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.

Robert S
66, Retired

Treatment Type:
  • Bioptics
Tags:
  • High Expectation
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
Pre/Post Unassisted Vision
  Pre-UCVA Post-UCVA
OD (right): hand motions 20/25
OS (left:): hand motions 20/25
Pre/Post Refractive
  Pre-Refractive Post-Refractive
OD (right): +8.50 - 2.00 x 85 +1.00 - 1.25 x 78
OS (left:): +9.50 - 2.75 x 90 +1.25 - 1.75 x 100

Robert S says:

May 16, 1998

Dear Dr. Wallace,

The surgery you performed on me has made a difference in the quality of my life. After wearing glasses since I was 4 years old, I do not have to rely on them any more.

You and your staff were very caring and took the time to explain all the procedures you were going to perform. I appreciate how willing all of you were to answer all the questions my wife and I had regarding the eye surgery.

Thank you for all your concern and care and for helping me to see without glasses.

Sincerely,

Robert Stone

Doctor Wallace says:

Robert had an unusually extreme amount of farsightedness, combined with early cataracts in both eyes. For him, the clear choice was to perform cataract surgery with lens implantation.

LASIK, while an excellent surgical option for mild to moderate farsightedness, is not my first choice for higher amounts of farsightedness, especially in this age range.

While we do perform LASIK typically for both eyes at the same time, this is not done for cataract surgery. We typically can schedule the two surgeries several weeks apart.

Cataract surgery, properly performed, is one of the safest of all surgical procedures, and has very high success rates, approaching 99%. Robert's example is quite typcial. In addition to removing the cataract, proper calculation of the lens implant strength allows us to dramatically reduce or sometimes completely eliminate any pre-existing prescription.

In Robert's case, the prescription after cataract surgery enabled him to have very decent vision without correction, though it wasn't "crystal" clear. In July of '02 he inquired whether LASIK could 'fine-tune' the vision, and I told him that it definitely could. Being a perfectionist, he asked me to proceed and we did so.

After LASIK in August '02, Robert's unaided distance vision is now a clear "20/20" in each eye, and he is delighted that he needs no correction for distance and only dimestore reading glasses for near.