Stacey's Story: Vision for the Long Run

Stacey runs half marathons, road races, and triathlons. But when a severe astigmatism in both eyes interfered with her lifestyle, she turned to Lasek.
Stacey's ophthalmology patient story

To say Stacey Firkus is active would be an understatement. She runs half marathons and other road races, participates in triathlons and works in infection prevention at one of our locations. And she’s the mother of two.

Because she had a severe astigmatism in both eyes, she needed to wear contact lenses or glasses since college. They seriously interfered with her active lifestyle. Her contact would fall out when she was working out or swimming at the beach with her kids. It was even more annoying during allergy season, she would rub her eyes and her contacts would pop out. Because her astigmatism was getting worse, it was unlikely that she would be able to continue to wear contact lenses, even if she wanted to. She had had enough.

Stacy knew she wanted to have lasek surgery, and was planning to travel to the Fox Valley for the procedure, until one of her Ascension colleagues told her she could have it done a little closer to home. Shiloh Simons, DO, an Ascension Medical Group ophthalmologist in Stevens Point, performed Stacey’s lasek surgery in March.

She reports that it was a wonderful experience. Dr. Simons and his staff did an excellent job preparing her for the procedure so she knew what to expect before, during and after. A month after the procedure, she could see normally without the help of contacts or glasses.

Today, Stacey is preparing for a two-day run along the Mississippi River – from Winona, MN to Minneapolis. She’s glad she to have the vision for the long run.