drawing of headphones Module 2 – Unit 5:  Listening Task  click to Listen

A Visit to the Optometrist

You will hear a conversation between Lara Keledjian, a 19-year-old woman and Dr. Alexander Groginsky, her optometrist. Lara wears contact lenses and is asking about having laser surgery to correct her vision.

First Listening

  1. Is Lara sure she wants to have the LASIK procedure done?
  2. Does Dr. Groginsky think that Lara should have the procedure?
  3. What other treatment option is Lara going to consider?

Second Listening

  1. What is done to the cornea in the LASIK procedure?
  2. What percentage of patients has 20/40 vision or better after having the LASIK procedure?
  3. What do you think Lara is going to do? What language does Dr. Groginsky use to help her make a decision?

Consider the two options the doctor discussed with Lara. Fill in the chart below with the advantages and disadvantages of the LASIK procedure and 30-day extended-wear contact lenses. You can use the excerpts from Dr. Groginsky’s conversation with Lara below, as well as your own general knowledge.

LASIK procedure

30-day extended-wear
contact lenses


  • Reduces dependence on glasses or contacts


  • No surgical risk


  • Risk of over- or under-correction



Excerpts from Dr. Groginsky’s comments to Lara:

Any surgery has risks. Sometimes people can get too much correction from the laser and they become farsighted, and sometimes their vision can even get worse… There can also be problems with the cornea.

If you’re expecting your vision to be perfect, you may be disappointed. A little less than half our patients gets 20/20 vision…

It can take up to six months before your vision is set. During that time, you need to come in for check-ups and use eye drops. Also, many people have problems with glare for two to six months after the procedure. That can be a problem if you have to drive at night.

The extended wear lenses aren’t permanent like LASIK, but on the other hand, you don’t have to worry about surgery.