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Hannah’s story: ‘I can see just fine’ after LASIK

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

By: Femi Cole


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Corrective eyewear has always been a hassle for Hannah Meyer.

 

She struggled with glasses in elementary school.

 

“I played basketball and I remember my glasses falling off in the middle of a game, so I picked up my dribble and walked and picked up my glasses and they called me for a travel,” she says. “I was like, ‘This is baloney! I don’t want to be penalized for this,’ so … a year later I got contacts.”

 

She wore contact lenses for a while but soon grew weary of the routine that comes with them.

 

“It started to get to be a lot when I would go somewhere overnight and I’m packing my glasses, my contacts, my contact case, my contact solution, an extra pair of contacts in case those, you know, go missing or whatever,” says Meyer, who’s in her late 20s and lives in Green Bay.

 

In addition, her prescription changed over time, adding another layer of aggravation.

 

Time for LASIK?

 

Over all those years, Meyer consistently heard rave reviews for LASIK surgery.

 

“Everybody that I know who has had LASIK is saying it’s one of the best decisions that they’ve ever done,” Meyer says. “I was kind of tired of the inconvenience of … not being able to see clearly all the time.”

 

Could LASIK work for her?

 

She sought answers from Dr. Larry Meyer, an ophthalmologist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Green Bay. (The two are not related.)

 

“Dr. Meyer examined me and made sure that everything was good to go and I was like, finally, I’m gonna pull the trigger and do this,” she says. “I’ve been wanting to and now that the stars are aligning, I’m ready to get it done.”

 

LASIK eye surgery is the most commonly performed laser refractive surgery to correct vision problems. During the procedure, one 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.

 

Meyer says she was impressed with the doctor, his staff and by the surgical experience. She was kept at ease with casual chatter from the doctor.

 

“Dr. Meyer kind of talked through the procedure even as he was doing it,” she says. “Just the details that I needed to know to relax me, just so that there were no surprises – ‘Oh, you’re gonna hear a noise here’ or, ‘You’re gonna smell a little something from the laser here.’ You know, he just very calmly was able to just talk through the procedure. I knew what was going on.”

 

Meyer also appreciated the constant affirmation from the doctor’s LASIK team.

 

“It was, ‘Are you OK? Do you need anything?’ … Having those little things to really make it seem super seamless.”

 

Meyer laughs about having had to again wear eyewear after LASIK, this time for protection.

 

“Immediately after, they tell you that you’re going to have some light sensitivity so they give you these really cool goggles,” she says. “They’re so cool. They’re kinda like your basketball goggles that people with glasses need to wear, but they’re super tinted.”

 

 

The goggles protect a LASIK patient’s eyes from bright light and against the patient rubbing their eyes too soon after surgery.

 

Great patient outcome

 

The morning after her LASIK surgery, Meyer noticed her vision had improved significantly.

 

“It was a very surreal experience,” she says. “I naturally went to grab my glasses off my nightstand and I didn’t need to. … I can see just fine.”

 

She doesn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Meyer for others seeking LASIK services.

 

“He’s one of the best in the biz for LASIK and … he lived up to that expectation,” she says.

 

Dr. Larry Meyer sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment, call 920-327-7000 in Green Bay or 715-732-4181 in Marinette or do so online.

 

 

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