I have been an athletic “outdoorsy” person my whole life. My love of sports and exercise started when my mother introduced me to basketball. By age 15, I was an avid surfer and runner. I always wondered what it would be like to enjoy a crisp clear view of the ocean or to go for a run without my contacts drying out. I had three LASIK consultations, every doctor told me the same thing, “Loryn, you are not a candidate for LASIK.” I just figured that meant that I shouldn’t have laser eye surgery so I continued my life with glasses. My glasses began to bother me more and more as I got older. My job requires that I sit in front of a computer screen all day and by 3 PM I always had a headache. Three years after the first consultation, I finally made my appointment with Dr. Gordon. He made me feel so comfortable and explained why PRK was a good option for me. Dr. Gordon even had PRK himself!! Finally, I found the right person to help me with my vision.
I was extremely nervous leading up to my surgery, but I knew it was time. The staff of Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute explained that, unlike LASIK, I would need to take a few days off of work. I of course capitalized on this and made my family and friends wait on me hand and foot….yes, I was quite the patient. I spent most of the weekend sleeping and was a little uncomfortable for a few days. The hardest part was dealing with the light sensitivity so I relaxed inside with the shades closed. My vision continued to fluctuate a little over the next few weeks, but I started to see better and better every day!
The first thing I did with my new vision was take a run in beautiful San Diego with my two dogs. I could see all of downtown; the sky rises and ocean in the distance, what a breathtaking site. I can’t begin to explain what a joy it is to experience the beautiful world we live in with high-definition vision. My only complaint is I wish that I would have had PRK 10 years ago. I hope that my story will inspire others who are thinking about doing this, or any laser eye surgery, to do it sooner. Don’t wait another day!