Veteran receives free lasik eye surgery

State College, Centre County, Pa. - Army National Guard Veteran Mark Carrico has been wearing glasses for 15 years.

He says lasik eye surgery is something he's dreamed about.

"I just couldn't be more excited about it. I've wanted this since I was 18, 16, 17 sometime around there when it first came out.. You know I'd love to have that."

On Tuesday, his dream came true.

His brother Aaron nominated him for the free surgery.

Aaron says he followed in his brother's footsteps in the Army National Guard. 

"I'm still in, explained Aaron. "So I really appreciate him showing me the ropes and help me advance my career knowing what he could teach me through the whole process."

Surgeon Parag Parekh says Aaron's letter detailed Mark's service during Hurricane Katrina and deployment to Kosovo.

"You know it just warms you heart and we admire what he does and it's one thing to talk about that admiration but I thought if we could do something to actually help that would be great, said Parekh. "This is just a small little token. It's one person and I wish we could do more. 

Mark's surgery lasted about 15 minutes. He can finally see without his glasses.

"Can't thank the people enough. I'm pretty emotional about this.Like my brother. He's always looked up to me," Carrico teared up. "Now, him repaying me with this i just couldn't and you guys doing the surgery for me it's something I can never repay or thank you guys enough for doing."

Clear View Eye Consultants plans to do something for all the other veterans that were nominated.

This is the first year they've offered the free surgery and hope to do it again. 


 


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