happiness and satisfaction are only two of the
emotions that I felt on the day I underwent LASIK
surgery. The following day when I went to see Dr. Jacobs for
my post op visit, I was able to see "E V O T ", in other words, I
was reading the 20/20 line. I felt completely comfortable from the
moment that the surgery procedure was explained to me. Dr. Gary Jacobs
won me over with his patience and professionalism. He was very clear
in his explanations and answered every question I had. My life has
changed in such a fantastic way that I can?t believe I ever went through
the hardship of wearing glasses and contact lenses. I can see the
chalkboard at school and can sip a cup of coffee without worrying
about my glasses getting fogged up. I don?t have any trouble with
running in the rain and no more rubbing out those hard-to-see streaks
in my glasses. I don?t have to bother with carrying extra bottles
of artificial tears to soothe my eyes from the daily use of contacts.
I wake up and can see everything! I am truly happy that I had this
surgery and given the opportunity, I would do it again. Many people
can benefit from this amazing procedure. What are you waiting for?
hardest part of undergoing LASIK
corrective eye surgery was deciding if I felt safe and confident
in having a relatively new--and not altogether necessary--surgery
performed on that most precious part of my life: my eyes. This kind
of elective procedure is not something I would normally have chosen
for myself. But having poor vision--myopia complicated with blurring
from astigmatism--has been an ongoing source of frustration and difficulty
since I was a child. When I heard that more and more people were opting
for the surgery every year, I decided to look in to it.
am a very active person, participating in such varied pursuits as
bicycle commuting, rough water swimming, backpacking, mountaineering,
and the martial arts. Contact lenses for my prescription were very
expensive and I kept losing them when they popped out during my activities
or when I was handling them during extended hikes in the wilderness.
Glasses became fogged or rain-spattered, couldn?t be worn when I swam,
and once caused me facial disfigurement when they bent and impaled
the bridge of my nose during a bicycle accident.
I was very weary of corrective lenses, and had spent the past
few years preferring to face the world with poor vision than with
either contacts or glasses. I figured I was an excellent candidate
because the surgery could improve the quality of my life tremendously,
if only I could feel secure about the risks.
thing that stands out as most significant in my entire experience
with Dr. Gary Jacobs is the level of confidence and security
he and his staff inspired in me throughout. I had a lot of carefully-considered
questions about his skill as a surgeon and his past success with the
procedure, and in addition to his standard practice of providing pre-operative
education about the procedure, he took the time to carefully and honestly
answer my tough questions.
as he told me of the risks, and of the wide margin of possible outcomes
to the procedure, his experience with LASIK
and other forms of eye surgery, his extensive training in advanced
ophthamological procedures, and his attitude and professionalism convinced
me that he could achieve a very successful outcome in my case with
little risk to me. I felt fully confident in placing my eyes in his
the surgery, Dr. Jacobs and his staff made me feel so comfortable
and secure. He talked me through the entire procedure, telling me
what to expect and encouraging me along the way. When one of his assistants
at the surgery center took my hand and held it throughout the entire
procedure, I knew I was definitely in the right place. I was amazed
at how relaxed I was able to be, confident that I was literally in
surgery itself was only slightly uncomfortable when Dr. Jacobs stretched
open my eyes with a speculum to allow room to perform the procedure.
And the recovery time was amazingly short. It has been almost two
months since I had LASIK,
and the world I now
behold still inspires me with awe. Of the potential
negative effects of the procedure, such as halos at night and dry
eyes, I have experienced none. My vision is now just slightly better
than 20/20, but the numbers mean nothing compared to the joy of seeing
feathers on hawks? wings and reading distant traffic signs when I
drive. For the amount of benefit I have derived from this procedure,
it seems amazing that both the level of discomfort endured and the
cost could be so low. I am so grateful to be looking toward a bright,
clear future of vision without the burden of corrective lenses.