Patient Profiles: LASIK

Halstan W
56, Photographer

Treatment Type:
  • High Expectation
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): 20/50- 20/15
OS (left:): 20/50- 20/20
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): +1.50 - 1.25 x 172 +0.25 - 0.25 x 65
OS (left:): +1.25 - 1.00 x 171 0.00 - 0.25 x 31

Halstan W says:

I'm a photographer. My vision is my life. For years I could get by without glasses, but that ended in my mid-30's. I had heard about laser treatment for a long time, but never really paid much attention to it. Not that I wasn't interested, but my visual needs are so specific, and so critical, that I just could not imagine having this treatment. I felt that even if there were only a remote chance that after treatment my vision could be imperfect, it just wasn't worth the risk. I'm a perfectionist, and I guess that I either wanted a guarantee of perfect results, or nothing at all.

About a year ago, I asked my optometrist about vision correction. I was surprised to hear him talk favorably about LASIK, and about Dr. Wallace. It still took over 6 months to get up the courage to call his office and schedule a consultation.

I'm no expert on the medical profession, but I do consider myself a good judge of character. When I walked in to Dr. Wallace's office, I felt comfortable and at ease. the whole staff was great -- very friendly, very supportive, and sympathetic to my concerns. Dr. Wallace spent a long time talking with me, answering my questions, and teaching me a lot about the intricacies of the treatment. I liked his low-key, straight-forward, no-nonsense approach. Bottom line -- I felt comfortable with him, and with the office, and with the process of having LASIK.

The treatment itself was anti-climactic; no big deal, really. It was over before I knew it. By the very next day, my vision was crystal clear. I never had any of the problems with night vision, glare, or haze that I have heard some people have. Maybe I got lucky, or maybe Dr. Wallace is a better surgeon than most others. Maybe both.

My left eye did change a little several months after the LASIK, and I was nervous about having the touch-up surgery. Again, it was no big deal. Even easier than the original treatment. And my vision now is crystal clear.

In my profession, there is a wide range of talent among people that call themselves professional photographers. I guess that's why there are a lot of guys who shoot weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, and only a few who work with major designers on projects with gorgeous models. Dr. Wallace is a class act, and to me seems one of the best in his field.

I appreciate that.

Thanks, Dr. Wallace!


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