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Previous Refractive Surgery Patients: Diminished Results?

Modern refractive surgery was first effectively introduced by a Russian surgeon, Dr. Svyatoslav Fyodorov in 1974 when he began performing "RK" or Refractive Keratotomy. Ever since RK was brought to the United States in the early 80s, refractive surgery has undergone several evolutions leading to our current highly sophisticated laser and implantable contact lens options. With this advanced technology, results have become more and more predictable and long-lasting.

But what about previous refractive surgery patients whose results have diminished? Are there options for patients who had RK years ago? How about for patients who’ve had previous PRK? Or what of a LASIK patient who’s interested in a touch-up? The answer is oftentimes "YES!"

Unfortunately, many times a patient’s own eye doctor will tell them incorrectly, "no". See Amy Van Dyken's story (pictured right).

Training and Experience Is Everything: Corneal Fellowships

As a corneal fellowship trained eye surgeon, Dr. McCulloch is uniquely qualified to perform surgery on corneas…the part of the eye where most refractive surgery is done! This advanced training is only offered to the best M.D.s and has not only prepared him to operate on patients new to refractive surgery, but also:

  • Patients who’ve had previous and other types of refractive surgery with reduced results
  • Patients who’ve had refractive surgery complications
  • And even patients who've undergone other types of eye surgery with less than desirable results, i.e. post-cataract surgery

In fact, Dr. McCulloch's expertise is often consulted by other eye surgeons around the state and country.

Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken (co-host on "The Peak") Testimonial

The 6-time gold medal Olympic champion swimmer, and current co-host of the popular morning radio show "Chris and Amy in the Morning" on 98.7 FM, is excited to share her experience as a LASIK patient.

"I recently had my eye surgery at Horizon Eye Specialists and couldn’t be happier! I had LASIK many years ago in Colorado and noticed a decrease in my vision of late. I became even more frustrated when I visited other surgeons in town who told me I couldn't have a touch-up procedure performed. After an extensive evaluation, Dr. McCulloch informed me I COULD have my vision corrected and the results have been outstanding! Thanks so much to Dr. McCulloch and his wonderful staff!"

Amy Van Dyken is an American swimmer who has 6 Olympic gold medals. Four of them came in the 1996 Summer Olympics, making her the first American woman to accomplish that feat, and the most decorated athlete (male or female) of the ’96 Games. Amy is currently the co-host of a popular Valley morning show Chris and Amy in the Morning on KPKX-FM (98.7 "The Peak").

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