For most of my adult life I have been seen by The Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Bethesda, Maryland.
It’s amazing how things come together and how compassionate doctors will network to provide a level excellence for their patients. I was fortunate to meet with such an eye doctor who strongly recommended that I see Dr. Gulani. He told me that Dr. Gulani was the most advanced cornea specialist that he knew and that his knowledge and techniques were cutting edge. I left that appointment with new hope and impressed that Dr. Gulani was held in such high esteem by another doctor. I called that day to make an appointment and made travel plans to get to Jacksonville Florida and The Gulani Vision Institute.
I met with Dr. Arun Gulani in February of 2007 and experienced the most thorough eye exam of my life. It was clear to me that he had a passion for his work, straight forward and yet kind and compassionate, professional in every sense of the word. He was 100% present as I discussed my eye history with him. During this eye exam he discovered a hole in my left eye that had been undetected by my glaucoma specialist. He explained to me that it was a serious condition and needed immediate attention. Once this crisis was resolved he would see me again to go forward with the removal of the calcium covering the right eye. He took the extra effort to speak to my glaucoma specialist about his findings. I felt he really cared for me. His attention to details far exceeded my expectation.
With the crisis in my left eye resolved, I came back to Jacksonville for a pre-op appointment with Dr. Gulani. His staff greeted me with a friendly demeanor, remembering me from my previous visit several months earlier. In a large practice setting no one seems to remember who you are. Dr. Gulani has his finger on the pulse of his office and his presence is overwhelming and unique. “Donna, ask me as many questions as you would like about the surgery,” was his statement as we went over the details of my scheduled eye surgery. The procedure: Lamellar Keratectomy with reconstruction. He gave me all the time I needed to get a full picture of what I could expect the day of the surgery and the post-op recovery, encouraging me to call if I had any other questions.
The day of my surgery [September 25, 2007] at the surgical center went smoothly. The nursing staff was efficient and very friendly, communicating each step. I was calm and felt reassured that I was in competent hands. The warm blankets were a soothing touch. Dr. Gulani reassured me and the next thing I remember was waking fully and Dr. Gulani saying that the surgery had gone perfectly. I would go to my son’s home and see Dr. Gulani the following day. Dr. Gulani called me later that evening to ask how I was feeling, another example of his personal touch.
Several weeks have passed and my eye has healed completely. My eye is significantly more open. It looks healthy and feels amazing! Thank you Dr. Gulani. I am forever grateful for your time and talent and your resolve to make a difference for someone like me.