I have been a practicing Doctor of Optometry in the Lexington, Kentucky, area for over fifty years and have seen most of the ocular abnormalities and pathological conditions that occur in this area.
Over the years, I have referred thousands of patients to various ophthalmologists in Lexington and have had the opportunity to evaluate the results of their work. Some years ago, a new clinic opened in Lexington called Commonwealth Eye Surgery. At our educational seminars, I heard many of my colleagues singing the praises of Commonwealth and the young surgeon who had rapidly risen in esteem because of his expertise and skill in cataract surgery.
His chief associate was an optometrist with all the training and skills to evaluate and treat post surgical cases. Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Findley very quickly built a tremendous practice based on the referrals from satisfied patients and from optometrists all over the area who appreciated the outstanding skills displayed in the clinic and the fact that the clinic promptly referred the patients back to the home town referring professional for follow-up treatment and co-management of post operative cases.
Their growth brought in more skilled professionals and soon they outgrew their quarters prompting them to move to their present location on Alexandria Drive while maintaining their association with the Lexington Surgical Center on Harrodsburg Road.
When the excimer laser and the LASIK procedure revolutionized refractive surgery, Commonwealth immediately became a leader in the various laser procedures. Commonwealth’s extremely high success rate prompted me to refer my wife for glaucoma treatment, and when a slowly developing cataract in my right eye became a nuisance, I trusted myself to their care. You might say that this is the supreme test of confidence because we doctors are the world’s worst patients! I was subjected to a very impressive battery of screening tests and I was convinced that I was ready for the surgery. Aside from the nuisance of pre-op drops, the rest was a breeze.
I was “conscious” during the procedure but I don’t remember any of it. The next thing I knew was that the surgery was completed and I was ready to go home! I experienced no pain even in the healing process. My visual acuity was and remains 20/20 unaided in the operated eye. I will not say that I can’t wait to have the left eye done, but if and when the time comes, there is no question about where I will go to have it done.
I am completely sold on Commonwealth.
—David B. Settles, O.D.
After 40 years as a practicing doctor of Optometry I was presented with cataract surgery for myself, only because I couldn’t see the golf ball!! I selected Commonwealth Eye Surgery because in my professional opinion they are the best. Drs. Ferguson and Findley provided me excellent results after cataract surgery. Now I can see the golf ball, but just can’t hit it very far!
—John W. Cecconi, Sr., O.D.
Dear Dr. Ferguson and staff,
I am now sitting here, able to type, thanks to your efforts. I have undergone 2 cataract surgeries at your facility and was almost completely sightless before I started coming to you. You have restored the vision in both of my eyes, one of which has been useless to mefor in excess of 16 years. While I have had only a minimal amount of need for medical help throughout my life, my past experiences have left me with an overall impression that most doctors and staff are far less concerned with thephysical and emotional needs of their patients, than they are of their monetary value. Words cannot adequately express how far removed from this I found your services. From the very first telephone conversation we had with the staff, through the entire process and on to post-op care, my wife and I have been treated with a level of warmth, friendliness and professionalism that has completely astounded me. Each and every one of you has gone above and beyond anything we could have possibly anticipated. I would name names if I could, but I fear I may leave someone out. Every person we came into contact with there, far exceeded our expectations. As I have dealt with the public most of my life in my profession, I know how difficult this can be. Most people will not take the time to say anything about their experiences unless they have a complaint. I have been blessed with a few “cudos” calls regarding my staff and believe in giving credit where credit is due. I sincerely hope that this, in some small way, will instill, in all of you, a feeling of a job well done.
Lawrence M. King