Patient Profiles: LASIK

Richard W
36, Dentist and Pilot

Treatment Type:
  • Nearsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • High Expectation
  • Large Pupil
  • 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): -3.25 -1.25 x 165 +0.25 sphere
OS (left:): -1.75 - 2.25 x 006 +0.25 sphere

Richard W says:

Doctor Wallace says:

Richard came to see me initially in 1998. At that time, I felt that his pupil size (8.0mm both eyes) and unusual combination of occupations warranted recommending against surgery. His interest in LASIK remained strong, and in 2001 I felt that the treatment capabilities of the available laser systems had advanced enough to help him move forward with vision correction.

One of my biggest concerns in Richard's case related his large pupil size posing increased risk for glare, halo, and/or disturbances of night vision. I certainly did not want to create any of these symptoms for a commercial pilot, who when flying at night must make very critical judgments in the subdued illumination of an airline cockpit.

I also did not want to reduce his comfort with close vision, which is important for his work as a dentist. Being 36 years of age, I felt that presbyopia was not a significant concern.

Richard had his care in November '01, and has done extremely well since surgery. He sees an almost unbelievable 20/15 (better than 20/20!) in both eyes, and states that he notices absolutely no glare, halo, or night vision problems.