Patient Story: Joanna

This edition of LASIK Stories features Joanna, the receptionist/office manager for Vision Plus Optical Outlet. She recently had LASIK at Restore Vision Centers and was willing to share how laser vision correction impacted her life.

Occupation: Receptionist/Office Manager for Vision Plus Optical Outlet

Hobbies: Playing and teaching violin, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.

How long have you been thinking about LASIK? When a representative from Restore came to our office last year and presented what LASIK really is, my interest was piqued! It was in October 2012 that I decided I was going to do it.

Did anything hold you back at first? Just the thought of anything messing with my eyes…eek!

What made you decide to move forward? Was there one moment? I talked to the optometrist I work with about pros and cons, and he encouraged me to go for it.

What was your least favorite thing about glasses or contacts? I could never put contacts in my own eyes, and my glasses were constantly getting smudged.

What was the laser eye surgery experience like for you? When my husband and I heard about all the things which could go wrong he was a little concerned, but the knowledgeable staff put us both at ease. The surgery itself was not that bad! Dr. Walker was very good about talking me through everything and even said I could ask questions during the procedure.

How was your recovery? Everything has been excellent so far; the worst part was the irritation for a few hours after the surgery. But that went away pretty soon, and it's been great ever since!

What is your favorite thing about LASIK? No more glasses to constantly clean, and perfect vision all the time!

How has LASIK influenced your work or hobbies? I play violin in an orchestra, and it's been nice to be able to see the music all the time.

Would you recommend it? Definitely.

What is your advice for someone considering laser vision correction? If you have the slightest interest in doing it, ask your eye doctor to see if you're a good candidate. It's definitely worth it!

How long has it been since you got LASIK? Two weeks.

Do you love your vision? How is it? Better than perfect: 20/15 at my one-week post-op appointment!

Anything else you want to share? Dr. Walker and the staff at Restore are so helpful and very good at what they do!