Sunday 25 September 2016

Since I had my eye surgery in 1988, things have changed. I spent two overnights in hospital per eye, which had to be operated on six weeks apart.

Was it worth it?

Published 25/02/2016 | 02:30

Since I had my eye surgery in 1988, things have changed. I spent two overnights in hospital per eye, which had to be operated on six weeks apart.

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For weeks I wore an eye shield at night, and put up with a feeling of sand rolling around my eyeball for days. It was most uncomfortable, more than a little risky, and more than a lot expensive. In those days it was considered "cosmetic" surgery, and not covered by health insurance.

Now, it's laser in your lunchtime with immediate recovery, perfect sight and minimal risk. It's still expensive though. However, most of us, me included, think it's well worth it, given the savings over the years from optical appointments, glasses, new lenses and all that goes with wearing glasses or contacts.

I reckon I've saved thousands over the last almost 30 years, and if I were to add it all up, I can't see how I wouldn't have shelled out €6,000- €8,000 in that time on corrective lenses.

Sinead Ryan

Irish Independent

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