Patient Profiles 

One of the best ways to learn about vision correction is to talk to, read about, and learn from people who have already had similar care. We invite you to browse here a very broad selection of profiles about our patients.

Our profiles include data on:

  1. Unaided vision before and after treatment;

  2. Prescription before and after treatment;

  3. Age, occupation, and photo (if provided);

  4. Certain special case concerns;

  5. Comments from patients; and

  6. Comments from Dr. Wallace.

We invite you to browse by the various treatment types listed in the 'right rail' (column at right).  Or, to review all patient profiles, simply select one of the featured patients, then the "Next" or "Previous" tabs on the individual profile pages.

These are real people, and their letters speak for themselves. To respect and protect the privacy of these patients, we have identified them only by first name in the letters published here.

Michael R
35, Graphic Designer

Treatment Type:
  • PRK
  • Nearsightedness
  • High Expectation
  • 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): -11.50 -0.50 x 016 0
OS (left:): -11.00 -0.25 x 168 -0.25 sph

Michael R says:

Doctor Wallace says:

Michael is a very talented graphic designer with a very strong nearsighted prescription. With myopia in the -11.00 range he was near the uppermost limit of my comfort zone for correction by laser sculpting. We determined that in fact he was not a candidate for LASIK, due to the depth (amount) of sculpting required to correct this high-range prescription. I offered him either surface treatment (aka "PRK") or the option of having what we call "phakic lens implantation" ("PLI," previously called an "intraocular contact lens").

With PRK, the laser treatment is rendered after removing the front lining cells covering the collagen layer of the cornea. With phakic lens implant, a small lens is inserted just behind the cornea. Both are safe and effective methods of correcting higher-range nearsightedness. Michael opted for PRK.

The advantage of PRK is that treatment is rendered to slightly more superficial part of the cornea than with LASIK. The disadvantage is that it can be associated with several days of discomfort, and with a slower recovery of sharpest vision compared to LASIK. Once we got Michael through the first 3 days of healing, he was comfortable, but there were some rocky moments in the first and second day after treatment. We are all pleased that he now has sharp, comfortable 20/20 vision in both eyes.

Dr. Wallace