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5. Laser Eye Surgery Medical Assessment

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Laser Eye Surgery Medical Assessment

I made the appointment for my Laser Eye Surgery medical assessment with Wellington Eye Centre, which was the next step after the free assessment in the process of hopefully getting my eyes corrected with Laser Eye Surgery.

This is where I met with the surgeon ‘Dr Andrew Logan’ that if all going well would be doing my surgery.

He went through some of the same tests that Theo had done previously at the free assessment and spent a long time perfecting my vision with his “giant glasses attached to a piece of equipment glasses” and taking final measurements. He gave me plenty of information along the way.

One of the tests they do is to put some drops in your eyes which dilate your pupils to be able to test something else very important (that I have now completely forgotten what it was for). I had been pre-warned about this when I made the booking and that I would need to make arrangements not drive afterwards.

Then the important bit….   Read more

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4. Laser Eye Surgery – Free Assessment with clinics

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Laser Eye Surgery - Free Assessment

My first Laser Eye Surgery – Free Assessment that I had decided to book was with “Wellington Eye Centre”.

Firstly, I liked that they of course were in Wellington.

They had a very-very long history of Laser Eye Surgery. From what I could gather the lead surgeon Dr Andrew Logan was the first person to bring Laser Eye Surgery to NZ, 17 years ago.

Their clinic also performs other eye surgeries and deal with other eye problems… which for me helped me respect their credibility more that they knew eyes inside and out!

My second assessment I booked at the same time was with the “Fendalton Eye Clinic” which is based in Christchurch (where I have family and friends).

I had my appointment with Wellington Eye Centre first.   Read more

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3. Laser Eye Surgery – Deciding to look into it for myself

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Laser Eye Surgery New Zealand

My conversations with my cousin during the Christmas Holidays in 2011 about his own Laser Eye Surgery had planted the seed for me to start looking into the options for Laser Eye Surgery finally for myself.

It’s in my basic nature to do research…

So after returning from our holidays, I set about looking into it.

I wanted to know all the in’s and outs of Laser Eye Surgery including things like:    Read more

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2. Laser Eye Surgery – My Eye History

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Laser Eye Surgery

I had been fascinated by Laser Eye Surgery, but this was ‘before’ I even knew I needed glasses!

I was 13, living in Nelson and visiting my friend who’s family had been house sitting for friends of theirs. The house they were ‘sitting’ was gorgeous (which I was quite fascinated with on its own) and then my friend told me the reason they were house sitting was because the couple that owned the house had flown to Auckland to BOTH get Laser Eye Surgery to correct their vision done.

I remember thinking that was the ‘coolest’ thing I had ever heard of and how fascinating it was that they could potentially get brand new super eyes by zapping them with lasers!!
She also told us that it cost them $2000 per eye – whooooah. At age 13 I knew $4000 per person was a lot of money, but still ‘how cool’.

I then promptly forgot about the conversation and went about my 13 year old life.

Cut scene…to 1 year latter at age 14.
I was never a complete ‘back row lurker’ at School, but liked to sit ‘fairly’ near the back of the class. It meant I could still get away with a small amount of talking & note passing and teen girl antics, but without being grouped with the ‘nearly always in trouble’ back row.
I was in 4th Form typing class when I first realised my eyes were not bionic and were potentially failing me. It seemed suddenly I could no longer look up from my typewriter to where our work was on the whiteboard and see as clearly. It was fuzzier than normal…hmmmm.

But I ignored it for a while (as we all do) but then found myself needed to move forward a row next time we came to class (shock horror!!).
Then another row forward…damn…I was really not keen on that. “Gosh, maybe I needed glasses!”  But surely not, none of my brothers or my parents had glasses?

I talked to my Mom about it and in no time she had me down at the local optometrist in Nelson having an eye test.
Result = YES I needed glasses!!    Read more

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Review: BlueAnt Q3 Premium Smartphone Bluetooth Earpiece

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Review: BlueAnt Q3 Premium Smartphone Bluetooth Earpiece

BlueAnt Q3 Smartphone Earpiece

BlueAnt Q3 Smartphone Earpiece

The BlueAnt Q3* developers must be avid iphone & Smartphone users, as this Earpiece does EXACTLY what it says it does and then some…

BlueAnt markets the “Q3” as “for the smartphone” and it really is an earpiece built for the workings of a smartphone.

I’m very fortunate that my workplace allowed me to get a new earpiece, as when I leave work in the afternoons the office line is transferred to my cellphone for the next few hours, while I’m doing double duty being a Mom for Miss 13 and on call for work also.

I answer calls, make follow-up calls, write text messages and emails and set reminders in all sorts of locations. In Supermarkets, at Sports Practices, in Libraries…but ALOT of the calls happen whilst we are driving in the car.  Hence the need for a really well performing hands free Bluetooth Earpiece.

I spent hours upon hours trawling the internet looking for one that would have me very nearly completely handsfree.  I was looking for one that could do:

  • voice activated answering
  • caller identification (voice announcement of who is calling me)
  • voice activated dialing
  • integrate with my iphone address book
  • dictate my text messages
  • allow me to still use the Siri function on my iphone to set new reminders, add events to calendars etc…

Many other earpieces seemed to offer some of those features, but not all of them together that I could find.  Namely no voice answering and no caller identification.

I also have a small ear as a whole and a small earl canal space (yup a bit weird).  So normal earphone ear buds hurt after a minute or two, or simply don’t fit/fall out.

I looked at models from:

  • Voyager
  • Jawbone
  • Jaber
  • Mororola
  • Plantronics
  • Jabra
  • Bose

But still found none that I determined did all I wanted and specifically integrated well with the iphone 4s. But I did kept stumbling across this “Q3” from BlueAnt that hadn’t been released yet, but had showcased at a tradefair or something.  There was a Q2 model that seemed to rate fairly well with reviewers and people were anticipating great things from the Q3.

I couldn’t go and see a Q3 in a store to get a feel for it or try it out as it hadn’t been released yet. But it seemed like my best possible option if the marketing hype fit the product.

Decided eventually to take the chance, (hoping like crazy it would pan out) and I Pre-Ordered one via the BlueAnt Australia website who ships to New Zealand.
AUS$99 + $29 freight = $129 (around NZD$159).

It was due for release at the end of the month.  It took around 6 weeks to arrive & I had to enquire via email to BlueAnt customer service as to when it was going to arrive, then this large box arrived the very next morning!  Customer service replied very promptly.

I was super excited, but also nervous incase it was an expensive dud!

My giant box opened to reveal a little styling looking perspex box inside which was beautifully packaged…

 

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