!

The brief check concluded we were both absolutely fine and already showed 20/20 vision or better, we saw somebody we’d met in the ‘dark room’ the day before and he too was delighted with the results.

The week after Surgery

For seven days after the surgery we used three different types of drops several times a day, which quickly became part of our every day routine, and we wore the goggles to bed to avoid us rubbing our eyes in our sleep and dark sunglasses when we were out during the day, other than that it was business as usual. Our eyesight seemed to be improving daily and our next and final check up concluded just that. We were delighted!

The Wedding Day

Four months on, it’s amazing how quickly you take perfect eyesight for granted.

But as I walked down the aisle I took in everything I saw my friends and family and most importantly Murray, I took in every smiling face, every tear and I’m so grateful for that, you can’t repeat that moment and I’m so glad I didn’t miss it.

Today’s the day where I’m more grateful than ever for my perfect vision, I wouldn’t have worn my glasses on my wedding day and never having worn contacts I’d have simply missed so much.

Thank you Optical Express!

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Sonya Mac

Radio Presenter, Cool FM

  • Date: 17 Nov 08
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. Waseem Aziz
  • Location: Donegall Place, Belfast
After around 16 years of wearing a combination of both glasses and contact lenses, I decided to ‘take the plunge’ and opt for Laser Eye Surgery.

I can’t say that this was a decision made in haste, in fact, after making an appointment for my initial consultation, I rang again to cancel it!

However, I plucked up the courage to re-arrange and found out that my eyes were suitable for Advanced CustomVue Wavefront LASIK eye surgery.

As the day of surgery approached I became increasingly nervous. On surgery day I couldn’t understand how the rest of the patients in the clinic looked so calm. I had my procedure done in Belfast on a Monday afternoon. I went home, slept for around 2 and a half hours and woke being able to see – everything!

I even was back on air on the Tuesday morning telling my Northern Ireland listeners how I was feeling and how much of a miracle it was that I could see!

I would totally recommend Optical Express. The staff are very friendly and really put you at ease throughout the whole process. The aftercare service is exceptional and they really care about your needs as an individual.

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Ben White

Journalist

  • Date: 30 Nov 07
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront
  • Surgeon: Mr. David Teenan
  • Location: Silverburn Shopping Centre, Glasgow
Walking up Renfield Street in Glasgow, I’ve never felt so attached to my glasses.

I may have been a reluctant speccy since I was eight, but the trepidation on the way to the Optical Express clinic, where I’m about to have laser surgery to correct my vision, makes wearing my jamjars appealing for the first time since I was a 15-year-old trying to get into pubs.

On arrival, my nerves are calmed by the friendly staff. There seems little difference between this clinic and any other optician. I’m still a little apprehensive about getting a serious operation in what looks like a high-street shop.

Within 15 minutes, though, I’m in the operating theatre, which looks more convincing, with large machines and a mechanical bed a bit like an oversized dentists chair. The nurse and two surgeons make sure I’m calm and comfortable. I must be, given that it doesn’t faze me when they clamp open my eyes. I can’t help thinking of the brainwashing scene in A Clockwork Orange.

There are different kinds of eye surgery available but I’ve opted for the Lasek procedure. Although the procedure is over in minutes, full recovery will take a few weeks, during which time my eyes will most probably feel gritty.

The procedure involves having the thin top layer of my eye softened and peeled off, then having the laser fired into it while I stare at a fixed light. The more popular Lasik procedure would have been more comfortable, but since the part of the eye displaced during the op regenerates after a few weeks, leaving no trace of surgery and no potential weak point, I feel Lasek is the safer option in the long-term and right for me.

It’s all over within ten minutes. I leave the clinic and while I can see, my eyes are streaming (I had been warned) so I’m thankful I brought a friend to guide me home. My eyes feel uncomfortable and tired but over the next few weeks my sight improves and the discomfort subsides.

It’s now a year since the surgery and I’m happy to report my vision is 20/20. I still have one slightly dry eye but it’s not bad enough to require drops. Any affection for my glasses has long disappeared and since the op, quite honestly, I’ve never looked back.

The Scotsman – 20th December 2008

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Pete Reed

Men’s Coxless Four Olympic Champion, London 2012

  • Date: 17 Mar 09
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. Rodney Blumenfeld
  • Location: Harley Street, London
I am absolutely delighted with my new and perfect vision from Optical Express.

It’s not just the brand new feeling of being able to see better than 20/20, but the convenience of not having to use contacts or glasses for my training and racing.

However, the thing that will surprise you is the wonderful customer service, the swift procedure, the short recovery time and the aftercare – in fact, every step from booking to clarity has been a breeze.

I wish I’d had it done sooner. Don’t be worried – just go for it!

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Max Evans

Scotland Rugby Internationalist

  • Date: 26 May 09
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. David Teenan
  • Location: Silverburn Shopping Centre, Glasgow
Absolutely awesome! It hasn’t been long since the procedure but already I know that Optical Express has improved my life forever.

Who would have known that such a lifestyle changing alteration would be so comfortable and literally take a matter of minutes?!

I’m indebted to Optical Express and to all the staff that made the experience so simple, I thank you very much.

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Tom Solesbury

Olympic Rower

  • Date: 08 Sep 09
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. Rodney Blumenfeld
  • Location: Harley Street, London
My vision is perfect, and I couldn’t believe how quick and easy the procedure was – even for someone like me who hates anything going near their eyes! The care and skill of the surgeon and other staff was fantastic, and really put me at ease. The day after surgery, I had better than 20/20 vision, and the whole process, from the surgery to the aftercare, never got in the way of my training schedule!

I was always damaging or losing my glasses and it was a real hassle. I couldn’t wear contacts, and I really wanted freedom from specs, not just for rowing but for every part of my life. People would often tell me they’d seen me and waved and that I’d ignored them – since I couldn’t see them without my glasses on! It’s great that that doesn’t happen anymore.

It is brilliant being able to see perfectly, I hope my new vision will help me and the GB rowing team win more medals!

After seeing how quick and painless the whole procedure was, my only regret, why did I wait until now to have treatment?

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Jack Shepherd

Actor, Coronation Street

  • Date: 01 Apr 10
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. Andre Oberholster
  • Location: Trafford Shopping Centre, Manchester
Work suggested I have my eyes lasered when I couldn’t drive in a scene without my glasses! I saw Optical Express on TV and booked myself in. It’s the best money I’ve ever spent!

I had my eyes treated at different times and the staff kept in touch to check everything was ok.

I can recommend laser eye surgery to anyone, it’s a blessing.

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Retief Goosen

US Open Champion, 2001 & 2004

  • Date: 29 Nov 99
  • Procedure: LASIK
  • Surgeon: Dr. Jan Venter
  • Location: Harley Street, London
Most of you will know me as a golfer. What you may not know about me is that for a long time my game suffered because of poor eyesight. I was used to wearing glasses and contact lenses and for anyone who plays golf, or even if you don’t, you’ll know what a hassle this can be.

I’m a man who likes to do my research so I started looking into the treatment and couldn’t believe how popular it actually was. Millions of people have had it.

Optical Express stood out as being the best at what they did. For someone like me, whose profession is dependent on their eyesight I couldn’t think about being treated by anyone but the best.

The difference, not just to my game, but to my everyday life has been phenomenal.

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Stephen Maguire

Professional Snooker Player

  • Date: 12 Jun 09
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront Intralase
  • Location: Glasgow ACE, Glasgow
It is what everyone who has had the surgery says, but I really wish I had got my eyesight corrected earlier.

I used to need glasses for driving and watching TV. Playing snooker I could never get used to the special glasses you needed to wear, so I got by without anything, which was not ideal.

Last season I felt my eyes strain under the tournament lights. I was aware that my eyesight was not as clear as it could be and I had to concentrate harder to see the pockets. I visited Optical Express in Glasgow who recommended laser eye surgery and within two weeks, I had gone through the consultation and had my treatment done.

It was such a simple process and I’m delighted with my results. I have already changed the lenses in my old glasses to make sunglasses as I have no need for driving glasses any more.

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Brigitte Nielsen

Actress

  • Date: 28 April 11
  • Procedure: RLE multifocal, Mplus Toic
  • Surgeon: Dr. Jan Venter
  • Location: Harley Street, London
For many years I couldn’t really see clearly and suffered from dizziness and headaches. I had often thought of laser eye surgery but I was too scared. That was until I found Optical Express where everybody made me feel very comfortable, from the brilliant surgeon to the nurses and assistants.

They helped me reach the right decision about my treatment. I had my eye surgery and it was quick and easy with no pain. It gave me my life back. Go get yours!

Thank you so very much!

PS: Watch out! Now I see you!

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Kathleen McDermott

Actress

  • Date: 17 Sep 12
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. David Teenan
  • Location: Silverburn Shopping Centre, Glasgow
The Optical Express team were just fantastic throughout from start to finish. I had lots of questions but the staff at the clinic were very reassuring and able to provide an answer to everything I asked. They took lots of time with me and I really liked the fact that they gave me a phone number to call if I thought of any further questions when I got home.

I was treated at Optical Express in Glasgow by David Teenan who was absolutely lovely and he really helped put me at ease. The most surprising thing about the procedure was how quick it was. I expected to be there for quite a while but it only took about 30 seconds for each eye. I noticed the effects of my treatment almost instantaneously.

It was an amazing feeling being able to throw my glasses and contact lenses in the bin. I can clearly remember phoning up and cancelling my contact lens direct debit which really was a very pleasurable experience. My eyesight is better than 20/20 and I’m absolutely delighted with the results of my laser eye surgery.

There are so many benefits and I’m over the moon that I have had it done.

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Robin Galloway

Broadcaster

  • Date: 07 Dec 12
  • Procedure: LASIK Advanced CustomVue Wavefront IntraLase
  • Surgeon: Mr. David Teenan
  • Location: Renfield Street, Glasgow
As squeamish goes, I am quite probably the dictionary meaning. Dentists, doctors – they all make me nervous. So how on earth was I going to cope with a laser beam being pointed at my eye-ball? Piece of cake actually. The moment I arrived at Optical Express, It just felt right. My initial consultation was welcoming and most reassuring. I only required glasses for reading but my optometrist wasn’t prepared to even discuss whether or not I should have the treatment until such time as I try contact lenses – which would illustrate the post surgery outcome. This spoke volumes – as I’d have been most uncomfortable being pushed towards something I was unsure of.

My procedure was carried out by Mr David Teenan who’s professional temperament Id most liken to the calming effect of an airline pilot, metaphorically ‘holding my hand’ throughout. The laser treatment itself was less that 10 minutes from start to finish and despite my squeamishness, was no more than mildly uncomfortable. No pain, no anxiety and in actual fact, quite relaxing!

I have extremely high praise for all the staff at Optical Express. From front of house – right through to Mr Teenan and his entire team who attended to my every need throughout the laser eye surgery.

It has been truly life changing and I would say to anybody considering the procedure have no hesitation in going for it.

The technology is available – so embrace it!

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