Tony and I went together for our consultation at the Focus Eye Centre on Friday. I have worn glasses since I was nine and Tony has worn them since he was seven. Starting in high school I started wearing contacts, and I wore them for many many years. After I had my kids though, my eyes started rejecting contacts completely. Bright red and itchy eyes within an hour of putting them in made me put aside my contacts for good. Tony can still wear them a little, but definitely not all the time. We are an active family, running and biking all the time, so the glasses have really becoming a nuisance. We were just sick of them. Added to this, we both have very strong prescriptions and so getting new glasses was very costly and insurance came nowhere near to covering the costs. Weighing all this together, surgery is looking very good.
We asked around, and no one had regretted their eye surgery. No warnings or watch outs. All we heard were resounding recommendations from everyone.
So off we went for our consultation. We were whisked from one station to the next; from one person to another. Most of the people we dealt with spoke as if they were reading from scripts, and I whispered to Tony at one point that I was pretty sure they were all robots. The final station was where we met with the woman who explained all of the financials to us. We were given a $500 family discount, which I think everyone is given based on feedback I heard. The woman who was helping us started booking our appointments and asking for a deposit before we had even decided whether we were going to proceed. After we left we both felt like we had been through a very slick business operation, and not through a health care consultation. This is obviously a money-making marketing place, and we felt a little bit icky after, like that feeling you get when buying a used car.
Still, I think we are going to go through with it. The thought of being glasses-free is so very appealing. If you have any negative feedback to share, please let me know. Thanks!