Patient Profiles: LASIK

Kayoko S
40, Attorney

Treatment Type:
  • Nearsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • High Expectation
  • Monovision
  • Nearsightedness High
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): counts fingers 20/20
OS (left:): counts fingers 20/20+
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): -6.25 -1.50 x 172 0.00 - 0.75 x90
OS (left:): -6.00 -1.75 x 177 -0.25 -0.25 x 05

Kayoko S says:

Doctor Wallace says:

Kayoko initially thought that she might want monovision correction, with one eye retaining good vision at close renge. Her optometrist and I discussed this, and we chose to aim for that result as a target.

Her LASIK was done in April '00, and while she did obtain the intended result, she was not entirely comfortable with the sense of imbalance that it created. We therefore performed enhancement care in September '00, to correct the 'near' eye instead for distance. She has maintained excellent vision and visual comfort at distance (without glasses) and at near (with drug-store-type reading glasses) ever since.

In my opinion, monovision is not often necessary for people under about 50 years of age. To find out in advance whether monovision will be well-received, we always advise that you try it first in contact lenses. The good news is that if we do aim for monovision with LASIK, we can always enhance at a later date, correcting the ""near"" eye for distance. Obviously, we and the patients we serve would prefer to achieve perfect results with one procedure if possible. If someone does need an ""enhancement,"" it is comforting to know that the objective can be reached, even if in the interim the patient has changed their mind about what the target or goal should be.