John’s story: ‘Awesome’ vision after LASIK

Thursday, May 11, 2017

By: Jeff Ash

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Enough is enough, John McClain decided.


Wearing safety glasses over his glasses while working at a Marinette foundry was a hassle.


So was switching from regular glasses to prescription sunglasses – one pair for work, one pair for play – when riding his motorcycle or snowmobile or driving his car.


So were contacts.


Seeking another way to improve his vision, McClain explored LASIK surgery with Dr. Larry Meyer, a refractive eye surgeon with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists. He quickly was sold on the idea.


“I did a lot of research online before I did it because I didn’t want just anybody doing major surgery on me. I was reading up on Dr. Meyer. He’s been doing it since 1995. That’s 21 years, almost as long as I’ve been alive,” said McClain, who is 24.


“I only heard good about him, and I said, you know what, I want the best to do my eyes because I only have one pair.”


BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists offers LASIK that is customized for each patient, but 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.


LASIK changed McClain’s life almost immediately.


“About two to three hours after the surgery, I was standing at my kitchen window and I was looking out at the street and I was able to read the street sign that I was never able to read before, even with my glasses on. I was like, holy smokes, I can actually read this. That’s how much my vision improved,” says McClain, who lives in Peshtigo.


“My vision is awesome. It’s better than it’s been before. I can see better. Now I can enjoy. I like to motorcycle, I like to snowmobile, so I don’t have to wear two pairs of glasses when I snowmobile. I like to drive cars, so I can do everything.”



LASIK surgery ended years of hassles for McClain, who had vision problems as a child and had worn glasses since grade school.


“I was tired of having to go to the eye doctor constantly,” he says. “I’ve been all through the glasses since I was 5 years old. I was just tired of it. I didn’t want to have that distraction.”


McClain has found an additional benefit from LASIK surgery.


"It actually made my self-confidence better because I don’t have glasses now. I think I look better without them,” he says.


Dr. Larry Meyer sees patients at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Green Bay and Marinette. Call 877-462-9465 in Green Bay or 877-229-2273 in Marinette or request an appointment online.

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