You know when people tell you something isn’t a big deal, that’s it’s easy and great, but you kind of don’t believe them and secretly think they’re only saying it because they’re trying to sell you something, or that they suffered and want you to suffer too? OK, perhaps a bit dramatic, but please believe me when I say that TLC Laser Eye Center in Waltham is THE BEST, and that the surgery is EASY AND GREAT.
I’ve worn contacts and glasses my whole life, and finally got to the point where I just didn’t want to deal with them any longer so started to more seriously consider LASIK. My eye doctor recommended TLC to me a few years ago, and I just wasn’t mentally ready. When I finally got the courage to give it a try my doc said to get myself over to TLC for the initial consultation to see if I’d be a candidate.
The initial consultation was amazing. Everything from scheduling the appointment, to checking in, to the multiple eye scans and tests, to the conversation about payment options (Donna, OMG so awesome), to the super friendly and knowledgeable staff… this team is the best and they made me feel really comfortable and confident in my decision to have the surgery done at TLC. Colleen was my consultant during this time and she was so smart and friendly, another TLC rock star!
Brini was a dream, she was my primary point of contact throughout the whole process and answered all of my questions. She was so helpful, thoughtful and thorough. I never felt like I was bothering her and she was always quick to respond.
The day of the surgery couldn’t have been easier. All in all I was there for ~3 hours, a mixture of checking in, paying, and a final eye check to make sure I didn’t have any residual makeup left on my eyes. I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Villazon before the surgery, he was so incredibly nice, calming, and reassuring. I told him I felt like I was meeting a celebrity because of all the accolades and hype about how tremendous he is… believe it, he’s the best! He gave me a low dose of Xanax to take the edge off, had me lounge for 15 minutes until it kicked in then off to the surgery suite I went.
This team couldn’t have made the procedure any more fun, I swear! They had 80’s music playing in the surgery suite, both Brini and Colleen were in the room with me, as well as Dr. V. They talk you through the whole procedure, letting you know what to expect and when. It took less than 15 minutes and when I say it wasn’t a big deal, I swear it was so much easier than I ever expected it would be.
I literally danced out of the surgery suite, headed home to sleep for a few hours (yes recovery for the first few hours isn’t comfortable but if you sleep, it’s manageable). Donna from TLC called that night to check in on me, and then Jim emailed the following morning to see how I was progressing.
After my 1 day post op (handled by my own eye doc, not TLC) I was told that my eyes are healing perfectly, that everything looks superb, and that I have better than 20/20 vision.
Like everyone else who has had this surgery, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get it done. Go to TLC, meet their amazing staff who feel more like family than medical consultants, and don’t freak out about the surgery because it’s not as big a deal as you might work it up to be.
Thank you so much to the entire team at TLC, you seriously changed my life!