Veteran Gets LASIK Before Deployment

Kentucky National Guard member Alan Howe was in a field artillery unit, tasked to be deployed to an
army military police unit in Afghanistan.

“At the time, I was wearing contacts and glasses,” says Howe, who served in the National Guard for 15
years. “I didn’t want the upkeep of contacts, and I didn’t want to rely on glasses.”

In fact, as he knew from basic training, having contacts and glasses weren’t just an inconvenience; theycould present real problems in a combat situation.

“I still have bad memories of losing my glasses in a foxhole in basic training in the middle of the night and having to be guided around by my ‘battle buddy,’” Howe says. “I felt so helpless.”

So Howe decided to get LASIK before he deployed.

“The procedure went smoothly, and as soon as they were finished, I could already see improvement in
my vision,” says the veteran. “I was very sensitive to light that day, but I went straight to sleep for the rest of the day. When I woke up that night, my eyes were as good as new.”

During his deployment, his vision was excellent and he had no complications with his night vision.

“Today my eyes are still better than 20/20,” says Howe.

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Carolina O. Polo is a freelance writer who writes about eye health and technology for a variety
of publications and websites. She’s a regular contributor to The Surgeon Blog for LasikPlus.

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