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Stan’s Refractive Lens Exchange Story
I was -11.5 in my left eye and -10.5 in my right when I first walked into Mann Eye Institute. I started wearing glasses in the first grade and started with contacts at age twelve.
I’m an active guy that skateboards and played sports growing up. Needless to say, the vision thing has always been an Achilles heel with regards to these activities.
I finally decided to look into lens replacement, as I wasn’t a candidate for LASIK. The day after Dr. Barker did the surgery, I had 20/15 vision! I urge anyone to have this procedure, as it is truly a life changing thing.
It took me weeks to stop reaching for my glasses in the morning out of habit. To wake up the day following the procedure and see so crystalline was extraordinary and honestly a bit emotional.
I’d also say that as a customer, I’ve never been more satisfied with any business ever. Across the board the Mann Eye Institute staff operates with the utmost professionalism, competence and above all they were all very nice. I definitely got the feeling that I wasn’t just another number, and that they were genuinely pumped to give me perfect vision.
If you’re considering getting implants or any other form of vision correction from Mann Eye Institute – DO IT!
Blake’s LASIK Story
The team at Mann Eye Institute walked me through the process with understanding and great care. From before the initial appointment to months after the procedure, they have cared for me like family.
Leading up to the procedure (corrective surgery on both eyes – from heavily near-sighted to perfect vision!) I was given a rundown of every step. They took their time explaining the details of what I would experience. I went into the procedure day with confidence that I had a strong idea of what to expect, and the support of the entire staff from Dr. Mann all the way to the receptionist that greeted me with a smile.
Being an engineer I had many questions about logistics and what life would be like the first 24 hours, one week, one month, three months and six months after the procedure. I am a scratch golfer and play highly competitive pool. My vision is imperative to my life both professionally and personally. My many questions were met with patience and thoughtful response. I never felt like I was a nuisance to the staff and each of the doctors I met with took as much time as I requested to discuss every detail.
I originally met with Dr. Bonem for my pre-op appointment. She was well-educated on every nuance of the procedure and professionally fielded a barrage of tough questions. Her demeanor was calming and her staff clearly respect her as they follow her lead in client service.
The mentality of being a team with the sole purpose of serving the client was carried over to Dr. Mann and the team at the surgery center the next day. You can tell a lot about a professional by how their colleagues interact with them and how they refer to them. The entire team at Mann Eye Institute is on the same page, exampled by the leadership of treating each client uniquely. Unlike other facilities, I was made to feel like I was one of only a few patients that day.
My pre-op with Dr. Bonem was in a comfortable office building that surpasses any family practitioner’s office I have experienced. The surgery center itself was also clearly designed to help patients avoid the feeling of being part of a herd. Each waiting area only has a few seats and the friend I brought to accompany me was invited to move along the process with me.
Each staff member and doctor was well aware of my unique vision history and made me feel like while they were with me, I was the only patient on their mind. In an industry desiring heavy turnover, Mann Eye Institute is a rock in the stream – refusing to make their patients feel like part of a mill. I live in Dallas, but it was a simple decision to go to Houston (for less than 24 hours) and work with the group at Mann Eye Institute. The outcome was nothing less than perfection (immediately).
The most astounding part of this entire process is why I waited so long to get it done. Not only do I recommend Mann Eye Institute for any procedure, I insist that you ONLY go with them because they are the only group I know dedicated to the patient experience.
Sam’s LASIK Story
Getting LASIK was, without contest, the best personal investment I have ever made. Each day I wake with the magic of sight and no longer have to worry about the safety of my vision “accessories” – glasses/contacts. As someone that is an active camper, hiker and climber this has brought me extraordinary peace of mind.
The people at the Mann Eye Institute couldn’t have made the process any easier. A friend mentioned LASIK to me on a Sunday, I was put in touch with staff members Jara and Roland that Monday, Wednesday they had me in for my consultation, and Friday I had the procedure.
Within a week, my life was completely changed for the better. Everyone on staff was kind and supportive and they even continue to share in my excitement when I return for follow up appointments.
I went into the procedure nearsighted enough that someone 3 feet away was blurry and I had astigmatism in my right eye. I am now astigmatism free and currently enjoying 20/15 vision. I can see better now then I was ever able to at any point before in my life. Having the astigmatism cleared up has done WONDERS for my depth perception; this is invaluable to me as a free runner.
I am also able to see sharp contrast between colors more clearly than ever before, which has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of wildlife observation, especially birds. I worked as a field biologist for 3 years with a focus on birds, and I had never seen them, truly SEEN them, and appreciated their markings the way I can now.
I fully endorse LASIK at the Mann Eye Institute and encourage anyone that is considering it to take the plunge and go for it, because if your experience is anything like mine (which I suspect it will be), you will NOT be disappointed!
Keith’s LASIK Story
I’ve been nearsighted as far back as I can remember and progressed from wearing glasses to contacts in the fifth grade. While the quality of lenses has improved over the years, I have never been satisfied with the sharpness of my vision or the comfort of my eyes.
Often while playing sports I’d have to fumble with a contact that slipped out of position, or while hunting I’d find myself squinting to determine what a far-off object was. Additionally, with my current job taking me to remote locations for weeks at a time, I’d always have to ensure I had a backup set of lenses handy. Finally, after almost 20 years of contacts, I decided the time was right for LASIK.
I was hesitant at first, as I avoid elective surgery, but the professional and knowledgeable staff at Mann Eye Institute quickly assuaged my concerns. The initial consultation was thorough but quicker than expected, and I left with all my questions answered. The procedure itself was over before I knew it, and after a long nap I was up and mobile later that evening.
I could never have expected how dramatically LASIK would change the quality of my life. I had accepted the downsides of contacts as a fact of life, but LASIK lifted that burden off my shoulders with one quick procedure.
My vision has improved beyond anything my contacts were able to provide me, and I no longer have to deal with the discomfort that comes from long hours in contacts. My only regret is that I waited so long to correct my vision, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!
Rachel’s LASIK Story
I started wearing glasses in third grade, and contacts by sixth. I was used to the constant daily routine of eye wear and care.
In 2014 I decided to get LASIK. It has been three years now, and I can’t imagine my life without it. It has made not only my life easy but my eyes so much better. I wish I would have received LASIK sooner!
Mann Eye Institute has been so helpful along the way. It was such a breeze getting my evaluation set up, and the process of LASIK was so quick and painless! They even checked on my after my procedure and made sure I didn’t have any questions or concerns.
Thank you Mann Eye Institute for making my life so much easier! I highly recommend LASIK from here for anyone who is considering!
Luis’ LASIK Story
I hesitated to have LASIK for a while because it seemed like my prescription would change every year. When I came in for the evaluation they assured me that it was the same compared to the glasses I had made the year before, and that put me at ease.
The best part of my experience was that they accommodated me to have the surgery the SAME DAY I had the evaluation! I had to travel that same weekend but the team at Mann Eye Institute made sure I could be seen the next day before I had to catch my flight.
I like to travel and try new things. Having my glasses or contacts made it a struggle to enjoy my trips, but now those things do not take up room in my luggage. I am happy that I chose Mann Eye Institute, it is the best decision I have made for my eyes.
Jonathan’s LASIK Story
My name is Jonathan Ducoff and this is how LASIK has changed my life!
I have been playing baseball since I was four years old. It’s a game that has been a HUGE part of my life ever since!
When I was about twelve years old my eyesight started to change, and I had to start wearing contacts. This altered my life a lot and hindered me while playing baseball. I constantly had to fight dirt, dust and aggravating wind while playing.
Ever since my LASIK surgery, all of those problems have gone away! My vision went from 20/100 to 20/10! In a sport where your eyesight means so much, like baseball, this has been life changing.
Mary’s LASIK Story
No more glasses or contacts for me!
The very next day after my procedure, I went to work and opened my excel reports and could see them…without glasses!
LASIK has been one of the best decisions I have made. My vision was going nowhere but down, and I had been told countless times I was not a candidate for LASIK. I went to Mann Eye Institute last September and they told me with the advances in technology, I was now a candidate. I was so excited, I asked if they could do it right then and there!
While talking to Dr. Mann, I told him that I was a bow hunter. My biggest problem was my left eye was naturally farsighted, and I am right eye dominant. His response, “No problem, we will make your right eye farsighted and left eye nearsighted.”
I am thrilled that option was available. Having to wear glasses or contacts to shoot is no more an issue for me to be concerned with! Whether I am hunting, fishing, kayaking, biking, etc…My only concern now is sunglasses and not the prescription kind. (Those are no longer needed!)
Thanks Dr. Mann!
Destiny’s LASIK Story
I wanted to get LASIK for quite some time, but I was very nervous. A friend/co-worker referred me to Mann Eye Institute. I did some research and read a lot of good reviews so I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to go through with the consultation and see how I felt afterwards.
Everyone at Mann Eye Institute were so nice, and Dr. Mann was very informative and made me feel comfortable about having the procedure so I decided I wasn’t going to wait any longer. I had it done the following week. I am so excited that I can see, and no more contacts!
My life has changed dramatically – the world is clearer than it ever was with glasses or contacts. I now have freedom to travel without having to carry extra contacts, solutions, spare glasses, regular sunglasses and prescription sunglasses. I can fall asleep in front of the TV or on an airplane and not worry about getting my lenses out first.
I went snorkeling 3 months after my procedure and the tropical fish were brilliantly lit up under water – I didn’t have to worry about wearing glasses or contacts to enjoy this. I only wish I had done it sooner. I am now 20/20—yay! I’m very thankful. Thank you, Dr. Mann and your entire staff.
John’s LASIK Story
Being an avid hunter, my vision is very important to me. As I have gotten older it has become more challenging for me to wear glasses or contact lenses in the field.
I did some research on LASIK eye surgery, and I admit I was terrified of the thought of having a laser being used to correct my vision. I contacted the Mann Eye Institute and expressed my concerns, and I agreed to come in for an evaluation.
The staff greeted me and everyone was very professional. Right off the bat they made feel very comfortable and relaxed as they explained the procedure to me. After my evaluation was over I had no doubts or fears about having the procedure done.
The following day was the day. The procedure only took minutes! I couldn’t believe what just happened. Right away I could see without my glasses or contacts. They sent me home with simple instructions and that was it. My vision improved by the minute.
Words can’t explain being able to wake up in the morning and not having to reach over to the nightstand for my glasses before I put my feet on the ground. This is by far the best decision I have ever made for my vision. I should’ve done it years ago.
Briana’s LASIK Story
When I finally had enough of contacts and wanted to get LASIK, I knew that family and friends swore Mann Eye Institute was THE place to go.
I received my driver’s permit at the young age of 15, and I was told I have to wear corrective eyewear to drive. Since that time I had to wear glasses for driving, watching TV and sporting events. Basically anything that was 10 feet away, I needed glasses to see.
Next I switched to contacts because glasses were giving me a headache. Allergies and I are not friends, at all. My contacts would dry out so fast that I would be thrilled to take them out each night. I could even hear my eyes sigh with relief. It was annoying, and even more annoying when I would forget my contacts on trips, or run out because my prescription ended before I could squeeze time to see my doctor. Not to mention my contacts were delivered to an office over an hour away from me when there was traffic.
When I had my consultation for LASIK at Mann Eye everyone was super friendly and happy to help me. Everything was explained well, and the rules were easy to follow. I wasn’t thrilled to be wearing glasses for a whole week before surgery, but I knew it would be the last time I had to.
When I got out of surgery I could already start seeing clearly. I slept the rest of the day then by that night I was able to watch some TV without contacts or glasses. It was wonderful. The next morning I woke up and took my dogs out, and I could see everything so crisply. Leaves were outlined, colors were clearer and nothing blurred together.
LASIK was the best decision I made for my vision. I love waking up and not having to start my day in glasses or having to take five minutes to put in my contacts. I got to truly appreciate my vision when I went on vacation to Napa Valley. Our group decided to go hiking one day. We picked Bald Mountain trail, and at around 2,792 feet we reached the top. That view with 20/15 vision was one of the most amazing things to experience.
Thank you, Mann Eye Institute!
Anthony’s LASIK Story
The LASIK eye surgery I received from the Mann Eye Institute is amazing. The entire process was stress-free and the post surgery instructions were clear and easy to follow.
The consultation was easier than I expected. Dr. Bennett made me feel comfortable during the consultation and advised me that I had eye allergies at that moment. A prescription from Dr. Bennett fixed that problem.
Surgery scheduling and follow-up were conducted by Ms. Jessica Obando. Ms. Jessica was great at her job and offered some additional post-op eye care instructions as well.
The LASIK surgery was conducted by Dr. Melton and her staff. Dr. Melton was great and although I was nervous on game day, she and her staff made me comfortable. (Especially after giving me some pre-surgical medication and numbing eye drops.)
The surgery lasted no longer than 10 minutes. Dr. Melton’s surgery room played good music on the radio, and it was a comfortable atmosphere despite being under the laser.
The 24-hour post-op eye exam was conducted by Dr. Melton and she went over the post-op eye care. I was in and out of the office in 10-15 minutes.
The one-week post-op appointment was conducted by Dr. Krawiecki. During the exam, Dr. Krawiecki complimented Dr. Melton on the surgery she performed on my eyes. I was advised that my eyes were healing well, and to continue to keep them wet with preservative-free eye drops.
The LASIK that I received from the Mann Eye Institute has really been a great investment to myself. As a Houston Police officer that works the night shift, LASIK has really improved my safety in so many ways. My eye glasses would fog up when exiting the patrol car causing me to remove them while dealing with patrons. The idiom “I can’t believe my eyes” is a very true statement. I would ALWAYS second guess myself and double check addresses and hundred blocks while driving at night because I would always struggle to see without LASIK.
The Mann Eye Institute and everyone listed above that assisted me in the process have improved my quality of life I now live with LASIK.
Your very satisfied patient,
Krash’s LASIK Story
If you live in Austin, you know Krash Kelly. The popular radio personality and program director at Bob FM 103.5 in Austin is a household name and a favorite among listeners.
Krash had been living his life and enjoying great vision without glasses and contacts for several years. Then quite suddenly, everything changed. “The onset was so quick, I could hardly believe it,” said Krash. “Literally overnight, I needed reading glasses.”
Reading glasses in his car. Reading glasses in the studio. By his bed. On his head. In the living room by the remote control. Reading glasses everywhere!
Presbyopia – called “Over-40 Vision” – eventually gets us all and Krash was no exception. “The biggest frustration was being tied to a pair of glasses that I didn’t need all the time, just in up close scenarios,” said Krash. “So I was always leaving them everywhere and taking them on and off all the time.”
Because he had LASIK several years ago, Krash was already comfortable with the thought of laser vision correction. He’s been free of glasses and contacts for years. He decided to visit Dr. Paul Mann at Mann Eye Institute just to see if there was anything that could be done for his over-40 vision woes.
“I knew he would give me the straight scoop, but honestly, I didn’t think I’d be a candidate for anything since I’ve already had LASIK,” explained Krash.
Krash was pleasantly surprised to learn that he was a candidate for a procedure called Blended Vision LASIK. “I didn’t even know that was an option!” said Krash.
With Blended Vision LASIK, the eyes are corrected so that the right eye can be used for different tasks than the left. More specifically, one eye is corrected for distance and the other is corrected for near or intermediate vision.
Almost everyone who has blended LASIK will be able to read newsprint following the procedure, and more than 90 percent will be able to read even smaller print.
Krash had Blended Vision LASIK in May and experienced improved vision immediately! “It has made my job a lot easier,” he said. “Writing scripts, computer work, looking at my phone. It’s amazing.”
His a-Ha moment came when he looked down at his Apple watch a few days post surgery. “Typically, I couldn’t ever get it bright enough or the contrast good enough to be able to see it clearly,” he said. “But I looked down and it was perfectly clear! I was shocked at how crystal clear it was!”
Krash loves to share his story – on air and in person. “Everyone I know who has had LASIK at Mann Eye Institute – myself included – has had a phenomenal experience. I’m here to tell you, get the consult, see how much your life can change and don’t be afraid!”
Magdalena’s LASIK Story
I LOVE MY LASIK! Waking up every morning not having to look for my glasses is a life changer. Here I am at Disneyland, and everything looks FABULOUS!! Thank you Mann Eye Institute and the great staff for the five star treatment. I am super happy!
David’s LASIK Story
Since the time I was 8 years old, two things have been consistent in my life: golfing and prescription lenses. First came the glasses, then came the contact lenses. If it wasn’t the glasses fogging up or sliding down my face, it was dry or blurry contacts. Beyond those hassles, my eyes could never see a ball land past 200 yards and I would always lose it in the air. On and on, I just tolerated the chore and the discomfort. I was ready to change it up.
My long awaited procedure, that took no more than 45 minutes, has given me a brand new excitement for golf. After one week, my post op tells me that I see 20/15, and on the course I can finally see the ball landing. In fact, I think the greens are easier to read too.
I’m extremely satisfied with my “new” set of eyes, and better than ever for the links.
Michael’s LASIK Story
I had my LASIK procedure done at Mann Eye four years ago and it was hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made. My experience was extremely comfortable and professional compared to the competitors.
Contacts were never an option for me. Can’t stand touching my eyes. So I had to go through dozens of lost and broken pairs of glasses $$$. Half the time I went blind because I couldn’t wear glasses due to my hands on job in construction. My spare time goes to fishing so I had to pick sunglasses over seeing glasses. Tried the prescription sunglasses but I was very limited on style and fit.
That being said, I would never hesitate on LASIK and Mann Eye is the place that will make it happen. It’s a must, just like transportation to me. Truly life changing! Thanks again Mann Eye Institute.
Jake’s LASIK Story
I woke up one day, about to get ready for work, to find that I needed some new contacts and did not have any refills. Already frustrated I dug into my nightstand to pull out some old glasses I use for emergencies. Once I put them on I remembered why I don’t like wearing glasses. The lenses were scuffed and the glare was terrible on these specific lenses. Once I got in my car and realized I could not wear my sunglasses (because they were not prescription), I knew I was over it at this point. I had been considering LASIK for some time and this was the turning point.
I scheduled a consult with the folks at Mann Eye to see if I were a candidate. They were swift and efficient and told me I could get LASIK that same week! I talked with a really helpful guy named Roland in Financing and found it was much more affordable than I thought, so I pulled the trigger. I set up a time and day and within the same week I went from having to wake up with blurry vision every morning to waking up with perfect vision.
The procedure itself is super quick and painless. I felt like it literally took just a few minutes. Once I got home I took a nap to give my eyes a rest and sure enough when I woke up, I could see! No contacts, no glasses. Every day I appreciate the experience more and more as I still have a habit of reaching for my spare glasses from the nightstand in the morning. The experience and results are worth exploring.
Daily quality of life has definitely improved. As I am an avid cyclist and photographer, being a glasses/contacts wearer was restricting. Now I can go for long bike rides and not have to worry about taking multiples glasses, contacts drying up, or sweat killing my eyes when I had my contacts in. Shooting photos is now so much more comfortable, being able to put my eye right up to the viewfinder and see exactly what I am shooting. Not worry about having multiple frames and prescriptions is worth it alone.
The staff at Mann Eye were so friendly and incredibly helpful. It made the process that much more enjoyable. If you are considering getting LASIK, don’t waste time, just do it. You will see, once you walk into the office and get the ball rolling its the quickest process you will go through for such a gigantic change in your life.
Brandy’s LASIK Story
Getting LASIK changed my life. The amazing staff at Mann Eye Institute literally held my hand and walked me through the entire process. I was afraid and a bucket of nerves the day of my procedure. The doctors and nurses held my hand and wiped my tears while assuring me I was in good hands. I am so grateful for their love and patience. I wasn’t just a number. They treated me with kindness.
I’ve worn glasses since I was 10 years old. I was so accustomed to wearing glasses, the inconvenience of glasses was usually a non-issue except when it rained. I love baseball and I love to fish, win or lose, rain or shine, I love them both.
My vision was so bad, I couldn’t see clearly beyond one-foot distance. Even with glasses, my vision was horrible. I had to select seats in the stadium within the first 20 rows, no further out than the first or third base. I couldn’t sit in the bullpen seats because I couldn’t see the game. I couldn’t sit in a suite because I couldn’t see the game. As irritating as declining gifted tickets was, it was the norm. Today, I can sit anywhere in the ballpark, cheer on my beloved Astros, and see it all.
I couldn’t fish in the rain or when it was very cold. My glasses would get wet or fog, so I couldn’t see. Blindness is scary, even temporary blindness easily corrected by drying glasses. I spent so much time drying glasses, monster fish got away clean with my bait. It was frustrating, and the fun of being on the water was robbed from me.
Today, I can go fishing in the rain and have a great time. When the day is beautiful and sunny, I can wear sunglasses purchased over the counter. I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to have prescription sunglasses made for me! I still sometimes catch myself attempting to adjust my glasses. I feel like a weirdo pushing up imaginary glasses. Then I remember, “I’M NOT BLIND ANYMORE!” and I smile.
Holly’s LASIK Story
I’ve been in contacts or glasses since before I can remember, probably around the third grade. Before I had LASIK, I basically couldn’t see without my contacts, and I hated wearing my glasses. Not only did glasses interfere with some of my day-to-day activities like playing tennis, but it was also a pain to have to worry about keeping prescription sunglasses on me.
Contacts had their own set of annoyances too. Since LASIK, my travel bag has shrunk so much! No more glasses, extra contacts, contact solution, or a case to pack. Not to mention that I don’t have to worry about flying in contacts anymore and falling asleep in them only to find myself with dry, itchy eyes.
I can’t believe how many ways LASIK has changed my life. It’s amazing to wake up every morning and be able to see across the room without reaching for a set a glasses on the nightstand!
Andy’s LASIK Story
I went back for my post-op appointment and my vision was 20/15!!! That’s the clearest I have ever seen in my entire life that I can remember! Even clearer than my contacts and glasses.
I shot my bow a couple of times after the procedure to see how everything looked through a peep. Unbelievable to say the least! I can clearly see the target out to 60 yards. No more blurred guessing on the longer shots.
No more trying to put contacts in at 4:30 in the morning going hunting or fishing. No more swimming underwater in our pool with my eyes closed. No more being unable to wear cool sunglasses because I have on my prescription glasses. No more lost contacts or remembering to bring extra contacts in case one is lost.
For those who are hesitating, don’t. Go get it done! It is life changing!!!
Emily’s LASIK Story
I got glasses before I could even talk or walk. I was one of those babies with the glasses that coil around their ears. Through childhood, I was always self-conscious about my ‘coke bottle glasses’ (thick lenses). I had six eye surgeries growing up, so needless to say, I have trust issues with my eyes.
Even in adulthood as a teacher, my middle school students would tell me, “Miss, you’d be so much prettier without glasses.” Regardless of all of this, I had resigned myself to think that I’d probably wear glasses forever, so I needed to suck it up and ignore my insecurities.
My husband got LASIK at Mann Eye Institute last fall and watching how smoothly and easily his process went gave me the courage to schedule a consultation. I went in telling the staff, “I have difficult eyes, I don’t know if I can do this,” but they were so detailed and thorough each step of the way, explaining why I could. I was nervous, but the staff’s friendliness and attention to detail calmed my nerves and made it such a painless (literally and figuratively!) experience.
Now, I wake up each morning and reach for the place my glasses used to sit on my nightstand. I workout, and I don’t have to push my glasses up every minute from sliding down my nose if I sweat. I can read street signs. I can buy sunglasses and not worry about having to get prescription lenses put in. But more than anything: I feel confident.
Glasses had been a part of my life for so long that I learned to live with them even though I didn’t want to, but the freedom of eyesight without lenses is a freedom I thought I’d never be fortunate enough to experience, and I’m so grateful that Mann Eye changed that. Thank you, Mann Eye!
Amy’s LASIK Story
When you’re a junior high basketball, track and volleyball coach, your days start before sunrise. Every day. LLano resident Amy Withrow loves teaching and coaching, but she did not love having to put in her contacts at 5:00 in the morning every day and not be able to take them out until late in the evening.
“I couldn’t ever rub my eyes if I needed to and I hated the dry eye issues I had from wearing contacts for so long every day,” she said. “Contacts are such a pain.”
When Amy’s beloved grandfather passed away last summer, she decided the best way to use the inheritance he left her was an investment in her future – LASIK. “I am always outside, hiking, running, swimming and coaching,” she said. “I wanted the freedom to do all the activities I love without the burden of contacts and poor vision.”
Amy’s sister as well as a fellow coach she works with both had LASIK and had great things to say about their own experience. “It gave me the confidence to know it would be a great decision for me, too,” she said.
Amy’s LASIK surgery was performed by Dr. Paul Mann with post-op care provided by Dr. Honour Cessac. “I can’t say enough about how impressed I was with Mann Eye Institute,” said Amy. “They made me feel very comfortable, explained everything to me, even talking to me during the procedure.”
“On a scale of 1-10, I would give them a 12!”
Amy enjoys the freedom she feels now that she is not shackled to her contacts and glasses. “Recently, I went out of town and it was so great not to have to pack my glasses, contacts, solution and all that stuff,” she said. “I love waking up in the morning and just being able to see perfectly with no issues.”
Amber’s LASIK Story
Austin resident Amber McGinty fulfilled a lifelong dream in August 2015 when she launched her virtual assistant services business, Trusty Oak. The timing was right and business is booming. There were many factors that contributed to the leap of faith Amber took in launching Trusty Oak, but one of the main catalysts was the newfound freedom and confidence she felt because of her clear vision after having Blade-free LASIK at Mann Eye Institute.
“I have worn glasses and/or contacts since first grade and my vision steadily got worse every year,” said Amber. “If you are someone who has great vision, this might sound strange but the kinds of things I worried about were, ‘What if I get in a car accident and my glasses fly off and I can’t even see to get out of the car?’ That’s how bad my vision was. I literally could not see to walk across the room in the morning.”
Like many, Amber had a false understanding of what LASIK is and assumed she would not be a candidate.
“I thought because I had astigmatism and my vision changed each year that I wouldn’t be a good candidate,” she said. “I was so excited to learn that I was actually an ideal LASIK candidate.”
Amber’s surgery was performed by Luke Barker, M.D. of Mann Eye Institute’s Barton Creek location in Austin.
“I was nervous at first because I didn’t know what to expect but I am so glad I decided to go for it,” said Amber. “The results have been amazing! I am so much more carefree about life now. I can work out without having to worry about my contacts. I wake up and see the clock across the room with no problem. My vision is now better than 20/20 and I couldn’t be happier.”
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Cliff Moffett, Construction Foreman
Cliff Moffett knew it was time for cataract surgery, when he couldn’t see the street signs until he was practically on top of them. He also had difficulty reading blueprints, which made his job a challenge, since he oversees construction for Root Design Company – a landscape architecture, pool construction and design/build firm with offices in Austin and Pagosa Springs, CO.
But the biggest problem was what his bad eyesight was doing to his golf game. While he could hit the ball, he couldn’t focus on it.
“I never knew which way the ball would go,” he laughs.
Now, one month after undergoing cataract surgery at Mann Eye Institute in Austin, he couldn’t be happier. “I am already 20/18 in my right eye, 20/16 in my left and expect to be at 20/20 in both eyes by my next visit,” says Cliff.
Best of all, he can see up close to read without glasses and has excellent distance vision as well, thanks to the Active Life Lenses, which allow seamless vision at all ranges, much like the eye’s natural ability in younger patients.
“Although the lenses are considered an out-of-pocket expense, it was well worth it,” says Cliff.
His eyesight is now excellent, and he no longer has to worry about wearing glasses or having to replace them when they break.
In fact, the afternoon after his surgery, his eyesight was good enough that he went back to the office to do some paperwork and make phone calls. By the next day, he was out in the field overseeing the company’s newest projects.
He admits to having some concern about the surgery.
“After all,” he says, “It’s a big decision to allow someone to perform surgery on your eyes. But the experience from beginning to end was simply outstanding in every way, including being pain-free.”
“I’ve been perfectly healthy all my life, except for my vision, and now my eyes are healthy, too,” says Cliff.
He jokes that he can’t wait to get back to his golf game and to play tennis again. He’s also grateful for an unexpected result – colors are sharper and more vivid than they have been in years.
“We do a lot of landscaping, and it’s amazing how much brighter and more clear the flowers are,” says Cliff. “The surgeon told me that might happen, and he was right.”
In addition to his exceptional vision results, Cliff says he was impressed with the courteous, friendly attitude of the Mann Eye Institute staff.
“From the time I walked in the door and was greeted at the front desk, I knew I was in the right place,” says Cliff. “I didn’t have to wait long to be seen, and the surgeon had an excellent bedside manner. In fact, the entire experience was great. You could tell good customer service is something they strive to achieve every day. Everything was handled in a professional way at every step, from the top down.”
The Mann Eye Institute was actually the second vision care center Cliff consulted before making his decision to undergo cataract surgery.
“At the first center, I just did not feel comfortable with the experience,” says Cliff. “The doctor was in a hurry to get on to the next patient. I thought, ‘This is about my eyes. If that is what it’s going to be like, I don’t want to do it.”
His daughter, co-host of the Bobby Bones radio talk show, suggested he schedule a visit with the Mann Eye Institute team. “That was a good decision,” says Cliff. “At Mann Eye Institute, I felt like Dr. Barker had my best interest at heart. It was a completely different experience.”
Cliff says he appreciates how challenging it can be to develop such a well-organized, cohesive team of employees.
“That’s something every business owner hopes to achieve,” he says. “At Mann Eye Institute, you can definitely tell that everyone is happy to be there doing the best they can at all times. They have a very positive attitude, and it shows.”
Donna McKenzie, DJ For Smooth Jazz
Dr. Mike Mann performed my surgery over four years ago and it changed my life. When I was five, I got my first pair of glasses and then changed my prescription about 20 times over the course of the next 20 years. Then I went to see Dr. Mike Mann. After an intense evaluation, I learned that I was not a candidate for LASIK. Dr. Mann recommended an ICL – implantable contact lens. My surgery literally changed my life overnight. My results were incredible and still are!
Travis Golightly, Radio Personality
After being in glasses or contacts nearly my whole life, having 20/20 vision overnight is inconceivable. Being able to go out and play sports, or even just go about daily life without constantly rubbing my eyes and fixing my contacts is incredible. My vision has always been very important to me, and I felt very comfortable having someone with the technology, experience, knowledge, and reputation that Dr. Mann has do my surgery. Blade Free LASIK with the Intralase and Allegretto Wave lasers has literally changed my life!
Reid Ryan, President & CEO, Ryan Sanders Baseball
Thank you, Dr. Mann, for Everything.
Sara Hickman, Recording Artist
WOW! I CAN SEE!
Thank you, Dr. Mann!
Kevin Fowler, Recording Artist
I love my new eyes.
Thanks, Dr. Mann.
David Matranga, Houston Astros Second Baseman
I play for the Houston Astros and I had a career at stake, so naturally I had questions about laser eye surgery. After talking to Dr. Mann, I felt completely comfortable with the procedure and the technology being used. It was completely painless, took about 10 minutes and now I have 20/15 vision.
I definitely see the ball better and my depth perception has improved dramatically. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Mann and the people at the Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center. They’ve changed my life.
Lee Labrada, Bodybuilder and Lasik Patient
I was really tired of my contacts. Today I am 20/15 and delighted with the result. The reason I chose Dr. Mann is simply because he is the best. He is one of the pioneers in the LASIK procedure and he has a tremendous reputation. And with dealing with something as delicate as eye surgery, I wanted to be sure I was in the hands of the best.
Mike Gallo, Former Professional Baseball Player
I got tired of going through the different weather conditions all over the country with my contacts irritating my eyes. I chose Mann Eye Institute because several of my teammates have had the procedure and have heard nothing but great things to say about Dr. Mann.
The whole experience was great. Now I don’t have to call my wife to ship me my contacts while I’m on the road. I don’t have to worry about forgetting to pack my glasses for road games or breaking them and not having a spare. It’s just so much more convenient than dealing with glasses and contacts.
I walked in the office, and less than 24 hours later, I had great vision. LASIK at Mann Eye Institute was the best decision of my life.
Angela Ellison – Mann Eye Institute & Laser Center
I was excited about the prospect of “no more glasses and contacts,” but my experience at Mann Eye Institute completely blew away my expectations.
I underwent blade-free LASIK with the Allegretto Wave laser on a Friday afternoon – which was a completely pain-free procedure – and woke up the next morning with 20/15 vision! Amazing!
The entire staff at the Mann Eye Institute was great, and I really felt at ease about a potentially intimidating procedure. And after seeing how pleased I was with my results, my wife went in and had her vision corrected too. I can’t say enough good things about our experiences with the Mann Eye Institute!