Vision Correction Success Story - Geoffrey’s Visian ICL Experience

How Geoffrey’s Bad Eyesight Was Corrected with Visian ICL

Have you ever heard of coke bottle glasses? They are eyeglasses with extremely thick lenses for those with extremely poor eyesight. Digital marketer Geoffrey Pyrzynski can tell you all about them.

Geoffrey with his dog Ely.

Prior to his vision correction procedure at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson’s Solutions in Sight Surgical Center in November of 2011, Geoffrey had been wearing coke bottle glasses and then contacts for seeing far since he was a small boy. “For almost as long as I can remember!” As his vision gradually declined into adulthood, trips to his optometrist increased. 

Geoffrey wearing glasses around age eight.

Although terrified of needles and surgery, Geoffrey’s eyesight was effecting every part of his life and he was interested in finding an advanced solution. “My lifestyle depends heavily on my eyes. I do data analysis and internet marketing. Both require me to see hidden insights in large sets of data or code—For a hobby I like to play and record the old Star Trek games and get them working for Mac computers (even if they were a Windows game).”

Geoffrey’s optometrist in Orland Park recommended Dr. Swale who he knew performed a new experimental procedure at the time called Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (Visian ICL for short).

Visian ICL is a removable lens implant that is an attractive alternative to LASIK and other refractive procedures because it does not eliminate any corneal tissue and can be removed when the time comes for cataract surgery when you’re older.

Geoffrey’s optometrist said he might be a good candidate for Visian ICL since Lasik surgery would not be good for him. The reason being, the laser used in Lasik surgery would need to be kept on each of Geoffrey’s eyes for very long given his high prescription and the procedure would be very painful for him.

Although Bourbonnais is an hour’s drive away, Geoff is an early adopter of technology and always looking for the cutting edge in all things.

“I knew that this was an invasive procedure, but the life changing results were too promising to ignore.” 

What motivated him to move forward with Visian ICL?

“Honestly, it was Dr. Swale. I never felt rushed with him. He was always very kind and understanding. He gave me as much information as he could before the procedure and was honest with me regarding the recovery time, results, and some challenges that I might face. He even offered to play calming music during the procedure and talk me through it.”

Geoffrey’s Visian ICL experience was so good that he says “within a few minutes of the procedure, I could see the clock on the far wall and tell the time! A few weeks later, I could see perfectly.”

What is life like for Geoffrey after the procedure?

Geoffrey Pyrzynski holding baby daughter up in nature, August 2018.

“I can now wake up in the morning and not have to worry about reaching for my glasses. If they dropped on the floor I would have needed to pat the ground to find them. I am able to enjoy swimming and snorkeling. I can see the full vibrant color of a fish without having to worry about losing a contact lens if water got into my goggles. I can even see better than some other people. I can lean away from my Mac without having to squint to read smaller text. Even some people who have never had issues with their eyes are surprised that I am able to read better than they do.”

Geoffrey Pyrzynski ringing in the New Year 2019 with baby daughter.

Suffice it to say Visian ICL has made a huge impact in Geoffrey’s life and work.

To see if you or someone you know is a good candidate for Visian ICL, call us at (815) 932-2020 to make an appointment.

For fun, you can visit Geoffrey’s YouTube Channel Star Trek Games to see him in action demoing Star Trek games and other tutorials with his new eyesight. 

Geoffrey in action demoing a Star Trek game called Klingon Academy for Mac users. Screenshot April 17, 2017.