Nurse and Mom
“To say my vision was bad—what an understatement. I have had terrible eyesight my whole life and by the time I contacted Dr. Magruder, I had a -20.5 prescription. Only a single company made contacts to fit my prescription and they weren’t very reliable. I saw my first ophthalmologist 15 years ago, and he told me there was nothing he could do.
About 10 years later, I heard about LASIK surgery and thought it may be able to help me.
My husband is in the military, and we were stationed close to Atlanta, Georgia at the time, so I made an appointment at Emory University because they had some of the nation’s best doctors. My doctor told me to wait about five years before getting surgery because the technology was so new.
After five more years of waiting, I immediately started searching for a new eye surgeon (by this time we had moved from Atlanta to Brevard County). I wanted the surgeon who had the most experience in Central Florida, and I was willing to drive to see them. When I found out about Dr. Magruder and about his background at Emory, I booked the appointment immediately.
On my first visit, I was impressed with how honest Dr. Magruder was.
He didn’t try to overpromise, but he said he’d like to get my vision as close to 20/20 as possible. I just wanted to have normal vision that I could correct with cheaper contacts—but Dr. Magruder was determined to get me the best results. I had looked at so many options over the years, so it was refreshing to know someone wanted my vision to be as perfect as I wanted it to be…MORE perfect, actually.
Dr. Magruder explained that I would need Implanted Contact Lenses as the first step, but then he could evaluate the results and prescribe a second surgery—probably LASIK or PRK—after my eyes healed. He explained exactly what to expect, answered all my questions completely and was extremely honest about the results I would have. He also sent me to a retinal specialist just to be sure surgery would go okay. I felt very comfortable and trusted his recommendations completely.
He really took care of me before, during and
after the fact.
I had ICL surgery in November and there were no problems at all. It was basically painless. It only felt like I had an eyelash in my eye. When I woke up the next morning, the only thing I could tell that was different was that I could see better. I had a -2.75 prescription! I was amazed!
When I returned to Dr. Magruder, he examined my eyes and the healing process. He told me he could improve my eyesight even more! I was again amazed. He prescribed PRK and set the surgery for June.
Between surgeries, I returned to the office for regular checkups to be sure everything was progressing nicely. The staff was fabulous in the office. I can talk to everyone and catch up with what’s going on in their lives and they all go above and beyond to make me feel at home. My experience was way better than I anticipated.
Dr. Harris and Dr. Boodrum, who I saw between appointments with Dr. Magruder, are both fantastic and answered any questions I had. They checked and re-checked my eyes and made me feel confident in my recovery. I was most impressed though, when Dr. Magruder would drop in to check on my progress—even what I wasn’t scheduled to see him.
In June, I had PRK surgery. It was over in 10 minutes. I was in and out of there so fast! The recovery time was a little longer for PRK and at first my eyes felt irritated—which Dr. Magruder had told me to expect. I came home and slept the rest of the day and when I woke up, my vision was already getting better. I was back to my normal activities in a few days. In fact, my husband and I moved that weekend, so I wasn’t out of commission, but I was a little uncomfortable for a few days.
Surgery was totally worth it. I cannot believe how well I can see now. Amazing.
When I Wake up in the morning, I still can’t believe that I can see the alarm clock—or that I can see anything! I used to have to go to bed and put my glasses in the exact same spot so I could find them when I woke up, or when I got tired, I always had to remember to take my contacts out. I never have to worry about it again. My vision is now 20/15. Wow! I am so grateful to the LaserVue staff and to Dr. Magruder. They have literally changed my life now that I can see clearly.
Like I said before…Amazing.
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