Like many people to whom I consult, Darryl has high expectations and high (though not unreasonable) standards one must meet, before he will trust enough to select a surgeon for vision correction. I understand completely. If anything, I would be at least a inquisitive, particular, and demanding as Darryl admits he was in his selection process.
Regrettably, most surgeons decline to spend the personal time with folks like this, preferring to delegate the process to staff or counselors. This is whee my particular approach to vision correction differs from others, and how my 'brand' of care is distinct from that offered elsewhere. At LA Sight, we (and I personally) will address all your questions, and endeavor to give you straight, candid answers. There is a lot of hype and marketing in this particular medical specialty, so there is ample opportunity for even the intelligent consumer of this care to be confused. We try to give clear, honest answers in preference to sales hype.
Like he distinguishes himself in his photography, Darryl also distinguished himself by amassing a veritable wealth of background knowledge before he emailed me with some preliminary questions. We engaged in a constructive back-and-forth, the net result being that he is very happy with the result of his care. He did have a rather rare form of astigmatism called ""mixed astigmatism"" but I assured him that this can be nicely treated on several modern laser systems including the Allegretto, which I prefer and use currently. Darryl was so thorough in his research that he uncovered an article comparing all modern ""wavefront-capable"" laser platforms written in an ophthalmic journal, an I thought it such a good explanation that we put it up on the Allegretto part of our site (See ""Wavefront Lasers Compared"").
So, in a way, we are both thankful we found each other, and are both the better for it!.
David A. Wallace, M.D.