Physicians Turn to the Experts for Vision Correction

LASIK® surgery corrects dry eyes, hazy vision and headaches.

Photo courtesy of The Eye Institute of West Florida.

Danielle Schwartz-Wooster and Robert J. Weinstock,

As she worked her way through college, the thought of following in the footsteps of her father – noted glaucoma specialist Jeffrey S. Schwartz, MD – crossed Danielle Schwartz-Wooster’s mind. But only briefly. She wanted to do something in the health field, so she decided to become a dentist.

“My best friend’s father is a dentist, and after shadowing him at work for a while, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” says Danielle, who now

practices in South Carolina, where her work often forces her to wear a specialized pair of glasses that magnify everything she sees in her patients’ mouths. She recently learned that wearing those glasses can have some disadvantages as well.

“I wear contact lenses, and when I’m working, I have a tendency to get so focused on what I’m doing that I forget to blink,” Danielle explains. “Because of that, my eyes were constantly drying out, and my vision was getting hazy.

“There were even times, especially after a long day at work, where I’d come home, and my eyes were still dry and itchy. I was also starting to get a lot of headaches. So when I went back home last year, I decided to get a checkup.”

The Right Time

As she usually does, Danielle received that checkup at The Eye Institute of West Florida, where her father and cousin, Robert J. Weinstock, MD, work. After the exam, Danielle heard a familiar refrain from the two eye specialists.

“They’ve been telling me for years to get rid of my glasses and contacts and have LASIK surgery,” Danielle says. “I’ve thought about it, but I was always too scared. After giving it a lot of consideration, I thought, maybe it’s time to do it.”

LASIK surgery is a laser-assisted type of refractive outpatient surgery in which the corneas of the eyes are permanently reshaped, thereby eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.

A typical candidate for LASIK surgery is someone between the ages of 18 and 40 who is nearsighted, meaning they need glasses or contacts to see clearly in the distance. Danielle met all the criteria, and more.

“She was wearing magnifying glasses on top of her contacts at work, and that was making it tough for her to have highquality vision,” Dr. Weinstock states. “So, there was no question in my mind that LASIK surgery would work well for her.

“Another great thing about LASIK surgery is that it reduces the risk of infection you get every time you put a contact lens in your eye. There’s about a one in five hundred chance you can get an eye infection that way, and LASIK eliminates that.”

As he does with all potential LASIK patients, Dr. Weinstock began his work with Danielle by performing a series of tests to determine her candidacy. The tests measure the shape and thickness of the cornea and check for retinal damage, cataracts and glaucoma.

“Danielle qualified perfectly for LASIK,” Dr. Weinstock reports. “We came up with a plan to perform the surgery on both eyes, which would eliminate her nearsightedness, reshape the corneas and leave her with 20/20 distance vision in both eyes.

“And because she’s so young, the lenses inside her eyes still flex very well, which means she can still read up close without glasses. After surgery, she would have the best of both worlds, meaning she wouldn’t need glasses or contacts for distance vision or reading.”

Quick, Painless Procedure

LASIK surgery can be performed in a matter of minutes, but because of her work schedule, Danielle waited until the week of the July 4th holiday to have her LASIK surgery performed. The experience, she says, was even better than she expected.

“I had a lot of anxiety going into the surgery,” Danielle confides. “Even though I really wanted it, the idea was still very terrifying for me. But Dr. Weinstock and his team talked me through the entire process and were very comforting.

“It surprised me how soothing and relaxing it was for me just to hear their voices during the procedure. It helped to make what I know is a very detailed and complex procedure seem like it was one of the easiest things I’d ever been through.

“The surgery goes pretty quickly, and the whole thing is painless. It was a really great experience, and the results are incredible. My eyes aren’t drying out anymore, I’m not getting the headaches and my vision is a lot sharper.

“When I went back to work about a week after the surgery, I could tell right away my vision was much sharper. It was absolutely a great experience that I definitely recommend.

“And, of course, I’m going to recommend seeing Dr. Weinstock at The Eye Institute of West Florida. He and his team are very professional. They didn’t treat me any differently than they would any other patient, and I liked that.”

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