I've worn glasses and contacts for 35 years and always wanted to have my vision corrected. I looked into LASIK/PRK years ago and just wasn't comfortable having it done. I recently looked into the process again and came across Nielsen Eye and Dr. Moreira. I cannot say enough great things about the staff at Nielsen Eye and Dr. Moreira. Her staff was extremely attentive, caring and knowledgable about the LASIK procedure from beginning to end. I met with Dr. Moreira and she was fantastic! After the initial exam to see if I qualified for LASIK she too was extremely accommodating to my questions and concerns. Morning of the procedure Dr. Moreira and her staff made you feel at ease and were very attentive. The explained every step I was encountering from taking the pre-op eye drops to what will happen during the procedure. Once in the room and you are laid down to start the procedure Dr. Moreira and her staff would constantly update you for each step that was about to happen and what was happening. There's a two-step process for LASIK, the first step, the slicing of the cornea, was a bit startling because once both eyes are prepped for the laser aspect in the next step you lose all light in your eyes. I was told prior this would happen but I wasn't fully prepared for that experience. I started to have a little panic attack and Dr. Moreira was aware and would talk me through the process. She helped calm me down and we moved on to the next step. During the second step I was able to see the lights of the machine so I started to calm down. The laser part of the procedure took 15 seconds for each eye, again Dr. Moreira guided me through it. Once the procedure was over Dr. Moreira sat me up and I could actually see her and the staff within the room. Although my eyes were extremely foggy from the drops placed in my eyes I was able to get up and walk out of the room on my own. Once home, I had someone drive me home, there's no way you can drive yourself, I took a three hour nap. When I woke up my sight was improving, I was able to see the time on the alarm clock on the otherwise of the room and distances I haven't seen with my naked eye since I was 15. That evening my wife and I went out for dinner, she did have to drive because my eyes were still healing, and I was able to read road signs, far off banners, license plates, you name it I was reading it. I think I was driving my wife crazy by pointing out things that are everyday normal things. At the restaurant I was able to read the menu without my readers. (As of writing this it's been six days since the procedure and I do need my readers for very small type, LASIK doesn't correct nearsightedness.) I've been taking the eye-drops as prescribed and my vision is improving daily. Dr. Moreira mentioned it could take weeks or a month for my vision to be complete. A quick note; my follow-up appointment post-procedure Dr. Moreira checked my eyes and commented that it looked like I never had surgery. That was great to hear. If you have been thinking about getting LASIK done this is a great place to go. As I mentioned the staff and Dr. Moreira were fantastic! As one of the staff members said to me after I asked if she had LASIK done she said 'Yes, it will change your life." I agree. It has changed my life and I wished I had done it earlier. Thank you Nielsen Eye Center.
The experience was wonderful. Everyone there is helpful and kind. The place is very clean and well run. Dr. Song and Dr. Tabaie are thorough and always discuss the visit and their findings thoroughly. Debra in the Optical Department is fantastic too. My family and I would not trust our eye care anywhere else!
I had Lasik done with Doctor Nielsen at the end of August and now have 20/15 vision... Better than 20/20! I was very nervous ahead of the surgery but the office could not have been more professional. My only regret is that I had not done this sooner. 10/10 would recommend.
Mary Kate Gorman