Our Goal: To Make our Patients “20/HAPPY”!

LASIK patients come in all ages & professions, with varying prescriptions and correction needs. We spend a lot of time getting to know our patients so that we can give them vision that makes them 20/HAPPY!

Following are profiles of a few LASIK patients who each had unique goals.

30 year old Sports Announcer – Keen eyesight was essential to this John, a play-by-play sports announcer. He was never able to wear contacts lenses effectively due to an astigmatism in both eyes. LASIK was something he thought about for a long time, but was worried that his astigmatism would keep him from being a candidate.

Custom Vue Wavescan is extremely effective in correcting both regular and irregular astigmatisms. During a break in the middle of the season, John had LASIK surgery with us. The clarity of his vision was improved incredibly. He was able to see details on the field better than he had even seen before.

22-Year woman – Angelina’s sight had been very poor since she was a small child. She had to wear thick glasses to correct both nearsightedness and a large astigmatism in both eyes. As she grew older, her mother spoke to the doctors about surgical vision correction for her daughter. Contact lenses were never an option for her, since her astigmatism, the irregular curvature of her eye, made lens fitting difficult.  The doctors explained that Angelina would have to wait until she was at least 21 years old to have LASIK.  So her mother started putting away a little bit of money each year. When Angelina turned 21, her mother was able to give her the gift of LASIK.

40 Year-old Hunter:  Hunting in unpredictable outdoor conditions with thick glasses created lots of problems for Carl.  His glasses would fog up, or be spattered with rain, making it impossible for him to see well through the sight on his rifle. He couldn’t tolerate contact lenses and he was frustrated with his glasses.  After LASIK surgery, he had great vision that allowed him to see clearly despite the weather.  He was able to enjoy his favorite hobby with no obstructions.

50 Year old Nurse:  The dryness of the hospital air made wearing contacts impossible for Dawn, an ER nurse.  She was frustrated with taking her glasses on and off to see her patients and her charts.  The solution was LASIK with a slight under-correction which gave her good distance vision, and allowed her to see up close for computer work.  Although she knew she would need reading glasses for fine print in the future, her solution worked perfectly for Dawn and her patients!

Eye macro with test vision chart

Patients who are candidates for LASIK may be have one of these vision issues. They could be nearsighted (Myopia), farsighted (Hyperopia) and/or have an an irregular curvature of their eye (Astigmatism).

Human normal eye vision

 

Normal Vision:

With normal vision, images focus properly on the retina.

 

 

 

1. Myopia: orMyopia, vision disorder nearsightedness

The eye is too long.  Images focus in front of the retina.  With a myopic patient, the surgeon uses the laser treatment to make the eye shorter, so that images focus clearly on the retina.

 

 

 

Hyperopia, vision disorder

2. Hyperopia or Farsightedness

The eye is too short. Images focus behind the retina.  With a hyperopic patient, the surgeon uses the laser treatment to reshape the cornea, so the eye is longer, so that images focus properly on the retina.

 

 

Any of these conditions can have an additional visual issue, astigmatism.

Astigmatism eyesight disorder 3. Astigmatism or Irregular Shape of the Eye

With Astigmatism, the cornea is shaped like a football, instead of like a basketball. Images focus on multiple spots on the retina, causing blurred vision.  With an astigmatic patient, the surgeon uses the laser treatment to reshape the cornea so that images focus precisely in one spot on the retina for clear vision.