Tomorrow it will be 3 weeks since I had lasik with Dr. Holzman @ TLC Tysons Corner, and I am a 100% satisfied patient. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience over these few months (had to go through a 2 month glasses period since I had used contacts for 2 decades). Wearing the glasses part was the most difficult part of the entire process, everything else was a really smooth experience.
One of the best things that I liked was a flat fee that covers all visits, post op checkups, etc. TLC facility is very nice – enjoyed all the time I spent there. (Nice teas and coffees ).
The most interesting part for me was how I got to TLC on the day of the surgery I took a bus from home to Vienna metro, metro from Vienna to Dunn Loring, a bus from Dunn Loring to Tysons, and then walked about half a mile. After the surgery, my good friend Tim gave me a ride back home. If you are reading this, shaking your head and thinking – jeez, I could have just taken a cab, then I will need to educate you a bit on my theory of relaxation (you can start here).
OK, so what about those side effects? Well, I had read a lot about halos, starbursts, tridents, wrigleys, sprys, etc (oh wait, some of them are chewing gums). And those side effects were really of much more importance to me than 20/20 vision itself. After my procedure, at least so far, I have had none of those side effects, and I am a happy camper. If at all anything (stop the shouting – I know you want to hear at least one!), I can only say that bright lights feel a tiny bit “uncomfortable”. That is it. And keep in mind, it has been 20 days exactly so far. My eyes are probably still healing. One interesting thing that I asked Dr. Burr after the surgery was – can a doctor find out if a person had had lasik simply by looking at their eyes, say a year after lasik? And her answer (which makes sense to me) was that it just depends on how the flap heals. Just like when someone get cuts or wounds, sometimes they can heal so well that after a few months it is impossible to know whether or not they had a cut, and in other cases, a visible scar remains (which may not bother in any other way). Similarly, for lasik, in some cases the eyes can heal fairly well so that all scarring can go away. My one week post check up showed good healing of the flap, and her prognosis was that it would heal completely, and I am happy about that.
Overall, I can say that Dr. Holzman is a great doctor, makes you feel comfortable and relaxed about the entire procedure. If you are in the DC area and are considering lasik, I would highly recommend him.