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.

Henry M
31, Journalist, producer

Treatment Type:
  • LASIK
Tags:
  • Featured
  • High Expectation
  • Nearsightedness Mild to Moderate
  • Nearsightedness
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): Counts Fingers 20/15
OS (left:): Counts Fingers 20/15
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): -3.75 -0.25 x 90 0.00 sph
OS (left:): -3.75 -0.25 x 95 0.00 -0.25 x 130

Henry M says:

Hi, Dr. Wallace,

(Note:  This first post was written 2 or 3 days after LASIK, and a second, longer post was composed about 6 weeks later, copied below)

I'm not sure if you are a golfer but I just thought I'd let you know that I took my new laser guided high-def vision out for my first post-op round today... with spectacular results!

I am a 15 handicap which usually means that I'll just about break 90 but never by more than a shot or two.

Today I shot 81 around Moorpark Country Club (a pretty testing track) and my eyes were comfortable at all times and the course looked so much crisper than usual - which added to my enjoyment - as well as my ability to read putts and just play better generally.

Getting LASIK from you is shaping up to be one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life.

Thanks for everything,

Henry

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Written about 6 weeks after LASIK:

I am back from Australia and have finally written my Yelp and Google review - please feel free to post them anywhere else you feel they may help you.  Here's a copy below.
 
Thanks for your life changing expertise!
 
Henry
 
Yelp review 
 
In summary: LA Sight is a fantastic place to get LASIK and Dr Wallace is a top surgeon with a terrific attitude. I couldn't be happier.
 
The details:
 
I am a TV producer and journalist, and former lawyer - so I think it would be fair to say that I never do anything important without researching it meticulously beforehand!

It took me about four years to overcome my squeamishness about the creation of the flap during the procedure - this now seems ridiculous because if I had known how straightforward the procedure was I wouldn't have hesitated to undergo LASIK and rid myself of contacts and glasses which are a hassle and in the case of contacts had ruined many a day by ""lost"" or coming out during a sporting activity or night out etc...
 
A few things I want to get across
 
- Dr Wallace is one of the top surgeons in Southern California... along with other big names like Dr Assil, Boxer Wachler, Caster etc. 

My research tells me that his outcomes are at the very top of the industry so when choosing amongst these elite surgeons I simply met with them and chose the one that I liked the personality of best.

I also felt that some of the other surgeons were charging a lot more money but that money was being spent on self promotion / marketing and extremely lavish offices.
LA Sight looks like an upscale doctor's office with a surgical area that is totally self contained and set to different humidity etc.

Some of the other surgeons worked out of offices that looked like high end boutique spa hotels - I didn't want to pay a lot more for that.

I paid $2500 total for both eyes - some of the other top surgeons charge $5000.
 
- If you can cope with eye drops then you can get LASIK!
As I already outlined the creation of the flap was my reason for waiting until the age of 31 to get LASIK.

Now I desperately wish I hadn't spent the latter half of my 20s juggling contacts and glasses. 

Nothing that happens to your eyes during LASIK feels as uncomfortable as the ""puff of air"" that everyone gets during a standard eye test for glaucoma.
 
- Don't be afraid of dry eye or halos.
The problem in my opinion with LASIK is that so much of the info about what it is like afterwards is based on incredibly minor issues.

Yes for the first few weeks afterwards when I looked at something very bright at night I saw an ever so feint halo around it - but this was nothing compared to the joy of having permanently 20/15 vision constantly without glasses or contacts.

Likewise I had to use eye drops 3 times a day for 2 months to keep my eyes from getting dry - but I never had any discomfort at all - I mean none. 
I would just get a very slight feeling that my eyes were dry and then I put the drops in and it was instantly gone.

In an attempt to quantify this I would say that on a scale of 100 where 0 is no discomfort whatsoever and 100 is being stung in the eyeball by a bee and 50 is getting sand in your eye on a windy day on the beach the feeling of mild dryness I experienced would be a 5 at most.
Crucially for me having tired eyes from contacts at the end of a night out could reach a 20 on that scale at times maybe more... and after two months my eyes are back to normal with no need even for eyedrops.
 
- Read the data and trust the odds 

I don't want to say that nothing bad has ever happened to anyone who has got LASIK - that wouldn't be true.

But Dr Wallace has a page on his website where he outlines the statistics of how his patients have fared in the thousands of procedures he has conducted.

After careful analysis and discussion with Dr Wallace I was able to conclude that the chances of me getting a "perfect" result of outstanding eye health and 20/20 vision or better were well above 99%.

Nothing in life is certain but this was an informed decision to work with a top surgeon and get a procedure that has richly enhanced my life - I would urge anyone who is annoyed by the presence of glasses or contact lenses in their life to take a free consultation with Dr Wallace and follow in my footsteps.

Getting LASIK at LA SIght is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Thank you Dr Wallace.

Henry M.

Doctor Wallace says:

Henry is an investigative journalist by training; he has produced pieces for shows such as CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. He has a keen intelligence and a good instinct for separating truth from hype, BS, etc.

He sought consultation with my office and at least one other very well-respected provider in the LA area. He had done extensive online research, as much or more than any other fact-obsessed prospective client contemplating laser vision correction I'd encountered in years. Like any good journalist, he was quite charming about it, but he grilled me extensively about all aspects of this care. We discussed all of the technology aspects (best lasers for treatment, laser vs. microkeratome for creating the flap, best strategies for optimal outcomes, etc.) and all of the personal aspects relevant to care. This was done both in person, by phone and by email. I recognize that each individual comes to a place where they're ready to make a decision about elective care such as LASIK according to their own process, and time frame.Henry's was very heavily weighted toward facts and relevant information (not all of which are easily obtainable online, as there is a ton of confusing info, conflicting claims, smoke and hype out there). We indulged his process, as we do for every prospective client.

Rendering the treatment was actually the easy part for us, which is also typical. At his 1-day visit he was 20/15 in each eye and was blown away.

Henry, thank you for being so diligent, circumspect, research-oriented, fastidious and thoughtful about selecting a surgeon for your vision correction care. Now, don't ever change (:->) !

Dr. Wallace