Recently, MPR sat down with Bristol, radio talent and program manager at K94.5 in Shreveport as well as a Planchard Eye and Laser Center LASIK Patient. Here is what she had to say about her experience.
Erin: I was extremely nearsighted. When I say extremely nearsighted, I mean I didn’t know that trees had branches. Well, I mean I knew they did conceptually, but I didn’t see them until I got glasses and contacts. I got my first pair of contacts in sixth grade.
Erin: Without saying how old I am now, you can imagine how that was for me when you think about it. It was more than 20 years, you know, I’m still just a baby, right. Twenty years of lost contacts and also replacing glasses, that’s a huge expense.
MPR: And the hassle?
Erin: Definitely, it’s putting them in, taking them out, scratching your eye, having them be uncomfortable. It’s a pain.
MPR: What was the biggest specific life hassle you remember dealing with in regards to contacts?
Erin: Oh, the absolute worst was when you would forget to take them out for whatever reason, and you would wake up and you had to pry them out of your eye. It was horrible, actually painful..
MPR: Did you do water sports or anything like that that made where wearing contacts made it tough to participate?
Erin: I actually ride horseback, so wearing contacts outside in arenas where it can be quite dusty was most definitely a challenge.
MPR: What were you nervous about or concerned about when you, like, that kept you from ever checking into Lasik before? What was the obstacle?
Erin: I thought it was going to be exorbitantly expensive. And, I was honestly just frightened of having anybody touch my eyes. That part freaked me out. It really did.
MPR: What helped alleviate that fear?
Erin: Actually sitting down with Dr. Planchard and being told what to expect. I think it was more the fear of the unknown. Once I realized how careful, exacting and thorough Dr. Planchard was going to be throughout the process, I knew I was in great hands.
MPR: What was your experience with the staff there like?
Erin: They’re incredible. In fact, they’ll call just to check in on me. It’s kind of funny, because now when I go in to see Dr. Planchard, it’s not like going to see your doctor. Though he is meticulous and incredibly qualified, at the same time he’s your buddy. You can talk about Saints football, LSU football, and local politics. He’s a great guy.
MPR: So you had your Lasik procedure. What’s going on? What are you most excited about since you’ve had that procedure?
Erin: The funny thing is it’s been over six months, and I still, like, get ready to go to bed sometimes and I go to take my contacts out. Then, I realize I don’t have to take my contacts out. I don’t know why, it just makes me smile like an idiot.
MPR: What is something humorous that has happened?
Erin: My husband wants to get a bigger TV because he feels he can see it better without his glasses. I tell him, “No, because now I can see it just fine. You’ll survive.” That’s the best part of it, just being able to see. And he knew how blind I was. I was horribly nearsighted; I mean I’m talking negative 6 plus.
He used to play games with me, because if I didn’t have my contacts in and I didn’t know where I left my glasses I was in a mess. So I’d be calling out, “Steve! Come help me find my glasses. Turns out he was hiding them every once in a while. Now he can’t do that to me any more.
MPR: How else has having LASIK and Planchard Eye Center made a difference?
Erin: Well, it’s actually just the simplest things – like driving at night. Because when you wear contacts, by the end of the day your eyes are starting to get a little dry and a little grainy. You just don’t feel as comfortable, as sharp. But, now I don’t have to worry about that. It seems like such a small thing, but it’s truly a major thing when you think about it.
MPR: So it has been a comprehensive life changing experience for you?
Erin: I can’t think of an area of my life that hasn’t changed. I’m a big time reader. Before LASIK, when I would try to read without my contacts in I would literally have to close one eye because I was so nearsighted.
It’s weird. Because it’s a part of your life, and you don’t think anything of it until you don’t have to do it any more.
I’d have my computer screen right up by your face, but now it’s a good
foot and a half away. I can see it just fine.
MPR: Would you recommend Planchard Eye and Laser Center to your own family?
Erin: Definitely, I’m talking to my husband about getting his LASIK there. I keep saying, “You HAVE to do this!!!” My mother is looking at cataract surgery here in the next couple of years, and that is where she’s going to go.
The true mark of whether you really had a good experience, especially when it comes to your health, is whether you would send a family member there.
MPR: That is great to hear! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us.
Erin: It’s my pleasure. I had such a great experience. I am more than happy to share!