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Dishler Laser LASIK Patient - Dharam Patel

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Dharam Patel, a twenty years old patient, talks about his LASIK experience and why he decided to undergo the LASIK surgery.

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MR. TOM MARTINO: All right. Let's switch here now to our segment on LASIK and whether you're going to the beach, vacation, hiking, the mountains, or changing your careers as we're talking about, you know what, it's better not to worry about glasses and contacts. And in some careers they're almost impossible. So what are you doing? More than 17 million people worldwide have reached—have gone for LASIK. Every year 1.3 million Americans have LASIK. Ninety three percent of patients see 20/20 or better. Ninety seven percent of patients recommend LASIK to friends. Dr. Jon Dishler, one of the foremost surgeons and respected surgeons in the country happens to be right here in Colorado. He was in at the beginning. He has his own surgical center. I can't stress that enough because when you have the most modern technology in your own surgical center, why not use it? DR. JON DISHLER: Why not? MR. TOM MARTINO: But I want to talk about some of the technology. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: And then, you have Dharam Patel, and he is one of your patients. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: We should mention that when you bring people on, they are never paid for testimonies. They are actual patients. They have actually gone through the procedure. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. We've tried to bring a mix of people here, younger, older, men, women, different careers. You know? Dharam's, you know, obviously a young guy in school, very active in sports. You know, he kind of wants to talk about what it's meant for him. And we think that's a great way for people to sort of see other people maybe in their own shoes. MR. TOM MARTINO: A 20-year-old college student. And why did you get LASIK correction? Were your eyes pretty screwed up? MR. DHARAM PATEL: They weren't that screwed up. I think it was more of the hassle of carrying the contacts around, having glasses everywhere. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yeah. MR. DHARAM PATEL: Going to the doctor every year to figure out and find out whether, you know, your prescription has changed, you need to change your prescription on your glasses, your contacts. MR. TOM MARTINO: But you were 20/100. That's pretty bad. 20/100. MR. DHARAM PATEL: Yeah, it was pretty bad. But the patients that Dr. Dishler sees is probably worse than what I've got. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yeah, some of them were way worse. MR. DHARAM PATEL: Yeah. MR. TOM MARTINO: And so, you see now 20/15. Did you ever believe that could be possible with just a few seconds of a laser on your eye? MR. DHARAM PATEL: Not a few seconds. I thought it would take a little longer than that. But it truly does take a few seconds. MR. TOM MARTINO: I know it. Now, were you a little nervous? MR. DHARAM PATEL: A little bit because laser, you never know what goes on with those things. MR. TOM MARTINO: And that's the thing. People think laser they think burning or they something. MR. DHARAM PATEL: Yeah, they think it's a light saber or something like that. MR. TOM MARTINO: Also, people think—I don't know if you thought this, but did you think, oh, my goodness, I won't be able to move my eye. I used—I practiced holding my eye still. But then you don't have to do it. DR. JON DISHLER: No. MR. TOM MARTINO: Explain why. DR. JON DISHLER: Well, you know, we wanted to talk about OptiLASIK today a little bit. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yeah, let's talk about that. DR. JON DISHLER: Which is—the amazing thing, the new lasers, what you're looking for is something that's fast. This only takes two seconds per diopter. MR. TOM MARTINO: Good. DR. JON DISHLER: So for correction like Dharam's, I mean, one, two seconds, it's a very quick procedure. MR. TOM MARTINO: That's it. DR. JON DISHLER: To do the correction, quick recovery, right, quick evaluation, very accurate evaluation. MR. TOM MARTINO: Wow. DR. JON DISHLER: And a lot of people are worried in the summer, gosh, I don't want to do this in the summer. I'm busy, I'm active. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yeah. DR. JON DISHLER: But with this new OptiLASIK, in fact, I wanted to talk a little bit about this magazine we have. But people can recover so quickly, they have it done, by the next day can drive, in a few days go back to sports, go back to activities. MR. TOM MARTINO: Is that what happened to you? MR. DHARAM PATEL: I got my surgery right before Thanksgiving I believe and during Thanksgiving I went over to Phoenix where my aunt lives and I think it was four days after surgery and I was playing golf. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yeah. MR. DHARAM PATEL: The only thing I needed was my sunglasses, which was nice. MR. TOM MARTINO: So this new laser, what—it's faster, it does more correction in a shorter amount of time. DR. JON DISHLER: Right, right. It's more accurate. Very accurate. MR. TOM MARTINO: And it tracks the eye. DR. JON DISHLER: Very fast. Eye tracking. Totally painless while it's being done. And because of all these things put together, the gestalt of it is that people right after they're done even can look across the room, see the clock, see the time, and by the next day, they feel like they have their contacts in. MR. TOM MARTINO: And it's all bladeless. It used to be, and some doctors still do it. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: They have to move—remove a flap with a blade. You don't even do that. DR. JON DISHLER: No. MR. TOM MARTINO: No flap with a blade. DR. JON DISHLER: No flap, all bladeless, quick, easy, virtually pain free. And so, a lot of people have questions about this and we're really happy to offer this magazine. MR. TOM MARTINO: Okay. This magazine is called— DR. JON DISHLER: [interposing] It's called Seen Magazine. And as a first step for people that want to learn about LASIK, we think this is really nice. It's got information on LASIK basics, questions. MR. TOM MARTINO: So it's all information they can get just by calling the office. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. And totally free, don't even have to come in. Call the office, contact us on our website, and we'll just give this to you. You can read through it. People really find this to be very, very useful to learn about this. MR. TOM MARTINO: All right, that is wonderful. And I want to remind you to call, because if you call, also, you can get a free iPod. Stay tuned for those details. Now, let's talk about these things. Ask your doctor how fast is your laser. Well, a doctor's going to say, it's fast. I mean, what do I know? DR. JON DISHLER: It's fast—well, it's not just fast. Fast and precise. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yeah. So what do—how do I know that he's telling me the straight scoop? What do I ask? DR. JON DISHLER: You ask what brand of technology do you have? MR. TOM MARTINO: Okay. DR. JON DISHLER: How much experience do you have using this laser? MR. TOM MARTINO: Okay. DR. JON DISHLER: And show us your clinical results. We're one of the few sites where we actually have our results available to review with patients. MR. TOM MARTINO: Oh, so that graphic that was just showing, it actually showed for the diopters how much—a diopter is a correction. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: A correction. And it showed the time on how much—so you could actually right there. DR. JON DISHLER: 2,100, that's about two to three diopters. MR. TOM MARTINO: Yeah. DR. JON DISHLER: So we're talking roughly four to five seconds to correct that amount of nearsightedness. The faster you can do it, the more accurately you can do it, the better you're going to-- MR. TOM MARTINO: [interposing] Because there's less chance for error. MR. TOM MARTINO: Less chance for the eye to dry out during the procedure. MR. TOM MARTINO: Good point. DR. JON DISHLER: Or anything else to interfere with the process. MR. TOM MARTINO: So you ask what kind of laser and how fast is it. And will this magazine tell you about the latest? DR. JON DISHLER: It will tell you the latest, it will tell you what to ask. MR. TOM MARTINO: Okay. DR. JON DISHLER: Again, we don't—this is an independent publication. MR. TOM MARTINO: Okay. DR. JON DISHLER: We don't make this. But it gives you the questions to ask. It tells you some of the things you may not want to ask. MR. TOM MARTINO: And what are we looking at here? DR. JON DISHLER: Here's a diagram of precision, because the eye has a curved shape to it and the laser has to be a smart laser. It has to know not only where to put the pulses, but to put more pulses or less pulses in the right spot. MR. TOM MARTINO: To properly reshape it. DR. JON DISHLER: Properly reshape it. Keep the eye with the natural shape, so that vision is good in the daytime, good at night. MR. TOM MARTINO: What about spot size? What does that mean? We see spots? DR. JON DISHLER: Well, yeah. The original lasers—and many people are still using these because they're FDA approved—had these real large giant spots that aren't really natural. This is like pixels, little tiny spots on the computer screen, uses very, very tiny spots— MR. TOM MARTINO: [interposing] So you can use different— DR. JON DISHLER: --and places them very quickly and you can put them just the right location. MR. TOM MARTINO: To customize it. DR. JON DISHLER: Customize to each patient, yeah. MR. TOM MARTINO: So you're treating smaller areas more often. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: Than a big area. Don't we have a video of one of his lasers? I don't know if you have it available, Jen. If you do, fine. But because it is so precise you can see it. And I'm going to ask—I want to ask Dharam here about when you looked up, how long did it take you? I mean, you—what were you doing when he said, okay, we're done, from the time he turned it on till the time he was done? What was the total thing? Maybe 10 seconds? MR. DHARAM PATEL: I think it was—I had to just go under one laser and then just go to another one before, because there's two different lasers. MR. TOM MARTINO: Right, one for the flap. MR. DHARAM PATEL: One for the flap and one for— MR. TOM MARTINO: [interposing] Yeah. And so, the whole thing was like nothing, right? MR. DHARAM PATEL: It probably totaled a minute of— MR. TOM MARTINO: [interposing] For both eyes. MR. DHARAM PATEL: Yeah, both eyes sitting there, laying down, getting up. MR. TOM MARTINO: Amazing. Yeah. And so—okay, then we want to talk about that spot size for the accuracy. DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: Then doesn't that avoid the halos and all that? DR. JON DISHLER: Right. I mean, you can look at the 20/20 results and they're great. And you know, a lot of laser centers do really good work. But we're trying to give people the latest technology, which will give them the best possible vision and the best possible night vision, because that's the key is the—not only the day vision, but the night vision. We want people to have what's called natural vision, the kind of vision that they would've had had they just been born with perfect eyes. MR. TOM MARTINO: So should we just call—I mean, call it by name, OptiLASIK. Is that a brand name? DR. JON DISHLER: OptiLASIK. It's not our brand name. MR. TOM MARTINO: Right. DR. JON DISHLER: But it's the brand name associated with this kind of technology and that's a good thing for people to ask for. MR. TOM MARTINO: Now, here is the offer. When you talk about getting your eyes done, please compares apples with apples, please. Technology is everything for accuracy. So the lowest price guarantee for the same treatment, that's right, and 24 months zero percent financing with approved credit. Restrictions apply. Call for details, okay? And then, if you—if you call for a complimentary extensive consultant and examination, this is complimentary in itself is a great deal to see where you stand. If you're a candidate for LASIK, even if you don't choose Dr. Dishler, they give you an iPod for showing up. And I think you have an iPod today. DR. JON DISHLER: And in fact, I've got an iPod here to give to Dharam. MR. DHARAM PATEL: Thank you. DR. JON DISHLER: Thank you for coming to see us. And you know, I also want to offer again real quick to your guests that I just was told this, till the end of July anybody that mentions your show, Martino, we'll give them an extra 10% off. MR. TOM MARTINO: And that's for our anniversary special, right? DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: That's what you were going to do? DR. JON DISHLER: Right. MR. TOM MARTINO: Okay. Because you've been with us the full time. Dishler Lasik. (303) 793-3000. So an additional 10% off, a free iPod, (303) 793-3000.