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.

Jose D
36, Truck Driver

Treatment Type:
  • Lens Implant
Tags:
  • Nearsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Large Pupil
  • Nearsightedness High
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): Counts Fingers at 1 ft. 20/25+
OS (left:): Counts Fingers at 1 ft. 20/25+
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): -12.00 -0.75 x012 -0.00 -0.75 x161
OS (left:): -10.50 -3.50 x178 +1.00 -2.75 x171

Jose D says:

We provide dcare for Jose in early 2004.  In late 2007 I received this note from his wife:

Dear Dr. Wallace, I just wanted to say hello and "Thank You" for a wonderful job you did for my husband. We referred his sister in law, Nancy Martinez and she was also happy. I pass along your number to many people.  Keep on trucking, as my husband would say.

Nellie

Doctor Wallace says:

Jose was definitely a challenge. He is a commercial truck driver who was very extremely nearsighted (above -10.00 range), and had very large pupils (in the range of 8.0mm, both eyes). As if that weren't enough, his left eye is slightly "lazy" and cannot be corrected better than 20/40 in glasses or contacts. He was very interested in what could be done to improve his vision.

I told him that in my opinion, considering his high prescription, pupil size, and occupation (demanding very good quality night vision; with no glare, halo, or decrease in contrast sensitivity) I would not recommend LASIK. I suggested either phakic lens implantation using the Artisan lens, or removal of his natural lens and replacement with an implant lens more appropriate to his visual needs. He chose the latter option.

Unlike LASIK, where we can do surgery for both eyes at the same time, with intraocular surgery (any procedure that makes changes inside the eye) we would do only one eye at a time. We treated Jose's left eye first, as that was the "lazy" eye. He was so pleased with the results that he asked us to proceed with the right eye as soon as possible thereafter. We did, and are thrilled that the surgery went just as expected in both eyes. On the first day after surgery, Jose's unaided vision was 20/25+ in the right eye and 20/30+ in the left.

We did warn Jose that this type of surgical care would hasten the need for reading glasses, and that he would need them essentially right after surgery. With a pair of dime-store +2.25 power "cheaters" he can read the tiniest print on our reading charts.

We will follow Jose closely to make sure that he maintains his excellent vision for years to come. His wife and two beautiful children are delighted with the results of his care, and are happy to see him never use those "too-thick" glasses ever again!

Dr. Wallace