Article published in The Cork News on the 18th of February, 2011.
If you’re not in, you can’t win – or so the saying goes. Having never won a raffle or draw in his life, Midleton resident Micheál Barry claimed what he has described as a “life-changing” prize when he was chosen as the winner of the Cork News Optilase competition late last Autumn.
The 34-year-old Corkman had been short sighted since his childhood but now lives with better than 20:20 vision and without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
“It was something I had always considered doing but had just never gotten around to it,” he admitted. “I saw the competition and decided to apply. I never win these things but I ended up being successful and it really has been the best thing that I’ve ever done.”
Optilase, one of Ireland’s leading laser eye clinics, opened a new facility in Cork last summer, as part of the Opera Lane development. Surgery comes with a lifetime guarantee and prices start from just €495 per eye.
“Prior to surgery, you have a consultation,” Micheál explained. “They assess your eyes and make sure they are suitable for the procedure. They also explain everything in great detail and make sure that you’re completely informed and happy. For me, that was very important.
“On the day itself, they explained things once again and made sure I didn’t have any questions. Once they bring you in, you’re introduced to the person who will do the procedure and it’s all over very quickly – the surgery is literally done in minutes. They do a quick check to make sure everything is okay and then give you drops and talk you through the aftercare.
“They make appointments for you to return the next day, the next week and the next month, and that side of things has been fantastic. I was able to see quite well afterwards but they recommend going home and sleeping for a couple of hours. When I woke up, I could actually see across the room, which I was never able to do before. Within three days, as the healing continued, my eyesight got more and more focused.”
Micheál was particularly impressed by the staff’s attention to detail. He works with computers on a daily basis and was given job-specific eye care advice. There was no pain during the surgery itself or afterwards and, several months on, he still has no concerns.
“My recovery has been very straightforward,” he added. “I had the procedure on the Thursday morning and was back in work on the Monday. You are given what you need to help the healing process as well as advice such as drinking lots of water and having plenty of Vitamin C. It’s almost like a holistic package as opposed to just treating the particular problem that you’ve got.
“For the first few days, I kept thinking ‘Where’s the catch?’ I didn’t think it would be as easy as going in and having perfect vision in a matter of days. If I had known what the results were, I would have had it done years ago and would probably have been willing to pay double what they now charge for it. It’s been amazing - I’d even go as far as saying it was life changing.”
I am very happy with my results! It feels amazing leaving behind my glasses should’ve done it sooner and I feel like a new person! Everyone was amazing and super friendly, I recommend Optilase!!
100% recommended. Great service from the consultation to the after care. A great team that makes you feel comfortable and at ease!
The best experience ever !! And I am extremely delighted with my vision, truly 20/20 vision
Best experience ! Staff were extremely professional and kind, helped me a lot during the whole process. I definitely recommend !
Amazing Clinic all staff friendly and helpful!
Great experience! Very friendly and helpful staff. Couldn’t recommend options enough
Very happy with my overall experience, I was very nervous but the team were very understanding and really put my mind at ease. I’m over the moon with my results!!!!!!
Hello Million thanks for optilase clinic You change my life😍😍😍 After my surgery I start see next day!!!
Attended the clinic today and couldn't be happier with the staff and how pleasant they were. Delighted that I got a consultation
Great experience and great after care. Had 2020 vision within 24 hours with very minimal pain.
Amazing experience , amazing staff, amazing eye sight . I had lens replacement 3 months ago and would highly recommend.
I got my laser eye surgery done on April 20th and couldn’t be happier. I had one hard day of recovery, followed by dry eyes for a small while. Sleeping with the protective goggles is the hardest part, but you’re helped throughout the process by experts. I couldn’t recommend this enough and Optilase were a dream to deal with. Even if you can’t afford the treatment now, you can always talk about a payment plan and get the vision you’ve always wanted.