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In 2015, I got my LASIK surgery for both eyes. (I am not one of the Cyclopes!) Since then, my vision is improved and stronger. Each year I return for my vision checkup. I get high and top marks. For five years now I am free of eyeglasses and can see the beyond. I can see better. I’ve a newborn’s vision; I’m born again with my vision. I can hike, kayak, and read with new vision. I’ve Dr. Barker, Kristin, and the team to thank. I bow to them. Call them soon and ask for Kristin. She’s knowledgeable and the team will roll out the red carpet with attentiveness, care, and expertise. It’s time you cared more for your vision and be ready and past 2020. Be a visionary, and be renewed. Now.
Join the Mann Eye family today! Schedule your no-risk, no-obligation, free LASIK consultation today and get ready to See Life Better.
Paul Mann’s Story
Young Paul Mann had just finished medical school when he decided to trade the irritation of contact lenses for the freedom of life-changing LASIK. This young doctor in training already knew a thing or two about the laser vision correction procedure that was taking the world by storm in the late 1990s. In fact, he was just about to start his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston when he decided he was ready to See Life Better for himself.
But truthfully, Paul Mann knew of LASIK and all its capabilities even before entering medical school. His father is Mike Mann, MD, founder of Mann Eye Institute and one of the first eye surgeons in Texas to perform LASIK after it received FDA approval in 1999.
Today, Dr. Paul Mann is a board-certified ophthalmologist and works alongside his father at Mann Eye Institute, where he himself has performed tens of thousands of LASIK procedures on people living in Houston and Austin.
Here are Dr. Paul Mann’s answers to a few questions about his own LASIK experience, then, and now, more than 20 years later.
How bad was your vision before LASIK?
“I couldn’t even see the alarm clock without putting on my glasses!”
What factored into you deciding to have LASIK?
“My dad, Dr. Mike Mann, but I let him practice LASIK for four years before doing mine!”
And how quickly did your vision improve after LASIK?
“Immediately! It was an amazing moment for sure, but what I really love to point out to my patients considering LASIK is that my vision is still clear today and it’s been nearly 21 years now! That’s the most amazing part. My quality of life is greatly improved now that I do not have to deal with the hassle of glasses and contacts.”
How do you use your own LASIK experience to help people considering LASIK to feel more comfortable about going ahead with the procedure?
“I love to share my own LASIK story with patients because it’s really important for them to know that most refractive surgeons have actually had LASIK themselves. That means we understand the challenges of poor vision, the hassles of glasses and contacts and we know just how much LASIK can change lives.”
And that’s Dr. Paul Mann’s 20 Years After LASIK story. 2020 is the perfect year to discover your own 20/20 story and LASIK could help you write it. Mann Eye Institute has been a trusted LASIK leader for 42 years and counting! There’s a reason so many Texans have trusted their vision to the experts at Mann Eye Institute.
Join the Mann Eye family today! Schedule your no-risk, no-obligation, free LASIK consultation today and get ready to See Life Better.
Abby’s LASIK Story
Abby knew a thing or two about the hassles of glasses and contacts. She got her first pair of glasses in the third grade when her teacher noticed her squinting to see the board. She transitioned to contacts in middle school and alternated between the two for most of her life until she made a life-changing decision three years ago.
The now 35-year old decided to have LASIK at Mann Eye Institute, and says it’s one of the best decisions she has ever made for herself. “I literally couldn’t believe the difference it made in my vision right away,” said Abby, who lives in Magnolia, Texas and works as a procurement specialist. “I work at a computer all day and I get so many fewer headaches now than I did when I was in glasses and contacts.”
Abby admits she was nervous about the whole thing; especially the lasers and the fact that it was her one and only set of eyes being operated on. “But I didn’t feel a thing!” she said. “And I couldn’t believe how quick it was. It was over in minutes.”
Abby can’t say enough about what a great job her LASIK surgeon Dr. Brian Wright and the team did in making her feel comfortable and at ease throughout the entire procedure. “They were so good to me the whole time and made me feel completely comfortable every step of the way,” she said.
Now that Abby is living without the hassles (and the expense) of glasses and contacts, she wishes she hadn’t waited so long to have LASIK. “It has been worth every penny for sure!” she said.
Mann Eye Institute firmly believes that better vision should be attainable for everyone and offers several convenient financing options to fit just about any budget.
Free to See!
One of Abby’s favorite things about life after LASIK is that she doesn’t have to worry about taking out her contacts, cleaning and storing them at night. “When you get home from a long day, the last thing you want to do is go through the nightly routine of taking out your contacts,” said Abby. “Now, I can just go to bed!”
Abby also loves the freedom of swimming and vacationing without having to worry about losing a contact, getting water in her eyes (ouch!) or packing all the gear that goes along with being a contact lens wearer. “We recently went to the beach and swimming in the ocean and feeling carefree was such a great feeling!” said Abby. “LASIK has improved my life in so many ways.”
The Mann Eye Difference
For 40 years, the accomplished specialists at Mann Eye Institute have been at the forefront of vision correction. Our experienced surgeons have collectively performed hundreds of thousands of LASIK procedures, helping countless people just like Abby (and just like you!) to See Life Better.
Have we seen your eyes yet? Let’s change that. Schedule your FREE LASIK consultation today.
Sarah’s LASIK Story
Life After LASIK – It’s a Whole Lot Easier Now
Sarah lives in Montgomery, Texas where she works in sales for the oil and gas industry. Her poor vision meant she was always having to deal with dirt and dust irritating her contacts or smudging up her glasses when she was out in the field visiting sites. “I even had to have prescription safety glasses,” she lamented.
Sarah’s husband Colt works in the oil and gas field, too, as an operations manager. So he spends even more time in the dirty, dusty oilfields of Texas than Sarah does. But Sarah and Colt made the life-changing decision to have LASIK at Mann Eye Institute and, well, life’s just a whole lot easier now!
“It has made a big difference for sure,” said Sarah. “Waking up in the morning and being able to see and not have to worry about feeling around for my glasses or putting in my contacts first thing is just great.” And both Sarah and Colt appreciate the convenience of not having to worry about glasses or contacts now when working out in the field.
Dr. Brian Wright performed both their LASIK procedures and the couple couldn’t be happier with their results. Sarah remembers how friendly the surgical team was and how comfortable they made her feel. “It’s just not as big a deal as you think it’s going to be,” she said. “The number of surgeries they do in a day made me realize just how experienced they really are. They played music in the surgical suite and made it all very comfortable.”
Sarah and Colt are now expecting their first child. They’re extra excited to embark on this next phase of life free from the hassles of glasses or contacts all thanks to life-changing LASIK from Mann Eye Institute.
Go With the Experts
For more than 40 years, the eye specialists at Mann Eye Institute have been at the forefront of vision correction. Our experienced surgeons have collectively performed hundreds of thousands of LASIK procedures, helping countless people just like Sarah and Colt (and just like you!) toSee Life Better.
Ready to have your own life-changing LASIK experience? Schedule your FREE, no-obligation LASIK consultation today.
Robby’s LASIK Story
When you work in oil and gas sales, you’re on the road a lot. And spend time out in the field where it’s often dusty and dirty. These job requirements can be a bit of a hassle if you wear glasses and contacts.
Just ask Houston resident Robby. The 33-year-old oil and gas sales rep is often on the road for work, traveling all over the state and even the country for his busy, hands-on job.
“Without my glasses, I literally couldn’t see a person standing five feet in front of me,” Robby said. This avid runner and outdoors lover has worn glasses since he was 10 years old, but once he became an adult, switched to contacts. “Contacts were better [than glasses], but I just got tired of wasting money and blowing through them so quickly. It just got too costly.”
Robby has known about LASIK for a long time. His dad had it back in the 1990s when LASIK was new on the vision correction scene. He’s wanted to have LASIK himself for years but it never seemed to be the ideal time.
Robby had LASIK with us and – in just a moment – everything changed. “Wow,” Robby shared. “Life is just so much easier now in so many ways. I can honestly say the biggest regret of my life is that I didn’t do it 20 years ago.”
“It was so quick and painless, it didn’t even feel like I’d had surgery,” he marveled.
After his procedure, which was performed by Dr. Paul Mann, Robby went home and took a nap. Four hours later, he could see well enough (without glasses or contacts!) to drive himself back for his follow-up exam.
When you See Life Better, Everything is Better
“Amazing” is the best adjective Robby can think of to describe the feeling of being able to see clearly unhindered by glasses and contacts. “Everything is better,” he said. No more workout struggles due to sweat in his eyes irritating his contacts, no more falling asleep with his glasses on, only to wake and find he’d rolled over onto (and broken) another pair.
Robby found LASIK to be a great value. “But honestly, I’d pay even more to do it all over again,” he said. “It’s just that valuable to me.”
The Mann Eye Difference
For 40 years, the accomplished specialists at Mann Eye Institute have been at the forefront of vision correction. Our experienced surgeons have collectively performed hundreds of thousands of LASIK procedures, helping countless people just like Robby (and just like you!) to See Life Better.
Have we seen your eyes yet? Let’s change that. Schedule your FREE LASIK consultation today.
Brett’s LASIK Story
Life-Changing LASIK for Conroe Physical Therapist
Brett is a sports-loving physical therapist who lives in Conroe, Texas. His less-than-ideal vision meant that every morning before work, he had a less-than-ideal choice to make – glasses or contacts.
“Having to choose ‘Do I wear my glasses today or do I wear contacts?’ was basically the same as choosing ‘Do I want a headache today from my glasses or do I want dry eyes from my contacts?’” he said. “Not much of a choice.”
But in early 2019, Brett went off script and made a completely different choice. One he’d thought about for a few years and was finally ready to make a move on. Brett decided to have LASIK at Mann Eye Institute. “It was a few years of thinking about it, but once I made that decision, it was life-changing.”
Best Choice Ever!
Today, Brett couldn’t be happier with his choice. In fact, he says his vision after LASIK is even better than it was when wearing his corrective eyewear before LASIK. He’s equally glad he chose Mann Eye Institute for his LASIK procedure. “From the front desk staff to the surgical team, everyone was super professional and helpful,” he said. “I always knew exactly what was going on and they put me completely at ease about it all. It was truly a great experience and I would recommend it 100 percent.”
From enjoying a game of basketball or a dip in the pool to his work with his patients, everything Brett does is made easier with improved vision without the hassles of glasses and contacts. “Not having to worry about putting in contacts or putting on my glasses in the morning is wonderful!” said Brett. “I can just get up and go!”
Working in patient care and not having to worry about glasses and contacts anymore allows Brett to put all his time and energy into focusing on the wellbeing of his patients and their treatment. “It’s just one less distraction that I believe enables me to be a better clinician,” he said.
The Mann Eye Difference
For more than 40 years, the accomplished specialists at Mann Eye Institute have been at the forefront of vision correction. Our experienced surgeons have collectively performed hundreds of thousands of LASIK procedures, helping countless people just like Brett (and just like you!) to See Life Better.
Have we seen your eyes yet? Let’s change that. Schedule your FREE LASIK consultation today.
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.
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!
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.
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. 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!