Following LASIK, athletes in the Salt Lake City area experience myriad benefits.
MR. MIKE REED: -Mike Reed. And I’ve been a professional golfer now for about 30 years. I play 25 years on the PGA Tour and been out the last three years on the Champion’s Tour.
And I came to Dr. Hoopes for LASIK surgery about three years ago. I had worn glasses for probably 10 or 15 years prior to that. And I felt like it was a good window for me, because I’d played on the PGA Tour, and had about a year to prepare for the senior tour, the Champion’s Tour when I turned 50. And I wanted my eyesight to be up to speed so that I could out there unencumbered and ready to have success on that level.
And I looked very carefully. I went to different doctors in the area. I also consulted my brother-in-law, who does this surgery down in Las Vegas. And when I came across the name of Dr. Hoopes, I had it—I not only did my own research, I had my brother-in-law research his work. And he came back to me the next day. And he said if I were you, I would run, don’t walk to Dr. Hoopes because not only is he very good, but he’s learned from the very best. And he talked about his background in Kansas City.
I checked with some people in Kansas City. My mother used to live there. So I did a very thorough job of checking this out and studied it thoroughly from every angle I could. And I was quite confident that I went in there, that I could have my eyes come out a heck of a lot better than when I went in.
And that’s exactly what happened. And to be honest with you, if the only reason I had LASIK surgery was to improve my golf, that would have been enough. But what I found is that it improved a lot of other things in my life.
Just the other day, going out in my background about dusk, and having a pick up game of basketball. And shooting around without worrying about the ball ricocheting off your head and breaking your glasses, or how exactly are you going to focus when your focal point changes because of the way the glasses are. I was well aware of that in golf and the inconvenience it is. But you know, driving and seeing road signs and different things at distance and at all times of day. Like I say, that would have been enough of a reason to have LASIK surgery, but it wasn’t the only reason. And now that I’ve had it for three years, I found my life is so much more full and more convenient than it was before. I don’t have to worry about the glasses. I don’t have to wake up in the morning, look outside, and if it’s that kind of sleet, rain that you can get in Scotland, I go oh, geez, how am I going to by with glasses today?
You don’t have to worry about that. And that means a lot to me as a professional golfer. But like I say, I got a lot more than I bargained for. And I don’t think I often think about that. You sort of take your vision for granted. And but after you have LASIK surgery, you realize what—a whole new world opens up to you. And it’s a lot of fun. And I’m glad I did it. And I’d do it again.