Meet this week’s spotlight patient case – Patrick Irwin.
Patrick is a state trooper from Massachusetts, and at 30 years old, he’s worn glasses since he was nine years old in the 5th grade. “I’ve never worn contacts, because I don’t like things touching my eyes. It freaks me out.”
Patrick is nearsighted – his current vision without glasses is worse than 20/400. His glasses prescription sits just at -6.50D of myopia.
But he’s also active. “I’ve been a football player, a wrestler, an MMA trainee and competitor, a combative and weapons training instructor, a cadet, a paratrooper, an army officer, and a police officer. Boxing, jiu-jitsu, defensive tactics, cross-fit, half-marathons and ruck marches – you name it. I like doing all of it. But I’ve always had to wear glasses to see, and if I take them off, I have to deal with the fact that I can’t see a whole lot going on.” Without glasses, Patrick has approximately 16cm (or 8 inches) of standard vision compared to the perfect eye.
“It doesn’t really bother me – I’ve worn glasses my whole life.” When asked if he deals with issues of fogging glasses, sweaty spectacles during physical activity, and the general dependence on glasses for his vision, Patrick shrugs. “There’s stuff I’d like to be able to do without glasses. I’m used to it, but they do get in the way of things. That’s why I’m here. It would be nice to just…be able to see on my own.”
After Patrick’s pre-operative evaluations, he’s ready.
“His eyes are healthy, front to back; he’s got great tissue depths and integrity, and his vision corrects well. He’s a great candidate, and we’re excited to get it rolling!” says his OELI refractive specialist, Dr. JoAnna Liu. “Tomorrow’s his big day.”