Kevin's story: Freed by monovision LASIK surgery

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

By: Jeff Ash

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All it took for Kevin Wolfe to change the way he sees the world was a tip from a friend.


Wolfe, a medical sales representative from Iron Mountain, Mich., struggled with long-distance vision and needed reading glasses for short-distance vision.


Then a friend suggested he see Dr. Brad LaVallie, an optometrist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Green Bay. LaVallie assessed Wolfe’s vision to determine whether LASIK surgery was appropriate for him.



“What they found through those tests is that there were a couple of options I’d never even heard of before, that I was a candidate for when it came to LASIK. Ultimately, I went with one of those options, called monovision,” Wolfe said.


Monovision LASIK surgery is a specialized technique that corrects one eye for distance vision to see while driving and the other eye for nearer activities such as reading.


“I didn’t even know they could do that,” Wolfe said.


LaVallie worked with Wolfe for about three months, then referred him to Dr. Larry Meyer, a surgeon with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists, who consulted further with Wolfe before doing the surgery.


Wolfe is thrilled with the results. He has 20/15 vision in his right eye and “can read the smallest line you can give me” with his left eye.


“For the first time in my life, I don’t need glasses. I can swim in a pool. I’m athletic. I can go running without contacts. You don’t realize what a headache glasses and contacts are, I think, until they’re gone,” Wolfe said. “I probably gained a half an hour a day.”


For those considering LASIK surgery, Wolfe offers this advice:


“Don’t wait as long as I did to get it done,” said Wolfe, 47, who started wearing glasses in grade school and had tried contacts in addition to his reading glasses.


“I would have done it a long time ago if I knew I would have this type of outcome.”


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