Patient Profiles: LASIK

Jennie C
35, Avid Reader

Treatment Type:
  • Monovision
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): 20/400 20/20 (near)
OS (left:): 20/400 20/20 (distance)
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): +2.50 -1.00 x 80 -1.5
OS (left:): +1.75 -0.50 x 97 0

Jennie C says:

Dear Dr. Wallace and the LA Sight staff,

When I first came to your office, I was very apprehensive about having any type of eye surgery. I didn’t know much about LASIK, but I did know that I didn’t want to wear glasses anymore.

Dr. Wallace was very sensitive about my concerns, and was very thorough in explaining my options and the process of vision correction care. He offered that I might be a candidate for “monovision” (one eye corrected for reading and the other for distance), and he suggested that to experience what monovision would feel like, I should try it first in soft contact lenses. Apparently some people love monovision and some do not. He gave me the proper contacts, and told me to wear them as long as wanted, before making any decisions about surgery. He wanted me to make sure I felt comfortable with monovision.

I previously had obtained consultations at other laser centers, and in my opinion the ‘total package’ I found with Dr. Wallace and LA Sight was second to none. So, after confirming that monovision with the contact lenses was comfortable, I made the decision to have LASIK.

To put it mildly, my results far exceeded my expectations. I am so very happy and thankful that I can now see so clearly. I’m having fun admiring my one-week-old grandson, driving, and reading the newspaper, all without glasses.

Thank you again Dr. Wallace and everybody at LA Sight. You truly are a ‘sight for sore eyes!’


Jennie C.

Doctor Wallace says:

Jennie is representative of many people that come to me seeking vision correction. Some do not appreciate that LASIK can do a great job correcting fixed focal imperfections of the eye, but cannot restore adjustability of close focus.

Starting at about age 45 or so, the eyes lose some of their ability to adjust focus for close viewing. This is called presbyopia.

Monovision works by correcting one eye for close, and the other for distance viewing. Frankly, some people love it, and others hate it. Those that like it enjoy the broad range of focus, and are able to ignore the imperfections that monovision creates. Those that dislike it (and roughly 40 - 50% of folks that try it end up this way) note too much 'imbalance' between the eyes, decreased depth perception, and imperfect night vision while driving, among other things.

If a prospective client has experience with monovision in contact lenses, and is happy, the same results can be achieved on a more permanent basis with laser vision care. If you have not had personal experience with monovision, we strongly encourage that this be tried out on a "test" basis in contact lenses before making any surgical decisions.

We made these recommendations to Jenny, and we are as delighted as she is with the results!