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LASIK Success

November 05, 1999

After 32 years of being dependent on them, Christa Banks no longer needs contact lenses.

Before having LASIK done in late September, she wore reading glasses with her contacts and bifocals when she wasn't wearing the lenses. Banks, of Martinsburg, W.Va., says her contacts had become uncomfortable and she didn't want to wear glasses all the time because she has a 5-year-old son, A.R., to keep up with.

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Banks is a certified assistant to Dr. Vigilio Tan, an ophthalmologist with offices in Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs, W.Va. She says he was not enthusiastic about photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) but was more comfortable with the concept of LASIK, a procedure he does not perform.

So she had the nearsightedness and astigmatism in both eyes corrected at Laser Vision Center in Baltimore, LLC.

Now her vision is 20/15, meaning she can see at 20 feet what others with perfect vision can see at 15 feet.

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Right after the surgery, "My eyes felt like I had dirty contacts," says Banks, 48. That did not surprise her, though, as the surgeon said her vision would be cloudy afterward.

She was told to keep her eyes closed while being driven home but when she sneaked a peek, she could see.

The next day she was running typical errands -going to the grocery store, taking her son to kindergarten - without any problems.

"This is so much better. It's just convenient to see without glasses. It's a miracle," Banks says.

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