Anyone who knows me knows that my phone is attached to me. It has its own name – it’s basically a family member. I have to read constantly for my job, whether that be my phone, computer, etc., but that became hard to do when my vision went blurry. It got to the point where I was even struggling to read a menu. I’m here to tell you about one of my all time favorite life decisions: LASIK eye surgery with McFarland Eye Care.
I went in to see Dr. Evan Newbolt when my vision became blurred last year. I have astigmatism, but I can see far away rather than close up, oddly enough. I needed what’s called monovision, a kind of rare formity. As any woman knows, men’s brains don’t work fast, so they wouldn’t be able to handle monovision.
Dr. Newbolt performed LASIK on me last year and made one eye able to see far and one eye to see near. “We gave her a few contacts to see what she liked that she tried out for a few weeks. We then brought her in to get precise measurements to know exactly what we were looking for,” said the man himself, Dr. Newbolt. “For the procedure itself, we provide a relaxant for the body and numb the eyes. There are two different lasers we use, one of which being the LASIK. [Heather] was laid down on a bed that moved between the lasers. During the procedure, the eyesight goes dim, but it’s only temporary. There may be some blurriness and irritation the night after surgery, but sight should be back to normal the following day for the follow-up.”
Everyone at McFarland was beyond kind and helpful throughout the process, but most importantly, they were cautious. They wanted to make sure that I would have the best results from the procedure. I had six appointments just to make sure that my body could handle what they were wanting to do and what they had decided would be the best procedure for me. “[You] have to have the right prescription and the right plan of action has to be in place to make sure we can be confident in the result,” said Dr. Newbolt. “We are very selective and use as many appointments as needed to insure great results.”
I appreciate the spectacular care they took in setting me up for the procedure and the attention after in making sure I would heal properly and avoid infection in my eye flap. “For all patients, we like to meet the day after surgery, the next week, the next month, and so on to ensure all is going well,” said Dr. Newbolt. “Heather’s case was a little different because she didn’t fall into the common type we treat. Patients in their 20s to 30s are usually the most easy to treat because their eyes are more able to adjust to the changes made. However, through the many meetings with Heather, it was obvious that this surgery would be very beneficial for her. I am pleased that everything went well.”
I will never need reading glasses and I won’t have to progress in prescriptions. My career is centered around reading and being able to clearly see what is on my phone and computer for communication, and I will never have to struggle with this again. To say that this was a life changing experience is an understatement.