LASIK in Cache Valley

Dr. Hammond performed LASIK for me in June of 2011. I can’t say enough good about the procedure, the expertise and the skill of Dr Hammond. Dr Hammond’s enthusiasm and knowledge during my 1st consultation totally put me at ease. I knew he was the right doctor for me when I realized he has done this procedure thousands and thousands of times for our countries soldiers. I was also reassured by the new equipment that is absolutely top of the line.

The procedure was painless and took less than 15minutes. Virtually immediately after the procedure I could see better than with my glasses and the next day I was back to my normal routine. Dr Hammond’s follow-up care was outstanding.

As an avid skier it was always a challenge to see clearly. My glasses would fog up or contacts were causing problems. Those problems are gone! No more extra contacts, glasses, solution or drying rags. The new found freedom to wear sun glasses, go swimming or playing ball with kids With Out worrying about glasses or contacts has been awesome. I only wish I would have has LASIK 15 years ago. I have recommended Dr Hammond to my family and friends for their eye care. We are lucky to have such a skill and experienced doctor with the equipment right here in Cache Valley.

Jeff Major

New “View” on Life

LASIK in Logan
I am so happy with my vision and the confidence I have gained from not wearing glasses. I have had many compliments on my eyes since.

I had Lasik done in October of 2009. I have fantastic vision and have recently been on a cruise and enjoyed every minute of not wearing contacts or glasses and getting in the water. When it rains or snows I don’t have to carry a certain rag for my glasses. No more cleaning glasses! I love to wake up in the morning and seeing the clock without trying to find my glasses, accidentally dropping them on the floor and then trying to find them. I am so happy with my vision and the confidence I have gained from not wearing glasses.

I have had many compliments on my eyes since. Dr. Hammond is very skilled in his profession. He has the best bedside manner I have ever seen. He called me 2 hours after the surgery and every 30 minutes until he felt I was good for the night. I then continued to receive calls for the next few days just to make sure I was progressing and feeling comfortable. I am so thankful for his precision and understanding of his specialty.

Thank you Dr. Hammond for a new “View” on life!

Tiffany Frandsen

20/15 Vision in Both Eyes

LASIK in Logan
I have full confidence in Dr. Hammond and would recommend him to anyone needing an Ophthalmologist. My vision now is 20/15 in both eyes and I am extremely happy with the results.

I had LASIK on both of my eyes by Dr. Matthew Hammond on Feb 2, 2009. Dr. Hammond is a very personable and kind physician. He has a superb bedside manner and truly cares for his patients. He explained the procedure to me and insured that all of my questions were answered prior to surgery. During the procedure he talked to me and assured me that everything was going great. After the procedure he made sure to ask me how I was doing, he answered a few more questions then reminded me to call him if I had any further questions or concerns.

Since my surgery Dr. Hammond never passes me in the hall without asking how I am doing or how is my vision. I have full confidence in Dr. Hammond and would recommend him to anyone needing an ophthalmologist.

My vision now is 20/15 in both eyes and I am extremely happy with the results!

April L. Baccinelli, Nurse

Nothing but Perfect

PRK – LASER Vision Correction (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
My outcome has been nothing but perfect. Today my vision is 20/15 and I am able to lead an active lifestyle without worrying about my glasses or contacts.

I had PRK with Dr. Matthew Hammond on 04 September 2008. Before PRK I was extremely near sighted and wore glasses since I was 8 years old. I started wearing contacts at age 13 but as I got older they became uncomfortable. It was difficult for me to wear glasses because of my active lifestyle so I contemplated on having refractive surgery.

Being an optometrist I researched many surgeons and procedures and because of the excellent outcomes and reputation of Dr. Hammond I choose to have surgery with him. My experience with Dr. Hammond was excellent. He explained all the procedures in depth and made me feel very at ease. My outcome has been nothing but perfect.

Today my vision is 20/15 and I am able to lead an active lifestyle without worrying about my glasses or contacts. I would recommend anyone who is a good candidate for surgery to put their trust in Dr. Hammond. He is one of the best surgeons I have had the pleasure to work with.

Chan L. Webster, Optometrist

Refractive Surgery is a Lifesaver in Combat

PRK – LASER Vision Correction (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
24 Seconds to one of the best gifts ever!
I am writing to thank you for the time and care you took helping me through the PRK surgery performed on October 22nd, 2007! I was very excited in the days and months leading up to the surgery, a bit of anxiety the day of the surgery, and finally, to my surprise, disappointment at the results immediately following the surgery. I had so hoped for a dramatic, immediate restoration of my sight. When I sat up after the surgery, the doctor asked me if I could see the clock. I told him I could but that I could see it BEFORE the surgery. Then he showed me his watch and asked the same thing. I mustered as much enthusiasm as I could when I said I could. Disappointment in immediate ‘amazing’ results was mounting.

That first week I could see nothing well. No reading, no computer, no movies and halos around lights, especially at night. I was frustrated. However, I knew from the information you gave me that the first few weeks were critical process that required patience, especially the first week. I continued to remind myself that PRK takes time to heal and that the eyes improve over time, weeks, sometimes months. Even after the first week of hourly medication, eye drops and checkups I felt let down, however, I reminded myself that the process takes time, even in the best of circumstances.
I did notice that healing was taking place. The halos had gone, the blurriness was significantly reduced and driving at night and the glare of the various lights at night presented no noticeable difficulty. I knew I was in the major phase of healing and rebuilding; cautious hope and patience were the watchwords that kept me looking for more clues to the process. In fact, the monthly visits to the clinic were my “scoreboard” of success. After every follow up I was astounded at the improvement in my eyesight as indicated by the test results. Previous 20/50 vision was now around 20/20 (ultimately ending up at 20/15).

I waited longer. Then, another gunnery rotation at Grafenwoehr, Germany, in December 2007, convinced me of the complete success of the surgery. I was faced with the prospect of all my weapons qualifications without corrective lenses. Coupled with another deployment to Iraq in the spring of 2008, I wanted my eyes to be ready. I found out just how ready when we went to the M4 range for the first time. Conditions were poor; wet, cold, windy, rainy, foggy and new laser optics for the M4. This would truly be a test of the effectiveness of the PRK.

I first grouped and zeroed my weapon using the iron sight. Keep in mind that we were using brand new laser optics and new backup iron sights so this would be a true zero, not the fine tune zero I was accustomed to making. I noticed right away that my vision area was larger, no longer constrained by the protective eye wear inserts and the blurry outlines of an object due to astigmatism. My first shot group was tight, about the size of a nickel. Then it took only two subsequent adjustments to put my zero at center of the target. I was very excited! This allowed me to move on to the laser sight calibration (essentially the same as iron sight zero but with a red laser aiming dot through optics). At this point I noticed that my astigmatism had diminished to the point where I could make the laser dot much, much smaller than my target, offering me more flexibility in shot placement. Before PRK surgery, the ‘fuzziness’ at the edges of the dot prohibited me from making such fine adjustments. As a result of the excellent iron sight zero, I only had to make minor adjustments to the laser to put the dot at target center. Not only was I able to use a much smaller dot for targeting, I now had a much greater range for accuracy. I could now pick a specific location on the target; head, left shoulder, right shoulder, not just a vague center body mass. I was no longer praying after each shot that I had mentally calculated the appropriate level of adjustment. I KNEW I was hitting what I aimed at. It’s sort of like the difference between trying to find where your friend lives from a map of the United States to finding your friend using a city map.
And now we come to the true test. M4 qualification. By now the cloudy skies had cast a gloomy pall over the range; wet, cold and excited to lie in the mud I prepared my magazines and firing positions. 20 targets from the prone supported, 10 from the prone unsupported and 10 from the kneeling position.

Here I was, ready to test everything out, and suddenly the targets began popping up! I say suddenly because I wasn’t actually ready when they started due to miss-communication with the tower. It didn’t matter. My shots were on target and quick. The thrill of shooting the target with the first shot every time was exhilarating! My decision time to target had dropped markedly. No longer was I double checking my sight picture. I was pointing and shooting. Target up, target down. I was ecstatic! It felt like I couldn’t miss. 300m targets? No problem! I shot 35/40 and shot 10/10 of my kneeling targets. This was how I knew the surgery paid off; no more decision time to target. Before, with all of the astigmatism, I double checked my center body mass sight picture to make sure that I had averaged the edge blurriness of my front sight post with the edge blurriness of my target. Not only did my decision time drop to nearly zero, my confidence went up 10x.

My last check up was February 22nd, 2008 (the fifth checkup), just in time for deployment. My children (4 boys, 1 girl) and wife all enjoy the benefits of no glasses. I no longer have to call a ‘time out’ to take off my glasses before I wrestle my kids and play. I have at last thrown away all my old prescription glasses and now only have sunglasses to wear!

Throughout my second tour in Iraq, a 15 month deployment, I was reminded time and time again of the benefits of the PRK surgery by Dr. Hammond. Night driving with night vision, not having to change prescription inserts between sunglass and clear eye protection and conducting over 18 small arms ranges. In spite of all the sand storms during training in Kuwait and over 232 missions (over 19,000 kilometers of driving covering 2,500 square kilometers in the east and south of Baghdad) in Iraq dirt storms, my eyes never once experienced relapse or failed. Another subtle and important improvement for me was an increase in color vision accuracy. Prior to the surgery my substandard color vision was further impaired by the ‘blurriness’ caused by astigmatism.

I wrote to thank you for helping me through the entire process and the professional staff that performed the surgery. Your pre surgery meetings to explain the process were super and helped set me at ease, especially the session the day of the surgery. I am grateful that my surgery was performed with the latest technology. I was shocked that the surgery time in each eye was so short. I was told initially that my surgery would take 45-60 seconds in each eye but the actual laser time was only about 12 seconds per eye; 24 seconds to one of the best gifts ever!

Damian W. Sower, Soldier, US Army

Seeing the World Clearly Again

Lifestyle Lens Implants – IOL (Intraocular lenses)
It is great to be able to see the world clearly again!
Dr. Hammond was very thorough in his examination and explanation of my condition. Mine was a very difficult procedure, but he handled it with great expertise and I was very impressed by his skills and concern for my complete recovery.

It is great to be able to see the world clearly again!

Clayton Obray

LASIK – Couldn’t Be More Pleased 20/20 Again

LASIK in Logan
I love the freedom from glasses and I am enjoying 20/20 vision once again.

I recently had Monovision iLasik done by Dr. Matthew Hammond and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. My eyes had changed over the past several years to the point that I had become more and more dependent on reading glasses and bifocals to see smaller print. By having the monovision Lasik done I am now able to see both near and far without any type of glasses. I love the freedom from glasses and I am enjoying 20/20 vision once again.
The process to get to this point has been easy and painless. I had an initial consultation with Dr. Hammond and we discussed options that might benefit me. I had an eye exam done as well as other tests to see if I would be a candidate for iLasik. Prior to the procedure my eyes were checked thoroughly to verify that my vision would be exactly right. The iLasik procedure was painless and took a very short amount of time. Dr. Hammond and his staff are very professional as well as personable. I would recommend their office to anyone.

I am very happy with my results and feel that we are very fortunate to have Dr. Hammond serving the people of Cache Valley. He is a skilled physician who truly cares about his patients, takes the time to answers your questions and understands the concerns that people have regarding their vision.

Varsi G. Olsen

The Best Vision I Can Ever Remember

Lifestyle Lens Implants – IOL (Intraocular lenses)
I am thrilled to be able to see distance and also be able to read up close without glasses.

Thank you the best vision I can remember ever having. How wonderful to be able to see without corrective lenses. I am thrilled to be able to see distance and also be able to read up close without glasses. Those intraocular lenses are great.

Until this corrective surgery, my vision had been very poor. I’d worn glasses or contacts since I was 9 or 10 years old. Having cataracts further degrading my vision, I appreciate your counsel to correct one eye for distance and one for reading. That is what I was used to with my contact lenses and I am very pleased with the outcome.
Thank you for your expertise, your professionalism and compassionate eye care.

Susan Lee, Post-op Nurse

No More Coke Bottle Glasses!

ICL – Implantable Contact Lens
Having seen for years the excellent outcomes Dr. Hammond’s patients had received in our hospital, I trusted him with my eyes and it’s the best medical decision I’ve ever made.
36 years of coke bottle glasses are over!!!!

I’m a practicing neurologist who’s worn glasses since the second grade and if I took my glasses off, couldn’t tell you which patient was sitting across the desk from me. I didn’t qualify for PRK or LASIK (my vision was too bad), and couldn’t tolerate wearing contacts for more than a few hours at a time and so had basically given up on those options. Having seen for years the excellent outcomes Dr. Hammond’s patients had received in our hospital, I trusted him with my eyes and it’s the best medical decision I’ve ever made. I was back in the office the day after the procedure and could see the fine details my profession requires without squinting, and that afternoon was walking my dogs wearing sunglasses that didn’t require a prescription. The care was outstanding, the patient education he provided was clear, and the compassion he shows is remarkable.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or outcome.

Shawna Scully MD, Neurologist

Excellent Decision to Have PRK

PRK – LASER Vision Correction (Photorefractive Keratectomy
I would have PRK all over again!

I must have been the luckiest person to have had Dr. Hammond as my surgeon. He is compassionate, caring, reassuring, and undoubtedly, a very competent Surgeon! I have been pleased with my preoperative, during and postoperative care with Dr. Hammond.
If asked, I would have PRK done all over again! He is the Best!

Grace Dewars, Optometrist

World of Difference

ICL – Implantable Contact Lens
Dr. Hammond’s professionalism and dedication to his patients helped to allay my concerns and has resulted in near perfect vision.
I have worn glasses since age 2, had a severe astigmatism and had a lens prescription of over – 16 diopters in both eyes, essentially legally blind without correction. Having dealt with numerous ophthalmologists in the lead up to this event, I had felt a certain degree of apprehension regarding the procedure, but Dr. Hammond’s professionalism and dedication to his patients helped to allay my concerns and has resulted in near perfect vision.
My thanks to Dr. Hammond for his outstanding work on this surgery; it has made a world of difference in my life.
David Tiedemann, Executive Officer

Clear Vision through iLASIK

LASIK in Logan
I want to say how pleased I am with everything related to my iLASIK procedure. Dr. Hammond and his staff are superior and I can’t say enough about them.

I am approaching the second anniversary of my eye surgery. I want to say how pleased I am with everything related to the experience. The procedure was quick and painless and after two years my vision is still amazing. I work in an eye clinic and always felt odd discussing LASIK with patients while still wearing glasses myself.

I chose to have Dr. Hammond do my surgery. He and his staff were excellent. I am so happy I had it done. Dr. Hammond and his staff are superior and I can’t say enough about them!

Julian Lewis, Eye Technician

Surgeons Need Great Vision

LASIK in Logan
Within 30 minutes of being taken to the operating room, I had 20/20 vision for the first time in my life since childhood and without an ounce of pain. My recovery took less than one hour and I was back to work that very same day.

As someone who has needed glasses to see further than 5 inches from my face since the age of 11, and who has worn contact lenses for over 20 years, I understand the handicap that correcting severe defects in one’s vision can create, especially as a surgeon in the United States Army. Not only do I need perfect eyesight to work, but also the desired flexibility to be available at a moment’s notice and to practice in austere environments.

It was only after I was introduced to Dr. Hammond and the truly revolutionary ICL procedure that I realized I might at last be afforded the opportunity to unburden myself of glasses and extended-wear prosthetics. Not being a candidate for LASIK or PRK due to the severity of my deficit, a new technology was my only hope for unfettered sight. And so I volunteered to be the second patient to receive implantable contact lenses here at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center by undergoing a procedure not unlike that of cataract repair.

Within 30 minutes of being taken to the operating room, I had 20/20 vision for the first time in my life since childhood and without an ounce of pain. My recovery took less than one hour and I was back to work that very same day. Only three days later, my vision was 20/10-15, better than I’ve ever experienced with conventional lenses.

It has now been over 6 months and I have not a single complaint. ICL has changed my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful!

Benjamon R. Sigmond MD, General Surgeon

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