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    Picked up my new glasses yesterday ... My last pair which I got 3 years ago in the Uk ... Cost me about 350 pounds. I have varifocal and pay for the better thinner lens ... I'm so short sighted I'm sure I would look like Mr Magoo with the cheap lens So my old glasses were on the way out .. Frames and lens had seen better days ... So went to a local optician .. Had the eye test .. With my wife translating ... My eyes had changed slightly on the reading side ... So chose new frames ... Then had a choice of different lens ... Now in the back of my mind I had what member ddwjg had told me about cheap Thai lens ... That he could see a manufacture number right across his eyeline !!! To be fair even the optician did not recommend Thai lenses ... So ended up getting the better ones ... Must say I'm pleased with them ... Although not cheap .. 20,000 baht. I'm beginning to wonder is laser treatment might work out cheaper in the long run ... I hear there are a few good places in Bangkok. Anybody tried ?

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    Good thinking Trevor. I've put up with an ageing pair of Specsavers specials and squinting a bit more every year on the occasions when I wear my glasses. I've never thought about laser treatment over here. It's the fact that you only get one go at it (presumably) and it's put me off a bit. I'm not sure I'd put too much faith in some of the numerous walk-in opticians in Pattaya.

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    Well I think the old classic you get what you pay for certainly applies here. The optician gave me the choice of about 5 lens suppliers ... Only 1 being a Thai supplier. The lens I ended up choosing came from the States. They are nice and thin and light with a anti scratch coating. I spoke to Dave on skype and he told me about his experience with Thai lenses ... The end of the day Phil I guess there is not a lot of difference in the cost. Like I mentioned I paid 350 3 years ago.

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    I had a couple of friends who had it done in Bangkok about 10 years ago (?) when this was still something new, and they were both very pleased with it and have never suffered any problems since. They both used Bumrungrad Hospital which was, at the time, one of the most highly regarded places in the city, especially among ex-pats (with good health insurance!!). I was a regular visitor, for any minor ailment really, it was just such a pleasant experience, slightly different to more recent experiences here!

    I used to like the fact that you could look up the doctors on their website before making an appointment and get a summary of their qualifications and experience - plus a photo, in case that sort of thing mattered!

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    I don't remember what the exact costs were then but it seemed very cheap compared to the amount I was quoted by Optical Express a few months ago (since when I have been bombarded with literature, e-mails and phone calls trying to persuade me to have the treatment done). Their offer 'from £395 per eye iirc' ended up as a quotation for over £3,000!

    I seem to remember at the time that the prices, even at Bumrungrad, were so attractive compared to the US that people were paying for their flights and recuperation/holiday out of the savings. Not sure how the exchange rates have impacted on the growth of medical tourism.
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    I had the LASIK treatment in the UK about 10 years ago in the UK and one of the best things I've ever done. Was very shortsighted around the -8.0 level if memory serves me correctly. I had mine done an eye at a time which cost me about £1,500 in total. The LASIK involved, after all the eye tests and prep work, taking a valium, lieing down in the chair, a "disc cutter" being used to cut a flap on the surface of the eye, the flap was then "hinged" up and whilst looking up into a light focusing on a dot in the middle, a laser etching out a certain depth in the eyeball. Once etched, the flap was then let to fall back and positioned to cover the eyeball and the healing process starts from there. The hardest part was trying to keep looking at the dot, kept on thinking that I was going to look away from it. They then put a clear eye patch on it and put my glasses back on (with the lens over the completed eye removed. After about an hour or so I was leaving with a bag of goodies to use on the eye every morning and night for I think a month. On the train on the way back home in noticed how everything was coming into focus in the eye that had just been done, what would have been just indistiguishable blobs in a field were now clearly seen as cows, by the time I'd arrived back home I was amazed, almost miracle like, how good my vision was.

    I used the lotions and potions as told and getting the next eye done was a doddle and the same great effect. The wierd thing was waking up in the morning and fumbling around the bed side table for glasses which no longer needed and every so often putting my finger up to the bridge of my nose only to realise no more glasses. It has made life so much easier, no worries with swimming, gym, steamed up glasses, contact lens cleaning etc, FREEEEDDDOOOOOMMMMMM ;-)

    Lucily for me worked out perfect, but I have heard stories of gritty eyes, still needing glasses etc, but in my case 20/20 vision :-)

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    One pair of rimless glasses from Top Charoen 2 years ago - 2000 baht.
    One pair of new lenses to replace one broken one 2 weeks ago - 1000 baht (quite why they have to replace both is beyond me).

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    Optical exprees were on BBCs watchdog last week. The optical specialist they had on made a few comments and pointed out that you might still end up needing specs. I have seen frames in LOS and was quite shocked at the price.
    Given that free eye tests are possible here "tesco " for example and looking at the online prices and how competitative they are I,m wondering is really worth it.

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    i know a few people who get glasses in thailand,me included.you get designed ones to standard ones.i paid a fare price for mine,no problem so far.i know it can cost more in the uk like everything else.have a look at both countries and prices and decide for yourself.i will buy in thailand again when i have too

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    The trouble with Thai opticians is the frames they sell, they are all too narrow. They don't cater for people with fat heads like me. Got Mai a nice pair of designer glasses last year, 6000bht.

    I am desperately in need of a new pair of varifocals but the thought of paying £250 for a pair puts me off. Wonder if i could buy a wide frame here and have some lenses fitted in LOS ?

    Like Gordie, last year i had a consultation at Optical Express, eyes starting from £395. After my examination the girl said " i'm pleased to be able to tell you that you are suitable for the operation" she went on to explain that it would be beneficial to me not to have the basic job and that it would be £1400 per eye. I said thankyou and left and i've never gone back.

    Blinded by the sunlight outside i somehow managed to get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfy View Post
    After my examination the girl said " i'm pleased to be able to tell you that you are suitable for the operation" she went on to explain that it would be beneficial to me not to ...........
    .........go to Molineux for a couple of seasons and accept that the referee is not the one in need of an occipital lobe transplant.

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    Just because the Hammers are doomed. Will they be playing Bournemouth next season ?

    oops Sorry Dave - wrong thread but Phetchy started it. Its his fault.

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    wolfy you sound just like me with the fat head,,,,,,,,,,,never get a crash hat to fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfy View Post
    Will they be playing Bournemouth next season ?
    You might be yet.

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    frames are one of the biggest rip offs in the UK. Look at how cheaply you can pick up sunglasses with reactolite glass lenses. I used to drink with a guy who 'built' the glasses for opticians and he would give you top of the range frames and lenses for around £20 if you got the prescription from the opticians.

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    Phil, going off topic again, in the unlikely event that Bournemouth do get promoted from the playoffs, and WHU get relegated, will you have to wear bifocals to watch them. Back on topic at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfy View Post
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    I am desperately in need of a new pair of varifocals but the thought of paying £250 for a pair puts me off. Wonder if i could buy a wide frame here and have some lenses fitted in LOS ?
    I don't think it would work out any cheaper Steve. Like I mentioned you can get cheaper varifocal lens here ... But they don't seem a lot of good .. Speak to Dave (ddwjg) and he will tell you. The good high quality lens they import ... And for a decent varifocal lens you will be looking to pay from anything above 12,000 baht ... And if your blind like me ... Even dearer. All those years looking for a goal at Roots Hall has played havoc with my eyes !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by handyman View Post
    All those years looking for a goal at Roots Hall has played havoc with my eyes !!!
    And your long-term memory Trevor?

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    Now now Phil ... I've not mentioned West Ham ... I must admit when they hired Avran Grant ... With he's proven track record of relegation ... I guess they were always doomed. Bring back Billy Bonds ... Not as manger .. But to sort that defence out ... I bet he is still better than some of those players you have now

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    West Ham are now in the unenviable position of moving to the Olympic Stadium with more players on the pitch than fans in the stands.

    At least their supporters can put their feet up on an empty seat.

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    2014/2015 season - 60,000 capacity? No problem, they'll be in the Champions League that season.

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