Patient Profiles 

One of the best ways to learn about vision correction is to talk to, read about, and learn from people who have already had similar care. We invite you to browse here a very broad selection of profiles about our patients.

Our profiles include data on:

  1. Unaided vision before and after treatment;

  2. Prescription before and after treatment;

  3. Age, occupation, and photo (if provided);

  4. Certain special case concerns;

  5. Comments from patients; and

  6. Comments from Dr. Wallace.

We invite you to browse by the various treatment types listed in the 'right rail' (column at right).  Or, to review all patient profiles, simply select one of the featured patients, then the "Next" or "Previous" tabs on the individual profile pages.

These are real people, and their letters speak for themselves. To respect and protect the privacy of these patients, we have identified them only by first name in the letters published here.

Elda P
29, Retail Sales

Treatment Type:
  • PRK
  • Nearsightedness
  • Featured
  • Nearsightedness High
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): Counts Fingers 20/20
OS (left:): Counts Fingers at 1 ft. 20/15
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): -11.75 -0.50 x 011 +0.25 -0.50 x 172
OS (left:): -10.25 -0.75 x 180 +0.50 -0.25 x 122

Elda P says:

Doctor Wallace says:

Some people become concerned when I advise PRK in preference to LASIK. There is a widely-held public perception that for some reason, PRK ""isn't as good as"" LASIK. I hope that Elda's profile will help put those concerns to rest.

I advised PRK for Elda in part because of her slightly thin corneas, and in part due to her very high prescription. Sculpting to a depth sufficient to fully correct her prescription, combined with the average thickness of a LASIK flap, might in her case have created some long-term concerns about stability of her corneas and her vision. Since in PRK there is no flap, this issue becomes moot.

Elda is even more beautiful in person than her photo reflects, and it is a true pleasure to see her flash a big smile when she comes in for her check-ups. She's off next week to Costa Rica for a surfing trip, and we wish her great weather, a big swell, and safe travels. We know she'll have no trouble seeing the waves with her new, nearly bionic vision.