Alicia’s story: ‘I enjoy life’ after LASIK

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

By: Femi Cole

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There was a time when falling asleep in her daughter’s room meant Alicia Thoreson was in for a challenge when she’d wake up and head down to her own room.


She’d have to stumble around, searching for her glasses, then try to make it quietly out of her sleeping child’s room.


Not anymore.


After having LASIK eye surgery, Alicia sees her surroundings with more clarity than ever. That’s saying a lot, considering her long history with corrective eyewear.


“I started wearing glasses in first grade. I moved to gas-permeable hard contacts in fourth grade and I wore them all the way through my 30s,” Alicia says. That got tiresome, so she sought help.


Alicia consulted with Dr. Larry Meyer of BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists. He is fellowship trained in corneal and refractive surgery.


Meyer suggested LASIK surgery. The procedure is essentially this: A laser creates a flap in the cornea, folding back a small portion of the cornea’s top layer. Then a second laser reshapes the inner cornea. Once that’s done, the flap is folded back and locks into place. Reshaping the cornea improves a patient’s vision.


Like many considering LASIK surgery for correcting vision problems, Alicia had reservations about the procedure. That unease dissipated shortly after meeting Meyer.


“That initial consult was my first step of, ‘Wow, I think I can do this,’” Alicia says.


“He’s very thorough and he will answer every question you have until you have none,” she says. “He’s so calm and he’s real and he’s realistic. … I knew my doctor knew what he was doing.”


That confidence in Meyer’s ability was well placed, Alicia says.


“If I fall asleep with my daughter and I have to wake up a couple hours later and stumble to my own bed, I don’t have to stumble for glasses,” she says. “I just wake up and walk and I can see, and I don’t hit a door and I don’t trip down the stairs.”


It gets better, Alicia says.


“We’re a big water family and we’re water skiing and swimming all the time,” says Alicia, who lives on a small lake near Green Bay. “I don’t have to worry when people splash me. I don’t have to look away, I don’t have to rub my eyes and worry my contacts are going to fall out or displace themselves. I literally just function and just get to enjoy life without worrying about my vision anymore.”


Dr. Larry Meyer sees patients at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Green Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment, call 877-462-9465 or do so online.


Alicia Thoreson discusses her LASIK experience.

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