In Good Hands

Sterling reputation draws community’s professionals.

Even at the age of 70, Molly Snell still considers herself a workaholic. Lifeaholic may be the best way to describe her, though.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Molly Snell

A practicing psychologist for more than 30 years, Dr. Snell still sees patients regularly, and when she’s not seeing patients, she’s usually attacking life with the ebullience of someone half her age.
“I still snow ski once in a while,” says Dr. Snell. “But I’m like a fish. I love swimming and I love the ocean. I was a lifeguard when I was younger, and I’ve been a beach girl all my life.”
It was last spring that Dr. Snell first noticed that not only during her trips to the beach but during any trip anywhere outside, her need for sunglasses to diminish the sun’s bright rays had diminished.
“Everything seemed as if it had been a bit shaded already,” Dr. Snell explains. “It was like I had built-in sunglasses. Everything seemed to be a bit duller than it had been before, especially colors.”
Given her age, Dr. Snell suspected the problem might be cataracts. Her suspicion was confirmed about six months later when, largely because of its reputation, Dr. Snell sought out Center for Advanced Eye Care for advice and help.

Great Reputations

“I have staff privileges at two hospitals, so I know most of the doctors, and the doctors at the Center for Advanced Eye Care have an excellent reputation for doing great work,” Dr. Snell informs. “I still did my research, but I was very confident going to them.
“Not only that, but as a female, I enjoy going to female physicians. It’s a supportive thing that I like to do, and I know that ‘Dr. Sarah,’ as we like to call her, has a tremendous background and educational experience, so I chose to see her.”
Dr. Sarah is Sarah S. Khodadadeh, MD, a board-certified comprehensive ophthalmologist who specializes in treating patients with glaucoma. Upon first examining Dr. Snell, Dr. Khodadadeh discovered not only cataracts but evidence of dry-eye disease as well.
“Our eyes tend to get a little drier as we age, so what I initially did for Dr. Snell was treat her for her dryness,” Dr. Khodadadeh relates. “Then I had her return a couple months later to see if clearing up the dryness would improve her vision.
“When Dr. Snell returned, her vision had improved, but she still wasn’t where she wanted to be. She was on the verge of not being able to drive because of her vision problems, so it was clear that the time had come for the cataracts to come out.”
Dr. Snell previously had LASIK surgery, which left her glasses free. Her desire following cataract surgery was to remain glasses free. To meet that objective, Dr. Khodadadeh decided to correct Dr. Snell by giving her what is known as monovision.
“Monovision is where I put the artificial lenses inside the eyes and set one eye for distance so that she can see far away without glasses and one eye for up close so that she can read without glasses,” Dr. Khodadadeh educates.
“That was important for Dr. Snell because she’s essentially reading all day at work, and then driving at night and going out and doing all these activities, and she wants to be carefree if she’s out skiing or doing yoga.”

Glasses Free After 50 Years

Unlike Dr. Snell, Bill Stewart never had LASIK or any other type of long-term corrective eye surgery to clear up his vision problems. As a result, the 74-year-old active attorney has been wearing glasses to correct his nearsightedness for more than 50 years.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

After more than 50 years, Bill is finally glasses free.

Recently, after a new set of prescription lenses failed to bring the clarity he sought both on the golf course, where he was struggling to track his ball, and at work, where he struggled to see the computer clearly, Bill contacted Center for Advanced Eye Care.
As she did with Dr. Snell, Dr. Khodadadeh determined that cataracts were robbing Bill of the crisp, clear vision he needed. In his case, though, simply removing the cataracts would not allow Bill to regain the perfect vision he was seeking.
“Bill was special because he has a little bit of an astigmatism, which is a defect in the curvature of the cornea,” Dr. Khodadadeh explains. “The eye is not perfectly round. For that, we have a special lens called the toric lens that corrects astigmatism.”
Adding to the challenge of correcting Bill’s vision was the fact that he suffers from myopia, or nearsightedness.
“People who have myopia have very long eyes,” Dr. Khodadadeh educates. “That means they have much thinner retinas and are therefore more prone to retinal detachments and retinal piercings, so you have to be very careful when you do their surgery.”
To account for his astigmatism and allow him to continue seeing objects up close the way he had, Dr. Khodadadeh chose to fit Bill with toric lenses that were measured for distant and intermediate vision.
The results were even better than Dr. Khodadadeh anticipated. In addition to clearing up Bill’s cloudy distant and medium-range vision, his near vision was improved as well, leaving him totally glasses free for the first time in half a century.
“The procedure went very well,” explains Bill, who had his right lens replaced first and the left two weeks later. “By the end of the day on which I had each surgery, I was seeing fine out of whichever eye was done.
“One of the best things is that I no longer have to carry glasses around anymore. I used to wear them for everything, even reading.”
Dr. Snell is thrilled with her outcome, too.
“Suddenly, colors are so much more vibrant. The grass is greener, the trees are brighter, the sky is bluer. It’s really an incredible experience.”
Dr. Snell and Bill both praise Dr. Khodadadeh for her work and professionalism, Bill noting that “she is a very talented physician who does first-class work. I really don’t know how the process could have gone any better.”
But it wasn’t just Dr. Snell and Bill who were rewarded during the process. Dr. Khodadadeh says she was rewarded as well.
“I really like it when I can help other professionals in the community see better. We tend to work with a lot of professionals in our community, and it’s very rewarding to be able to give back to other people who are also helping the community.”

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