It’s time for me to get a little personal on the blog, and share with you the beginning of my journey into something I’ve long wanted to do for myself. Here is the beginning of my own personal vision story.
I picked out my first pair of glasses back when in 5th grade, after my elementary school teacher referred me to an eye doctor following weeks of squinting at the board. I remember getting my glasses and never liking them, always wishing I didn’t need them and only wearing them when I absolutely needed to. They were never something I truly felt myself in and wanted to show off.
Years later, while I’m comfortable in my own skin now, I still don’t enjoy wearing glasses. Most days I wear contacts, but with how strong my prescription is, it’s either glasses or contacts every waking moment or I’m blind as a bat. Inconvenient is the best word I’ve always used to describe it.
This week I’m changing all of that. On Monday I drove to the offices of Dr. Silverman at EyeCare 20/20 in East Hanover, New Jersey. You could say that this appointment was the first step, and also the day I committed to doing something for me and towards a lifestyle free of the inconveniences and hassle of glasses and contact lens solutions that have plagued me all these years.
I’ll be the first to admit, my nerves started a bit the night before, the “unknowns” getting the best of me. While I knew I was interested, there were still some underlying concerns and felt I needed that face to face interaction to really feel at ease. Everything from checking out their website to making the appointment was easy as pie, but for me, the clutch was actually going.
When I pulled into the ample parking lot and saw their offices, I immediately knew I was dealing with a well established business, somewhere safe to trust my priceless eyes! The offices are clean (so important to me!) and neat and there is a comfy patient waiting area stocked with daily newspapers, magazines and Keurig coffee to sip on while you fill out your new patient paperwork. I loved how friendly the office staff was and how when they called me for my appointment, they addressed me by name and with a welcome smile along with it.
Here’s what’s amazing about the offices of Dr. Silverman – everything, and I mean everything is done in house. There is no hassle of driving from one location to the next, and the high-tech machinery used to perform the surgeries is located in the building. You can view the machinery while you are in the office for your screening! I was easily able to have my pre-screening done to make sure I was a candidate, then meet Dr. Silverman and have a professional and friendly chat right after.
Dr. Silverman is immediately warm and welcoming and you can just feel the care he has for his patients and his practice – it radiates off of him. I knew of his established reputation as an industry leader in the medical world, but his demeanor and ability to talk to me about my personal concerns and eyesight journey was what won me over. Any worries I had were erased just like that. After answering the questions I had, I told Dr. Silverman I was ready for the next steps and was able to complete my full consultation the same day. As a busy mom with a full schedule, I loved how easy the process was for me and how the office was so accommodating.
After completing the full consult, I met the LASIK scheduler who was there with me since my initial phone call answering all my questions and helping me along the way. I expressed my desire to have the procedure completed before the holidays so I could focus on my family without the hassle of my contacts or glasses. The office was able to schedule me for this week after 3 full days of wearing my glasses prior to surgery!
When I walked out of EyeCare 20/20, I had a game plan for my day of surgery, instructions on what to do, and a brewing sense of excitement and gratitude for what was to come! After years upon years of wanting to wake up in the morning and seeing clearly, my dream is going to come true!
I’m so excited to be sharing my LASIK journey with EyeCare 20/20 with you and encourage you to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as I share my real life experience with you! Big thanks to Dr. Silverman and the amazing team at EyeCare 20/20. Stay tuned for more details soon!
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