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Michael’s story: 'Blown away' by LASIK surgery results

Thursday, March 17, 2022

By: Alysha Schertz

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For approximately 25 years, Michael Tuttle had worn glasses or contacts to correct his vision.


“I had astigmatism in one of my eyes though, so (my contacts) were always really uncomfortable,” Michael, who is 35, says.


He had been thinking about getting the LASIK procedure done for the past four years or more, he says, but 2021 was the year he decided to “make the jump.”


He received LASIK surgery in April 2021, from Dr. Larry Meyer, ophthalmologist at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Green Bay.

Michael spoke with an acquaintance who had LASIK surgery done with Dr. Meyer and did some additional research online before requesting his appointment.


“My wife and I did a lot of research, and he was the best option (we) could find,” Michael says.


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


“(The team at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists) did a really good job of prepping me,” he adds. “They walked me through a whole bunch of information and answered all my questions about a week before the procedure.”


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.


“It was really quick, I was surprised at how quick it was,” Michael says.


The entire procedure took approximately 15 to 20 minutes, he estimated.


Four to five hours after the procedure, Michael was “blown away” with the results. He could see, “perfectly,” he says.  


“It’s awesome,” he says. “Just not dealing with any of the solutions, or my glasses or worrying about where my case is or ordering contacts constantly… it’s just been super convenient.”


Michael enjoyed his summer to the fullest without having to worry about glasses or contacts.


Being able to see, and not having the hassle of glasses or contacts daily, is just one less thing to worry about, he says.


“Now that I’m used to it, I think back to the hassle (I went through) dealing with contacts and glasses, and I’m just really excited that I did this,” Michael says.


Michael recommends anyone contemplating LASIK surgery schedule a consultation to learn more.


“After I talked to Dr. Meyer and his staff, I just knew this was something I had to do,” he says. “Once that information is laid out in front of you, and you hear from other people who have gotten it done…. it was an easy decision for me. He’s just an awesome guy.”


Dr. Larry Meyer is an ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal specialist and refractive surgeon with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists. He sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette. Request an appointment online or by calling 920-327-7000 in Green Bay or 715-732-4181 in Marinette.

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