Mr Perera qualified from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1984. Having obtained the Diploma in Ophthalmology in 1987 he won a World Health Organisation scholarship to study Ophthalmology at the Institute of Ophthalmology and at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He obtained Membership of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist in 1991, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1993. After training in hospitals in the South Thames region he was appointed as an Ophthalmologist to the Royal Navy in 1994. He joined the staff of the Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust in January 1996 where he performs laser eye surgery, cataract and other ocular procedures. He has performed laser eye surgery since March 1996; his areas of special interest are cataract and refractive surgery. Mr Perera has presented scientific papers on laser eye surgery at international conferences and has been involved in teaching refractive surgery. Mr Perera joined Ultralase in 2001 and has performed over 14,000 laser eye surgery procedures.
, “You’ve been researching on the irnentet.” We both laughed. It was at the point that he recognized how much I did understand what was going on. He explained to me why he thought a PAO (Periacetabular Osteotomy) was the best option for me. I decided he was the best doctor for me and we scheduled my surgery for March 17th – a lucky day for me.We did my pre-op physical the Friday before my surgery. I felt confident in my choice to be at Mayo because of the skills and caring from everyone I met. My mom and I were very impressed with the Patient Education class to prepare you for surgery. The nurse who did the class was very thorough in explaining what would happen. I had had 6 previous surgeries in the Twin Cities and had never been offered a class like this. It was strange, because after that class I wasn’t as nervous anymore. I knew what was going to happen and I knew I had best people in the world to take care me.When I arrived for my surgery, everything went to according to plan. In the pre-op area I gave Dr. Cabanela his lucky St. Patty’s Day flashing necklace. He put it on and had a good laugh with me! Although he told me it might cause chaos during surgery. I love to laugh and Dr. Cabanela was able to help me relax before the big event. I don’t remember the surgery, of course, but the nurses, doctors, and patient communications people kept my parents up to date on my progress.When I arrived on 8th floor west, a lovely nurse stayed with me those first hours out of surgery. The nurses were highly skilled and very caring. They explained everything to me and my parents. They were helpful and accommodating the whole time I was there. Once when I had a very painful night, John, the night nurse, did everything in his power to make me comfortable including warm blankets and just sitting with me. One of the personal care assistants came regularly to check on me. She was so kind and helpful. She even came on her breaks when she was stationed on a different floor just to see how I was doing. My doctors were wonderful through my whole stay. Dr. Cabanela and his resident came regularly to check on me and monitor my progress. I loved it that they always talked to me, not just my parents. They really listened to our concerns and followed through with everything.Many different specialists helped me plan for leaving the hospital. They helped us with therapy and the equipment I would need my first weeks home. We felt prepared for the trip home and follow-up care. How lucky I felt when my nurse the last two days was the one who led the patient education classes. She got me to welcome me to Mayo Clinic and she was my nurse on the day I said goodbye. As I left 8th floor that day I had cheers and smiles from all of the staff that worked with me.This story may make my surgery sound like a fairytale because I had so many wonderful people around me. It wasn’t a fairytale. My surgery was hard – just like Dr. Cabanela told me it would be. I did have a lot of pain and scary times, but that is the point of story. Dr. Cabanela and the team of people at Mayo took on my difficult problem and supported me through the whole process. Once I was at home, Dr. Cabanela called to check on me. When I called with a concern or question, he called me back right away and got me in to see him if needed. He kept things light and always made time to laugh and chat with me even though we had a hard problem to solve. I’ll always have a special spot in my heart for him.How do I thank all of these wonderful people? All I could think to do was to write down my story and share it with others. When you have to go to through hard or scary medical situations, the Mayo Health System has highly skilled and extremely caring professionals to help you. It’s weird because when I go back to Mayo Clinic for check-ups, I feel like I’m coming home. It’s all because of the great people and I thank them from bottom of my heart! Maybe someday I’ll get to work there. That is my dream.Lindsey Wood
I had the surgery 3 days ago and have to say that I have been extremely please with Ultralase throughout the entire procedure.From the initial consultation, I felt that they were rigorous in their safety practices and this is true to the actual surgery and the after-care. The consultation was not 'salesy', was very thorough and I left thinking they had the best interests for my sight; rather than just trying to sell me a lesser product so that the surgery was within my budget. I mention this because I also went for an optical express consultation (I had heard they were cheaper) - but from the start the entire appointment made me feel that they were less caring, less rigorous in their practices, and worst of all - instead of trying to offer me the treatment I wanted at a reasonable cost; they tried to push me into having a lesser treatment (no wavefront, no intralase) to get the costs down. Although on the day of my surgery; the Tottenham court road laser broke and I had to be ferried to the Hammersmith surgery to have the treatment (it took a fair few hours in total) - I felt that the staff dealt well with it and while I was frustrated at the wait; their service levels did not slip. They paid for my taxis to Hammersmith and then back home; and the surgery itself was not too rushed despite the delays.The surgery itself was pretty intrusive as you'd imagine; but Sumith Perera the surgeon put me at ease and I felt was both experienced and very capable; whom I trusted entirely.In terms of after-care; I cant give a full opinion yet until I'm fully healed - but I would definitely recommend Ultralase & Sumith Perera.
I was treated on Friday 17 October, Lasik with intralase and wavefront. I was very reassured by Dr Perera and found his manner professional and comforting. My sight is excellent, better than I expected.