“I developed my myopia or short sightedness aged 11 and have been wearing contact lenses since I was 13.
“I had been considering laser for a few years previous to my decision. I suppose the final push for me was the end-of-day discomfort with my contact lenses and the appeal of waking up in the morning with clear vision. I had been aware of the more traditional LASEK/LASIK/PRK laser procedures but after researching SMILE it was a no brainer for myself. A revolutionary type of surgery with fast recovery times and very non invasive. Cathedral Eye Clinic is the only clinic on the island of Ireland that offers it and hearing about Professor Moore and his years of experience, it was decision made.
“I had a few initial appointments with the optometrist Rachel and she was excellent. Very professional and thorough. I underwent a series of tests to make sure everything was suitable for the procedure to go ahead. Professor Moore reviewed the results and after looking over my eyes himself one last time he was happy to proceed.
“The next week was the day itself – a day I won’t forget! I met with Andrew, another optometrist, who talked me through how the procedure would work and what to do. Professor Moore then came to take me into theatre for the surgery itself. 20 minutes later I was done. It was pain free – slightly uncomfortable at most. Professor Moore took a look at my eyes, prescribed me drops to be used hourly that night and that was it. Simple.
“Going home that day my vision was getting clearer by the hour. Slightly light sensitive but no pain. The next day I was back with Andrew for my 24 hour review. I was pretty amazed at how quick my eyesight was improving – I was seeing number plates further away than my Dad on the way to Belfast! Andrew measured my vision and I was reading the bottom line of the letter chart. I was asked by Andrew how I was feeling and to be honest I was lost for words.
“It’s now 2 weeks on and I’m currently typing this whilst on a flight to London. My eyes are feeling great and my eyesight is fantastic. I have been back to football, gym and was back to work within 2 days! I was almost scared to write up this review any sooner as it seems to good to be true.
“I would like to thank Professor Moore, Andrew and Rachel for their professionalism, manner and expertise throughout. I felt completely at ease and well looked after. Also thanks to the rest of the staff I encountered along the way who were all very friendly.”