The photo above was taken on Saturday during the filming of our commercial (airing date TBD) and shows one of our patients giving her testimonial on LASIK surgery. This patient came to the Atlanta Vision Institute for a consultation after learning she had Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis. Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) is essentially a type of allergic reaction to a foreign object in the eye; for this particular patient, it was her contact lenses. People who have been diagnosed with GPC have typically experienced symptoms like swollen, uncomfortable red eyes and the inability to wear contact lenses. There have been studies linking GPC with improper contact use, such as not cleaning the lenses frequently or leaving the same pair in the eyes for too long. The patient in the photo above tried wearing daily disposable contact lenses to reduce her symptoms, but the high expense resulted in her wanting the freedom of seeing clearly without the need for contacts or glasses. Dr. Ashraf performed LASIK on her and in the commercial we filmed on Saturday, she stated that she could see clearly and regrets not getting the surgery sooner. In cases like this, LASIK is a great alternative because it gives people the freedom to avoid putting foreign objects in their eyes. If you have trouble wearing contact lenses or have been diagnosed with GPC by your eye doctor, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ashraf to see if you’re a candidate for LASIK surgery.