BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If you wear contact lenses or eyeglasses, you've probably thought about how nice it would be to be able to see clearly without them. Vision correction procedures are becoming more popular for cosmetic and convenience reasons. And today there are a lot more options for treating everything from nearsightedness and farsightedness to age-related vision changes.
Thirty-eight-year-old Wendy Powell has depended on contact lenses and glasses for 24 years.
"I could not see past my hand right here," Powell said as she held her hand about ten inches from her face. "Everything was a blur and I had been that way since I was 14."
For Powell, nearsightedness was more than an inconvenience.
"My biggest fear was waking up in the middle of the night and needing to leave the house, and not being able to get my contacts in or find my glasses."
Now, she says her vision is beyond perfect and that she sees more clearly than she ever has before.
"There's nothing I can't read or see now. I see better now than I ever did with contacts or glasses."
Board certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. George Thurber, with The Center for Eye Care, says iLASIK is the very latest in LASIK technology. He says it's 100 percent custom-fit to you and your eyes, from start to finish.
"You have an optically focused lens that is going 110 microns deep and making a perfect flap every time," Dr. Thurber explained.
This newer procedure involves a two-laser approach that he says has been shown to improve clinical results for more patients than the single-laser LASIK techniques.
"When I did LASIK the old way, I'd get 20/20 or 20/25 vision and my patients were ecstatic. Now if I don't get better than 20/20 or 20/25, I'm disappointed because the new system is so precise it translates into better vision."
He said the computer guided lasers correct your vision in just minutes with immediate results. And while health insurance generally does not cover the procedure, Powell said it was definitely the right choice for her.
"I could see literally when I sat up off the chair. I could see clearly and I was amazed."
Powell's vision is now 20/15, which is better than perfect 20/20 vision.
If you'd like to learn more about the iLasik and how to qualify for a free evaluation, Dr. Thurber is conducting a free seminar in D'iberville this Thursday night at the Courtyard Marriott from 7 to 8:30 PM. Seating is limited so you are advised to call 855-245-1087 for a reservation.