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.

Peter S
64, Teacher

Treatment Type:
  • Lens Implant
Tags:
  • High Expectation
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): 20/400 20/20
OS (left:): 20/400 20/20-
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): +3.00 -0.25 x081 0.25
OS (left:): +3.25 -0.75 x180 -0.50 -0.50 x163 (target -0.50)

Peter S says:

Doctor Wallace says:

Peter is a fun-loving guy with a great sense of humor, but he carries a high level of expectation in matters pertaining to his vision. He wanted to explore the option of LASIK, which would have been possible, but I instead advised cataract-style surgery for him, after reviewing his particular situation.

In my opinion, cataract-style surgery achieves slightly better quality of vision than LASIK, for many people in Peter's age range and starting prescription. This means slightly better vision at night, with less potential glare and halo, than with the best that LASIK can offer.

With both types of surgery, I tell patients that we are endeavoring to eliminate the distance prescription but are not eliminating glasses altogether -- reading glasses will still be necessary afterwards (that is, unless we target monovision as a goal). We talked about this at length, and Peter decided to have cataract-style surgery.

Now, while he does wear reading glasses (and the photo shows them hanging around his neck on a "keeper") he is thrilled overall with his results.