Sight-Saving Stories

Dr. Andrew Velazquez

By Andrew Velazquez, MD

This morning I saw several happy LASIK patients.  Mixed in with these patients were more patients who had recently undergone cataract surgery and even a patient or two who has had corneal transplant surgery.  This is what I love about my job:  it doesn’t matter what the problem is with a patient, we can usually offer something, whether it’s surgery or simply glasses, to improve his vision.  Technology has advanced so rapidly in the last several years that surgery that was once considered somewhat risky has become routine.

For a lot of patients, it’s simply letting them blurry black framesthrow away their glasses and/or contact lenses after they’ve had LASIK.  These people may not know what it’s like to wake up in the morning and see the alarm clock without reaching for glasses.  Or, they may not know what it’s like to be woken in the middle of the night by a sick child and not have to reach for a pair of glasses before they ever get out of bed.

Then there are the patients who get their first pair of glasses which opens up an entirely new world to them.  Often, they don’t know what they’re missing until they put on those glasses.  The chalkboard might be a little fuzzy from the back of the room, but that’s about it.  Then suddenly, the trees have leaves, those street signs seem so much clearer and it’s easier to hit the baseball.

The same can be said about cataract surgery, i.e. cataracts are a natural change to the lens that is so gradual, patients often don’t realize their vision has dropped.  Undergoing surgery opens up a new world they didn’t realize was missing.  Restoring their ability to function independently, whether it’s driving or reading medication labels, is one of the favorite things about what I do.


Some patients benefit from corneal transplant surgery.  This one of those procedures that has truly changed our approach to cornea surgery.  The way we do it now is much simpler, and safer with a quicker recovery than in the past.  Again, patients are always appreciative when we’re able to restore their ability to function independently.

We offer the latest procedures at Alabama Vision Center and will continue to do so.  If you have any questions or would like to be seen for an evaluation or second opinion, please call us to schedule an appointment.  I look forward to seeing what changes come about in the future and providing the latest technology to my patients.

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