Name: Dave Pollack
Procedure: Monovision LASIK, February 2022 at the age of 50
Originally from: Eastern NC
Lives in: Charlotte, NC
In his late teens, Dave Pollack’s eyesight started to deteriorate due to astigmatism. Wearing glasses while playing sports was difficult, so he chose contacts. However, 2-week contact lenses would begin to ‘stick’ and become uncomfortable after just 1 week, so dailies were the only option. Unfortunately, daily contacts have limitations on how much correction they can provide for astigmatism.
Dave had always thought LASIK would be an option for him someday despite his high astigmatism, however he decided to wait for the technology to advance in hopes of a better outcome. Now, however, he had waited so long he now had concerns about doing the procedure at his age. After talking with a friend, of similar age and circumstances, he decided to consult Providence Eye & Laser Specialists to better understand his options.
In February 2022, after his comprehensive consultation with Dr. Mozayeni, and completing a 2-week monovision test drive with contact lenses Dave felt confident in his decision to have Monovision LASIK. Monovision LASIK is a great option for individuals over 40 because it can reduce, or even eliminate, your need for glasses or contacts for both distance and near vision. Dave wasn’t disappointed with the results.
Q: Dave, we are excited to hear about your journey to having monovision LASIK! But, before we hear about that, let’s get to know you better. Can you tell us about yourself and your family?
A: I was born in Wilmington, NC and grew up in Morehead City. I spent some time in Atlanta, GA before moving to Charlotte in 2006. I have been married for 29-years and have 3 adult children.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: I enjoy playing a lot of golf, attending church activities and watching sports, but I really enjoy game night with family and friends.
Q: What made you decide to get monovision LASIK?
A: I had only heard about monovision a few weeks prior to my consultation at Providence Eye. I had fully expected to have both eyes corrected for distance and would the need readers. However, at my consultation the team at Providence Eye explained how monovision works and I learned that I was a prime candidate at my age and current vision correction levels. I did a 2-week monovision “test drive” with daily contacts to better understand how monovision would work for me. Megan followed up with me multiple times and talked me through some of the initial challenges I was having. It took a bit of an adjustment, but amazingly, my eyes and brain simply made the adjustment so I could see both distance and up close.
Q: What was the deciding factor that Dr. Mozayeni was the right surgeon for you?
A: LASIK is permanent, and I wanted to find a surgeon with extensive experience, exceptional customer reviews, and the very latest technology. In the Carolinas (and beyond), that led me straight to Dr. Mozayeni and Providence Eye & Laser Specialists. By nature, I am quite the bargain shopper. I look for coupons, deals, sales and such for about anything you can think of. However, I never once considered looking for a deal or special when it came to my vision. Additionally, Providence Eye & Laser Specialists continues to support you for life after your corrective surgery. I would highly recommend Providence Eye & Laser Specialists.
Q: What aspect of your life has changed most dramatically after Monovision LASIK?
A: At my 2-week follow up appointment at Providence Eye, I was already seeing 20/15 at both distance and up close. This was better than my contacts could provide and without any contact issues: sticking, floating, continual maintenance, etc. I now have perfect vision and won’t even need readers.
Q: What would you tell someone who is considering LASIK and is of that “certain age” where they need reading glasses?
A: If you are a good candidate for monovision, I highly recommend you be open minded and try it for a full 2 weeks prior to making a decision. Although vision correction surgery at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists is quite the investment, I cannot recommend them enough!
Q: Dave, here is our last question, what is your preferred vacation location, Beach or Mountains?
A: I grew up on the beach and I still love it, but I’ve grown to love the mountains even more.
To schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation with Dr. Mozayeni to see if monovision LASIK may be right for you, contact us.