My LASIK Story
Since high school, I had always worn glasses and for a good chunk of the time thought it made me look cool. That eventually faded and the constant need for prosthetic eyewear became a hassle in various aspects, especially playing soccer or swimming. Contact lenses were the alternative but that quickly fell out of favor as the associated intolerance and dry eye proved to be even more of an issue. Two of my siblings had underwent LASIK and would rave about how it was a “life-changing” experience. Being the pragmatic and skeptical eye surgeon in the family, I didn’t really believe it was that big of a deal. Additionally, I had read in detail about any possible complications. So, for sure the decision to undergo an elective procedure for me was a bit challenging. Then the pandemic hit and the masks made everything exponentially worse. I couldn’t even examine my patients without my glasses fogging. That was the last straw for me, so I decided to get an evaluation at a premier, refractive surgery center: Parkhurst NuVision. I discussed my decision with Dr. Parkhurst. He was very encouraging and I felt absolutely confident in his skills and expertise.
The experience with Parkhurst NuVision was phenomenal! I now completely understand what all the excitement is all about and wholeheartedly agree with what an amazing impact it does to the quality of our lives. From waking up first thing in the morning without having to reach for my glasses across the cabinet (most of the time pick up from the floor after dropping them) to not worrying about contact lenses and debilitating dry eye, it has definitely compounded my appreciation for refractive surgery. To this day, I still find myself with “ghost glasses”- where I reach to my face to adjust frames multiple times thinking I still have glasses on… that’s what I was accustomed to and in my mind automatically think how else is everything around me appearing crystal clear? How incredible it is to not have to worry about fogging with masks on whether it is in the OR while operating or even everywhere else during a pandemic. Swimming is something I enjoy a lot and for the first time in my life, I can see perfectly underwater. And the list goes on and on. I found myself saying what I’ve heard countless times by a refractive patient: I wish I would’ve done this a long time ago.
To anyone who is on the fence and wondering if a life without glasses or contacts is worth it, your friendly neighborhood eye surgeon is happy to help and discuss your individual interests and options.