I started needing vision correction in high school, and I went straight to contacts. I always had glasses as a backup, but the contacts were primary.
I had some allergies in my eyes that caused me issues with the daily contacts, but for me the decision mostly came out of my being a no-nonsense person. I kept thinking, “Why do I keep doing this?” It’s just putting a band-aid on a problem that’s fixable. I decided I was going to put the thousand dollars it would take me to get a new prescription of glasses and contacts for the year towards fixing the problem instead.
When I made the decision to get LASIK, I asked on Facebook for people’s thoughts and recommendations for local surgeons. The results were split between two doctors, Dr. Kameen and another surgeon at a chain LASIK provider. I decided to schedule consultations with both of them, and choose based on whichever practice gave me a better feeling.
I first went to the chain, and it bothered me that I didn’t get to meet the doctor during my consultation. In fact, I wouldn’t meet him until the day of my surgery. That made me uncomfortable, that I wouldn’t meet the person who I was supposed to completely trust until it was time to operate.
Kameen Eye Associates was a different story. As soon as you walk into Dr. Kameen’s office, he’s a class act. The way his staff treats patients, the look of his office, it’s just so professional. When I sat down with Dr. Kameen during my consultation, he told me what I should expect. Any concern I had, he put to rest.
I didn’t really have any big realization hit me, it was more so that I just didn’t have to worry. The biggest impact LASIK has had in my life has been as a parent of a young child who doesn’t always sleep through the night. Before my surgery, when I heard the baby monitor, I would have to grab my glasses, or choose whether or not to put my contacts in if I thought I’d be up for a while. Now, I can just pop out of bed and be a mom right away.