Patient Profiles: LASIK

Matt F
24, student

Treatment Type:
  • Nearsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Nearsightedness Mild to Moderate
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): 20/400 20/15
OS (left:): 20/400 20/15
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): -3.75 -0.75 x146 0
OS (left:): -3.75 -0.25 x 15 0.00 -0.25 x 88

Matt F says:

Doctor Wallace says:

Matt is currently an undergraduate at UCLA who aspires to military service. He and I discussed the fact that LASIK is acceptable to certain branches of the US Armed Forces (notably the Army), but a strict interpretation of

current policy by other branches (the Navy) might disqualify him from active duty. While these policies are under review and will likely change in the near future, the safest choice was for us to offer PRK to Matt.

He had PRK in January '03, and has recovered excellent vision. His great vision will now not in any way limit his choices or options.

This is a demanding time for all personnel who serve in the U.S. military. While our role in influencing Matt's options and career choices is rather small, we take this very seriously and treat each situation with the utmost respect.

We salute you, sir!