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LASIK for People with Active Lifestyles

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LASIK is a great option for those who enjoy an active lifestyle. In this clip, Garrett Wilson, one of the patient at Dishler Laser, talks about his LASIK experience and how he feels about his LASIK result.

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TOM MARTINO: If you ski or jog or you exercise regularly at the gym, you know how annoying contacts and glasses can be. And you know, one of the questions I get about LASIK that we haven't addressed yet is, what about athletes? What about me? Can I still do the things I do after I get LASIK? So we're going to put some of your fears to rest. Dr. Jon Dishler, my LASIK expert. Dr. Dishler is here and he has with him one of his patients, Garrett Wilson. So I guess, Garrett—you can come closer by the way. Come in closer to the table here. DR. JON DISHLER: Come on in, Garrett. MR. TOM MARTINO: Okay. You want to talk about Garrett because he's active. DR. JON DISHLER: Very active. He had very bad eyes. He was just telling me before the show, reviewing that with me. He couldn't see—I don't remember, he can tell us. But he is very active, does a lot of sports. MR. TOM MARTINO: Right. DR. JON DISHLER: We see a lot of professional athletes or, you know, amateur athletes. And it's just really—he has a compelling story. MR. TOM MARTINO: It's very important. DR. JON DISHLER: Yeah. MR. TOM MARTINO: And it can be—what was your case? Did you have contacts? Did you have glasses? Did you find them hindering for your basketball, volleyball, or your skiing? MR. GARRETT WILSON: Absolutely. I had to switch between the two. You know, I couldn't wear contacts all day because my eyes would get very dry and bloodshot. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yes. MR. GARRETT WILSON: So I had to remember to bring them with me, if I wanted to spontaneously go to the gym or play some pickup basketball, which is a real— MR. TOM MARTINO: [interposing] It's a pain. MR. GARRETT WILSON: --a real pain. And I didn't want to wear those Kurt Rambis goggles, you know, so. MR. TOM MARTINO: How long have you had this—the problem seeing? MR. GARRETT WILSON: You know, I've had—over a decade had pretty bad eyes. I mean, they got worse and worse up until the point of, you know, before I had LASIK at Dr. Dishler's, I couldn't see fingers a few feet away. And now I can see 20/10. MR. TOM MARTINO: Wow. MR. GARRETT WILSON: You know? And my eyes are less dry than they were wearing contacts and less fatigued than wearing glasses even, so. MR. TOM MARTINO: What was—why didn't you do LASIK sooner? MR. GARRETT WILSON: Well, I wanted to—I wanted to wait for my eyes to stabilize, one. And, you know, I did have some of the fears that a lot of people of, is well, it could hurt. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yeah. MR. GARRETT WILSON: Or it might take a while or I may not see right. Yeah, my eyes were dry already and I was worried the dry eye was going to get worse. And it's actually gotten better. And you know, the procedure itself was painless. I mean, I didn't feel anything. MR. TOM MARTINO: No, it's just a few second. MR. GARRETT WILSON: Yeah, within a day I could see 20/10 and really had no issues. MR. TOM MARTINO: What is the atmosphere? What—I need people to know the different kind of atmosphere you feel when you walk into Dr. Dishler's office. It's not like a medical facility, although it's every bit as technically advanced and of course, all of that, professional, but it doesn't feel sterile, it doesn't feel terrible. MR. GARRETT WILSON: No, it doesn't. There's very friendly people to greet you. It's very open. You know, they have a great view, which when you first come in you can't really see. And then, after it's done when you go in for follow-up you get to see his great view sharply and it's very comfortable. MR. TOM MARTINO: And the procedure for screening you? Thorough? MR. GARRETT WILSON: It's very thorough. You know, they checked my eyes several different times to make sure that they had the prescription right and that I was a good candidate, because that was another thing. I was worried that maybe I wasn't a good candidate because my eyes are so bad. But his technology seems to be cutting edge. MR. TOM MARTINO: And they map the eye, so each treatment is specific to you. And did you have any special issues with your eyes? MR. GARRETT WILSON: I believe I had a little bit of astigmatism. MR. TOM MARTINO: Dr. Dishler? DR. JON DISHLER: Yeah. I mean, he—you know, we see a lot of people like Garrett who were told their eyes were too bad for LASIK, you know, people with large pupils. MR. TOM MARTINO: Exactly. DR. JON DISHLER: People that do sports. Almost every kind of sport you can do with LASIK. And you know, Colorado is a very dry place. A lot of people typically will have contacts and then they'll start to have dry eye problems. MR. TOM MARTINO: And they automatically assume, oh-oh, I have dry eyes, can't do it. DR. JON DISHLER: Right, right. And people like Garrett, I mean, his dry eyes are actually better. Some people, they can be worse after LASIK, at least temporarily for a few weeks and we take care of that. But dry eye many times, if it's just mild, is better not wearing contacts. And people can go on to do skiing and active outdoor sports that they so much like to do here. For some contact sports, we recommend other procedures, like PRK, but that's for just very specialized people. But most people with our new thin flap LASIK— MR. TOM MARTINO: [interposing] Yes. DR. JON DISHLER: --we have the technology that we can do— MR. TOM MARTINO: [interposing] Bladeless. DR. JON DISHLER: --high corrections, bladeless, and so this technology is now matured to the point where virtually any prescription, as long as the person is healthy, has healthy eyes, we usually get good results. And, you know, I understand Garrett's seeing better than 20/20 in spite of having a really, really strong prescription. MR. TOM MARTINO: Garrett, you went in for an evaluation and there was no obligation, no high pressure, no cost. MR. GARRETT WILSON: Oh, no, not at all. I mean, I think that the pricing was very reasonable. Better than I expected. The outcome was better than I expected. And I went in thinking I had a 50/50 shot of being a good candidate. And they said—they did all the tests and said confidently that I was a great candidate. MR. TOM MARTINO: But that's the point is that you don't have anything to risk. There is no cost going on. It's complimentary. It's complimentary to look at you, to give you a full evaluation, to see if you're a candidate. Then the choice is yours. The price when you think about the amount of correction, the before care, the after care, you cannot beat the price. They even have financing available. And did you know, by the way, that he was honored in Gold Line recognition? It's called Gold Line. It's a group that evaluates all kinds of people and they did LASIK surgeons. He was one of ten. Did you know that? DR. JON DISHLER: He's a fund manager, so I'm sure he's familiar with Forbes magazine. They publish— MR. TOM MARTINO: [interposing] Here it is right here. He was in Forbes magazine as one—and we're talking about ten selected around the country. And this is not paid advertising. This is where they evaluate them independently and then put them in a magazine to honor them. And of course, vision is critical for every sport. And professional athletes that—or amateur athletes, many have already done this. Pilots have done it. Scuba divers. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: Really, is there anyone that can't do it, I mean, other—I mean, if they're medically correct? DR. JON DISHLER: If they're medically correct, most everyone can have this done if they want to have it done. You know, it depends on what the person does and what their lifestyle is, how important this is to them, how bad their eyes are. Obviously, it's a bigger deal for some people than for others. But more and more people are candidates for this than used to be, that's certainly true. MR. TOM MARTINO: Garrett, thank you very much for coming in. And those of you who are interested, right now, Dishler Lasik is giving away a free pair of binoculars with your free consultation. So even if you decide not to do LASIK or if you're not a candidate, you'll get a free pair of binoculars. Also, when you call Dr. Dishler, you might want to ask about clinical trials. He is involved in a clinical trial right now which is very important and you may be a candidate for that. Also, if you go to Dishler Lasik, the website, if you go to dishler.com, read about the contest. Okay? Read about the contest. That's all I'm going to say. You can get LASIK free, or at least $500 off just for entering. By the way, the best price guarantee, custom LASIK, both eyes, 24-month payments are available. All right? So you can always check it out, too, at martino.tv. So that's (303) 793-3000. (303) 793-3000 or dishler.com. Now remember, on dishler.com you can find out way more than just your complimentary consultation. You get binoculars. But you can also find out about these clinical trials that I'm excited about. And also, the contest, the video contest, where you're almost assured to get—well, you are assured to get $500 off just for entering and you could possibly get your procedure done free.