I started wearing glasses in Kindergarten and contact lenses in 5th grade. I’m among those who would be considered legally blind if vision correction were not possible — but it is possible and I’m very grateful.
About nine years ago when I was transitioning from Indianapolis and a job with a set and consistent income to being part of Wycliffe’s supported staff with an income that is dependent upon and therefore fluctuates with the generous donations of individuals toward my ministry, I decided it would be a good time to “upgrade” a few things in my life. I addressed the issues of a mouth full of old and loosening silver fillings with Dr. Sukurs (who is a dentist rock star in my opinion) and I attempted to address my less-than-stellar eyesight with one of the Lasik centers in Indiana. I was turned down at the time, told that my lenses are too thin and my need for correction too great for the procedure to be effective. They told me to check back in five to ten years.
Fast forward (past the progression of my sight to needing readers, through various conversations with friends who are considering Lasik or some new procedure called SBK an aside comment made by my pastor on Sunday morning about being able to see into the balcony) to this week’s venture with Hunter Vision.
Hearing that there is a new procedure, realizing that Dr. Joel Hunter (my pastor’s son) had opened his practice in Longwood this summer, and considering again how very good it would be to see without the (minor) inconvenience of glasses or contacts, I did what anyone in my place would do. I hit the Hunter Vision website.
After reading just about everything on the site, I clicked on the CONTACT tab and sent an email asking whether it might be reasonable to hope that progress had been made in the technology of vision correction and I could be a candidate for either a new and improved Lasik procedure or this new SBK deal.
I had an email response within less than 24 hours from Jason Padilla (surgery counselor):
Thank you for emailing Hunter Vision. In response to your questions, LASIK surgery has advanced over the years, however, we won’t be able to say for sure, in your case, until you come in for a Hunter Vision Analysis.
We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you to come in and receive a free Hunter Vision Analysis (usually $150) through the end of August. The Hunter Vision Analysis is the most comprehensive eye exam anywhere. During this 90 minute exam you will receive hi-resolution photos of the front of your eyes, the lenses inside your eyes, your retinas and optic nerves, along with a Scheimpflug densitometry reading of your lenses, a 25,000 point elevation map of each cornea, and a 3-dimensional cross-sectional OCT scan of your macula. Dr. Hunter will sit down with you for a one-on-one guided tour through these images of your eyes and an explanation of your refractive surgery options. He will also evaluate your eyes for any other subtleties that should be monitored or managed.
I made a call to the office the that day (Wednesday) and scheduled an appointment for Thursday afternoon. I was about to find out what a Scheimpflug densitometry reading was and I was admittedly excited about the possibilities.