46 posts categorized "Patient Experiences"

June 01, 2010

Treating Astigmatism: No Distace Glasses After Cataract Surgery With Toric IOL

Paul Cooper was a nearsighted patient with astigmatism who developed cataracts.  He has spent much of his life dependent on glasses.  After consultation, Mr. Cooper opted to have a toric IOL implanted during his cataract surgery.  This allowed him the best possible spectacle free vision.  One day after the surgery, Mr Cooper is seeing 20/20 and anxiously awaiting surgery on the second eye.

Mr. Cooper was kind enough to share his experience with us at EyeCare 20/20:

May 24, 2010

WDHA Fan Loves Her LASIK at EyeCare 20/20

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We have had a lot of success treating many of WDHA's DJs and fans with LASIK.  I received this wonderful note today after seeing a DHA fan one month after her surgery:

May 24, 2010

Dear Dr. Silverman,

I want to thank you for the LASIK surgery I had last month.  I had been wearing contats for the past 30 years and when my doctor told me I could no longer wear them every day I didn't know what I would do.  So my husband and I decided to get a consultation to see if I would be a good candidate for the LASIK procedure.  I wanted to give EyeCare 20/20 a call since I heard a lot about them on my favorite radio station WDHA.  As soon as we walked in we felt welcomed and at ease.  Once we met you and saw the facility, we knew that this was where we wanted to be.  The surgery was quick and you explained each step while my husband was viewing the whole procedure on a screen outside the operating room.  I chose to have the mono vision since I do a lot of computer work and I was finding the need for readers as well.  As soon as the LASIK was complete, I could see things better than I even remember.  Everyday my vision is improving and my eyes are adjusting to the mono vision.

I am forever grateful to Dr. Silverman, Barbara, Keri, and the rest of the EyerCare 20/20 staff for a wonderful experience.

Thank you,



May 12, 2010

Professional Hockey Ref Scott Cherrey Loving His LASIK 1 Year Later!


I received a very nice letter from Professional Hockey Referee, Scott Cherrey.  Its been 1 year since Scott took advantage of our LASIK the Refs program.  I was lucky enough to see Scott during the season, after he reffed a Devils game.  He was loving his new vision!

Here is a copy of Scott's letter:

To Dr. Cary Silverman, Keri McAuliffe, and & all the staff at Eyecare 20/20:
It has been 1 year (exactly today) since my lasik eye surgery at Dr. Silverman's office.  It is unbelievable how having the procedure has changed my life!  Not just for my job as an on ice official, but how it has effected my day to day life.  It has been unreal how easily accustomed I have become to life without glasses, and not having to fuss with contact lenses.  I was especially thankful during allergy season this past spring, not having to deal with itchy, scratchy contact lenses bugging my eyes.  Also, for my job I travel alot by airplane, it is so nice to not have to worry about dry contact lenses while in flight.  These little things are all issues that I no longer have to worry about.  Gone are the days of waking up in the morning and seeing a blurry alarm clock, or poking around trying to find my glasses to watch tv from bed.
I recently completed my one year 'post-op' check up with my local optometrist.  I am proud to inform you that my eye sight is better then 20/20!!  My optometrist commented that I read lines further down the eye chart then I ever had done in all my years getting check ups with him.  He was very impressed, and I was equally as gratified knowing I done the right thing by getting lasik surgery done at Eyecare 20/20!
Forever grateful!
Scott Cherrey
Professional Hockey Official - #50

May 06, 2010

"Magic Wand": Driving at 92 Thanks to Cataract Surgery!

Morton Burstyn is a very nice 92 year old man, who I saw in my office for the first time several months ago.  He had poor vision in both eyes, and lost his independence.  I determined that I could improve the vision in 1 of his eyes through cataract surgery.

Surgery went well last month, Morton is now seeing well enough to drive again!  He was kind enough to discuss his EyeCare 20/20 cataract experience with me last week:

April 27, 2010

Bronze Medalist Erin Pac Discusses Her LASIK Vision

The Bronze Medal Olympic Bobsled team of Erin Pac and Elana Meyers were at EyeCare 20/20 earlier this month showing off their Medals and signing autographs for fans.  Erin became a member of LASIK for the Gold last year, before the Olympics.  She is still thrilled with her 20/20 vision!

As the driver of USA Bobsled, there is no doubt how important excellent vision is to preforming well.  A Bronze Medal is certainly validation to the results.  Erin was kind enough to discuss the impact her LASIK had on her Olympic performance.

April 22, 2010

I Lost a Bet: Go NY Rangers!

I am a big time NJ Devils fan.  My second favorite team?  Anyone who is playing the Rangers!

Jane Sholz is a big time Rangers fan.  She had LASIK last month.  On her 1st post op visit, after talking about how well she was seeing, the discussion turned to hockey.  The Devils and Rangers were playing that night.  We made a bet, if the Devils won, Jane would be pictured in a Devil Jersey and be posted on Facebook.  If the Rangers won, I would take a picture in a Devils Jersey and post it on Facebook and on my blog!

Jane came in today for her 1 month post op visit.  She was quite happy, she is seeing 20/20 AND the Rangers won that game 6-3.  So, here's the picture, I hope you enjoy it, Jane!

CMS Rangers 


Now for the really bad news, guess who my third favorite team is?  Anyone who is playing the Flyers!  I am definitely not liking the Stanley Cup Playoffs thus far!

April 12, 2010

Patients Blogging About Their LASIK Experiences

When people are contemplating getting LASIK surgery, they often have many questions about the LASIK experience.  Word of mouth certainly accounts for most of our LASIK referrals here at EyeCare 20/20.  We often post our patients experiences through the video testimonial category of this blog and on our YouTube page.  There are also web sites out there where people talk about LASIK experiences. (Although th LASIK testimonial Blog follows my twitter feed, I have no affiliation with it.)

Howard Yermish is an online marketing strtategist.  I have used him to help get two of my sites , LASIK the Refs and LASIK for the Gold, up and running.  After working with me for the past year, Howard decided he too could benefit from LASIK surgery.  He decided to blog about his own LASIK experience.  Here is a video from his blog discussing why he decided to have LASIK.

March 11, 2010

Participate in Contact Sports? LASEK is the Answer


One of the many questions I face from prospective patients inquiring about LASIK is "When is it safe to get hit in the eye?"  The answer may be never!  If the eye is hit at just that right angle with just the right force, there is a chance that the LASIK flap can be moved.  Case in point:  I reported the 2 latest cases in medical literature of LASIK flaps moving up to 9 years after the original surgery.  The results were presented at last years American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery's Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  The title of this presentation was:  Late Onset Dehiscence of LASIK Flap.

So, when a prospective patient tells me they are actively involved in activities that may lead to an eye injury such as:

  • Boxing or martial arts
  • Occupations such as special forces

I will try to convince them to opt for LASEK, a surface treatment that involves no flap.  If one gets hit in the eye following this procedure, there is no increased risk of injury.

Doug Miller is moving towards a career as a professional Ultimate fighter.  He discusses his results with LASEK with me here.

January 04, 2010

2010: Lose Those Bifocals! ReSTOR Your Vision!!

Presbyopia is caused when the eye's lens, normally soft and flexible, hardens with age and results in blurred reading vision. The hardening of the lens makes it difficult for the eye to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is part of the normal aging process, typically affecting adults at about 40 years of age. Reading glasses and bifocals are used to treat presbyopia. These assist the eyes in focusing on nearby objects. Since presbyopia affects the lens, LASIK eye surgery, which only treats the cornea, is unable to correct the condition.  Therefore, LASIK patients past their mid 40's still need to wear reading glasses.

For those who do not to wish wear readers, the answer Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), whereby we remove the eye's natural aging lens and replace it with a multifocal, artificial lens (IOL).  In my opinion, the ReSTOR 3.0 offers the best possible vision at all ranges.  This lens can also be implanted at the time of cataract surgery to markedly reduce the need for glasses after surgery.

Many of our patients at EyeCare 20/20 have questions concerning the use of the ReSTOR.  Because of this, we have produced a very informative video that walks you through the entire process of one of our patient's, Ian Lang, experience with the ReSTOR implant.  We hope that this video answers many of your questions!  If you do decide to have a premium IOL implanted, make sure you have it done by a surgeon with vast refractive and cataract experience.

December 14, 2009

All Eyes on Samson Dubina in This Week's Nationals Following His LASIK


 Samson presents me with a signed paddle following his LASIK last week.

Table Tennis star Samson Dubina had his LASIK surgery last week at EyeCare 20/20 without a hitch.  In fact he is already back in competition, and doing quite well.  According to Samson:

To Doctor Silverman and all the staff at Eyecare 20/20,

Thank you so much for your kindness in correcting my vision.  I just won my first tournament last week and look forward to excellent results next week in Las Vegas at the US Nationals.  My eyes are no longer dry or tired at the end of a long competition.  If you are interested in watching my matches, they should be online at www.usatt.org or at www.tabletennis.teamusa.org/live

We look forward to watching Samson's progress as a member of LASIK for the Gold in his quest for Olympic glory!

In the following video, Samson discusses his LASIK experience: