New vision correction surgery helping San Diegans see


>>>A BRAND-NEW LESS INVASIVE EYE SURGERY HAS MORE PEOPLE SAYING GOODBYE TO THE GLASSES AND CONTACTS.>>AMANDA BRANDEIS MET ONE MOTHER WHO SOME RESULTS ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.>>Reporter: FROM THE LITTLE THINGS LIKE BEING ABLE TO SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF A BOARD GAME TO THE BIGGER THINGS.>>EVERYTHING WAS HARD TO DO, ESPECIALLY DRIVING, SEEING PEOPLE LIKE AT THE KIDS SCHOOL.>>Reporter: POOR VISION MADE EVERY PART OF LIFE HARDER FOR MICHELLE.>>I ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT MY VISION. I HAVE GLASSES AND I HAVE BACKUP GLASSES, PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES, CONTACTS, BACKUP CONTACTS.>>Reporter: AFTER SUFFERING FOR 20 YEARS SHE FINALLY ASKED FOR HELP.>>MY JOB IS TO MAKE THE BEST RECOMMENDATION FOR THE PATIENT.>>Reporter: DOCTOR SANDY T FELDMAN HAS A NEW TOOL TO HELP HER MAKE THAT DECISION. IT IS CALLED SMILE. ONLY A HANDFUL OF CALIFORNIA SURGEONS ARE DOING IT.>>THE PROCEDURE IS A LITTLE GENTLER AND A SMALLER WOUND.>>Reporter: IT’S A GOOD OPTION FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEARSIGHTED OR HAVE ASTIGMATISM. IT IS ALSO GOOD FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE DRY EYES OR PLAY CONTACT SPORTS.>>IT IS CREATING THE INCISION SO IT IS ONLY THE INCISION THAT IS A FEW MILLIMETERS.>>Reporter: THERE IS ONLY ONE LASER AND RECOVERY TIME IS LESS PAINFUL FOR THE PATIENT.>>I WAS NERVOUS. I HAVE SOME DOUBTS THAT IT WOULD EVEN WORK FOR ME. IT SOUNDED ALMOST A LITTLE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.>>Reporter: SHE HAD NOTHING TO LOSE. THE DAY AFTER SURGERY SHE WOKE UP WITH A SMILE.>>I COULD SEE ACROSS THE ROOM. I COULD SEE THE TV. I COULD SEE MY KIDS FACES. I COULD NOT BE MORE GRATEFUL AND MORE HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS.>>Reporter: AMANDA BRANDEIS 10 NEWS.>>CLEARLY I AM THEY ARE.>>WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT.

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