Check out Berkeley Eye Center’s latest video featuring former Marine Sergeant John Boerstler. John contacted Berkeley Eye Center and requested a meeting to present an award to Berkeley Eye Center and Dr. Michael Caplan to thank him for the PRK vision correction procedure he performed on him before being deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Former Marine Sergeant, John Boerstler, credits Dr. Michael Caplan and Berkeley Eye Center for saving his vision.
John underwent PRK vision correction surgery at Berkeley Eye Center in anticipation of being deployed overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed to Afghanistan, John’s vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device or roadside bomb, severely injuring his right eye. After being medically evacuated and treated, John was able to return to full duty.
Upon his return to the states, John contacted Berkeley Eye Center about presenting an award from the Wounded Warrior Project to Dr. Caplan for not only correcting his vision, but choosing the safest vision correction procedure that was specific to his needs as a marine.
Here is his story…
John: My name is John Boerstler. I served in the marine corp from 1999 to 2007, and I just came back to say “Thank you” to Dr. Caplan and the Berkeley Eye Center for treating me with the PRK surgery in 2004 before I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where I was seriously injured in my right eye.
Dr. Caplan: Every patient who comes in wanting refractive surgery is unique and the decision about whether to do surgery and what type of surgery is really specific to their needs. In John’s case, he was about to be deployed and obviously at risk for having some injury to the eyes so it was elected to do a treatment with PRK as opposed to LASIK in case. In case that happened, it would probably be safer for John, and that’s the way it turned out, that he did have an injury, and it ended up being the right decision.
Dr. Caplan: Compared to what John has done the last five or six years my job is actually pretty easy. But you know it does make you feel good to understand that the decisions that we make every single day impact people’s lives, not only right after they have the procedure, but also for years to come, and so it gives you a good feeling to know that the work that we’re doing is really helping change people’s lives.
John: Thank you sir.
Dr. Caplan: Thank you John. Ok, appreciate it.
Thank you, John.
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