“Dr. Biber performed my LASIK procedure on both eyes. I have been nearsighted for as long as I can remember.”
By the time I underwent LASIK, I had spent almost ten years agonizing over whether to have it done, fearful of experiencing a worst-case-scenario. Yet, I pondered it regularly as I faced challenges with my vision. Prior to LASIK, I would have to feel for my glasses on my nightstand because I could not visually locate them during the night.
I am a neurologist, and during residency when I was on call I spent countless nights on the floor after knocking my glasses off of the nightstand, feeling for my glasses on the ground. One night after my son was born, he was crying in his crib, and I could not see well enough to tend to him. I could not find my glasses either because – again – in the frenzy to get to my baby I had knocked them to the floor. It was such a frustrating night. Having a new baby is challenging enough, but struggling to see properly at odd hours to care for him became upsetting at times. I love to run, and there were mornings that I did not run because my eyes were too tired/dry for contact lenses, but it was raining and wet glasses resulted in smudged vision. I wanted to be able to run in the rain and to be able to see while doing it.
When I moved to Charlotte to start my career after residency, I struggled with performing eye exams on patients in my clinic. I had to remove my glasses to look through a different lens for part of the exam, and sometimes my patients were having to help me locate my glasses after the exam was completed. It was embarrassing. I knew Dr. Biber from medical school and I knew he would be honest with me about whether or not LASIK would really help my situation. He was at the top of our class at MUSC and was very meticulous and bright, so I knew if I was ever going to work up the nerve to have LASIK done, I wanted him to do it.
LASIK has changed my life for the better. I noticed about two months after the procedure that my vision was sharper than it had ever been with glasses. My brain had to adjust to seeing the fine contrast and contours of objects because I could not recall ever having seen with this level of detail. When I looked at the Charlotte skyline with glasses or contacts, I thought I was seeing normally. Now, after LASIK, I can visualize details in the buildings that never existed for me before. When I am on call, I reach for the pager, read the number, and call that number without struggling to locate glasses. I had my third child and the middle of the night feedings were so much easier because I just had to hop out of bed and pick up the baby. I can go running without concern about my vision.
It has now been over two years, and I have definitely experienced improvement in my quality of life because of Dr. Biber and LASIK.