Before planting her roots in Oklahoma as an optometrist at EyeCare Associates of Yukon, Tazia Cook Seiden, O.D., grew up in several states, including California, Colorado, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Dr. Seiden’s personal connection to vision correction dates back to her middle school years when she received her first pair of prescription glasses in 6th grade and started wearing contacts in 8th grade. She quickly discovered that the ongoing hassles of changing contact lenses and glasses could be even more cumbersome than changing states.
Aware of the evolving landscape of vision correction, Dr. Seiden chose nJoy Vision for her EVO ICL procedure. Thrilled with her results, Dr. Seiden is sharing her experience at nJoy Vision to guide others considering the revolutionary EVO ICL.
What is your name, and when did you have EVO ICL?
My name is Tazia Cook Seiden. I had my EVO ICL surgery at nJoy Vision on March 2, 2023.
What is your profession, and what role does vision play in your job and/or day-to-day life?
I am an Optometrist/Eye Doctor at Eyecare Associates of Yukon.
How long had you considered EVO ICL, and why did you decide to do it now?
I learned about ICL about 10 years ago but decided to do it now because my prescription has been stable, and I want to be able to enjoy being glasses-free for the next 10 years before presbyopia (need for reading glasses) occurs.
Are you satisfied with the results of your EVO ICL procedure?
Of course! I am glasses-free 99% of the time (occasionally, I need night glasses).
Take us through the EVO ICL process at nJoy Vision, including the consultation, procedure, and next-day follow-up appointment.
The process was very easy, and everyone was very nice. I chose to do a consultation in 2022 to make sure I was a candidate before I unnecessarily stopped wearing my contacts. After I stopped wearing contacts for two weeks (which was not as horrible as I thought it would be), I scheduled my recheck consultation.
I felt very comfortable during the procedure and was seeing pretty well immediately after surgery. The same-day intracular pressure (IOP) check went well. At the next-day follow-up, I was seeing 20/20 out of my right eye, 20/25 out of my left eye, and 20/20 with both eyes.
Tell us about the first time you realized you had bad vision.
I went to an optometrist at the beginning of 6th grade. I didn’t really know there was anything wrong until I received my glasses, and everything looked so much better!
How did your vision impact your life as a child, teenager, and adult?
Wearing glasses in middle school back then was not cool. It hurt my self-confidence, so I started wearing contact lenses in the 8th grade.
Contact lenses were amazing. There was no distortion in the periphery, and I felt way more confident. However, being an average teenager, I could have taken much better care of my lenses. I was guilty of wearing them for more than two weeks, not changing my solution and contact lens case, and going swimming in them.
I’ve always been happy with contact lenses, but my eyes became drier as I started to age. Going through optometry school, I learned about the increased risk of infection and eye damage when you don’t properly wear or care for contact lenses.
After EVO ICL, I don’t have to pack contact lenses and glasses or worry about getting an eye infection. My eyes also feel less irritated and dry.
What was your least favorite thing about wearing glasses and contact lenses?
Worrying about not having them when I needed them… otherwise, I couldn’t see.
What are you most looking forward to doing or experiencing without glasses or contacts?
I’m looking forward to vacationing and doing things like swimming and hiking.
What is the biggest difference in your life now compared to before you had EVO?
The biggest difference is being able to wake up and go without messing with glasses or contacts first.
Would you recommend EVO ICL and other laser vision correction options at nJoy Vision to your friends, family, and patients?