The Petersons’ story: LASIK is 'the greatest thing we ever decided to do'
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
By her own admission, Linda Peterson is a “pusher.” After receiving LASIK surgery seven years ago from Dr. Larry Meyer, ophthalmologist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Green Bay, she told anyone and everyone about the procedure.
“I’m not shy,” she says. “If there was an opportunity, I would tell them about my experience.”
Her persistence paid off for her new husband, Brett Peterson, too.
Linda convinced a once reluctant Brett to have the procedure done as well.
“I was pretty nervous,” Brett says.
Both Brett and Linda have been wearing glasses or contacts since they were young. Linda played sports and primarily wore contacts, but even those began to feel like a burden, she says.
“I just couldn’t stand it,” she says. “I basically had glasses or contacts all my life and I was just sick of it. Which is why I made the decision to have LASIK surgery.
Brett never got used to wearing contacts but couldn’t golf with his glasses, he says.
“It got to the point where I was either wearing my glasses or I was just suffering with somewhat blurry vision,” he says. “I could see, but not well.”
Linda was referred to Dr. Meyer by her eye doctor.
She underwent LASIK surgery approximately seven years ago.
She convinced Brett it was the right move, and Brett received his LASIK surgery from Dr. Meyer in January 2020.
BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists offers LASIK that is customized for each patient.
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.
“(The team) explained everything to me and was very understanding of my nervousness,” says Brett. “I couldn’t ask for better care.”
Surgery and prep took approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
“There was definitely some discomfort for me on the car ride home,” says Brett.
After a few hours it dissipated.
“The next morning, I woke up and it was amazing to see things I couldn’t see before,” he says. “I’m definitely happy with the change.”
Brett and Linda got married in Jamaica in March 2020.
Together, they were able to enjoy snorkeling, swimming and wearing sunglasses without having to worry about glasses or contacts or not being able to see.
“For me, the timing was perfect,” says Brett. “Going to Jamaica just two months after I got mine done. I really got to enjoy it. It was really the greatest thing we ever decided to do.”
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.