LASIK/PRK at the Thompson Eye Clinic
Sean Wheelock is a professional soccer commentator for the BBC and Kansas City Wizards and co-hosts The Jimmy Conrad Show on ESPN Radio 97.3. Sean shares his LASIK/PRK experience at the Thompson Eye Clinic.
As a professional soccer commentator on television and radio, I rely tremendously on my vision to get things exactly right. Since I was 11 years old, I relied on glasses, and then later contact lenses for vision correction. My natural vision was so bad, that I could not even read a letter or number on a stadium scoreboard. Eventually, I grew frustrated with my contact lenses--everything from the fogging-up to the hassle of traveling with them on airplanes every week. I knew about LASIK and PRK, but was always reluctant to have the procedure, as I am so dependent upon my vision for my profession.
However, in consulting with Dr. Thompson, I was fully assured that everything would be done correctly, and entered the procedure completely relaxed and confident. Not only was the procedure quick and painless, it has given me the best vision of my life. I now see a crystal-clear 20/15 out of both eyes--much better than I ever did with either contact lenses or glasses. Plus, I no longer have the hassle of traveling with my contact lenses and solutions, or the worry that my contacts will become dislodged or fog-up while I'm on-air with a broadcast.
Having Dr. Thompson perform my vision correction procedure is without question one of the best decisions of my life. I could not be happier or more satisfied with the results, and I fully recommend Dr. Thompson to anyone who wants to have the best vision of their life.
-- Sean Wheelock
Alan Lowden, President of Cyrus Consulting and Perceptive Software Executive, comments on his experience at the Thompson Eye Clinic.
After Dr. Thompson performed his surgery, Alan Lowden, President of Cyrus Consulting, was in awe. "Without a doubt, LASIK is the best thing I've ever done for myself. I started wearing glasses when I was nine. I never thought that I'd be free from those annoying contacts and thick, heavy glasses."
"Thanks to Dr. Robert Thompson, I can now see the alarm clock when I wake up. I can see while I swim, water ski, or exercise. My initial and post LASIK treatment was second to none. Dr. Thompson is patient, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable. He is extremely meticulous and his communication is outstanding. I liked him so much that I referred my wife, brothers, and all my friends and family to Dr. Thompson!"
For those who are good candidates for the procedure, the effects can be life altering.
The principles for the procedure were developed almost half a century ago. Clinical trials studying the use of the excimer laser to shape the cornea began in 1991. Excimer laser surgery for the eyes has been FDA approved since 1996. With each pass the laser removes a minute amount of material (about 1/500th the thickness of a human hair) to gently shape the cornea.
Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a short procedure that takes place in three steps. Once the patient is fully prepped, the surgeon uses a device called a microkeratome to make a small incision in and around the cornea, creating a small flap of tissue about the thickness of a human hair. The flap is gently lifted, and then a sophisticated precision computerized laser is used to gently reshape the surface of the cornea. Once this step is complete, the flap is replaced. It's that simple!
Photorefractive keratectomy or PRK is the forerunner of LASIK and is performed by gently removing the cells on the surface of the cornea. No flap is required. The treatment with the laser is the same as with LASIK. Because there is no flap and the treatment occurs closer to the surface, the eye is left stronger. This is the preferred procedure for American military personnel.
Dr. Thompson also does advanced customized corneal laser surgery using advanced wavefront technology. This type of treatment allows for treating refractive errors beyond the spherical and astigmatic errors that are corrected by glasses. It costs a little bit more, but for those with higher order aberrations, it is worth it.
Post Operative Recovery
Because of the precise and minimally invasive nature of LASIK, recovery from the procedure is fast, with almost no pain, and the results are apparent immediately. Side effects that may occur during the week preceding the operation may include fluctuations in visual quality, halos around light sources, and a rough sensation on the surface of the eye. However, these symptoms typically subside. Patients often experience a significant "Wow" effect after the procedure. However, it is important to follow all of the post operative instructions, and to complete all follow up visits to maximize the success of the procedure.
Not everyone is a candidate for this type of procedure. Ideally, one must be older than 21 and have a relatively stable glasses prescription. Laser eye surgery can treat near sightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Dr. Thompson performs special tests to increase the safety of the procedure for his patients. To learn more you can visit the FDA LASIK Eye Surgery Website.
Interested in having LASIK/PRK eye surgery, give our clinic a call and schedule an appointment. Not sure if you are a candidate for the procedure or interested in learning more, call our clinic for a free screening examination with Dr. Thompson to see if you may be a good candidate for the procedure.