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Patient Testimonials

Two days ago I had my final checkout with Dr. Sierra after undergoing cateract surgery in both eyes. In a way I was sad the process was over as I will miss Dr. Sierra and so many people on the wonderful staff. Like many people, this undertaking was not one I was looking forward to. Frankly, I was terrified. The kindness, efficiency and "bedside manner" of everyone exceeded my expectations. Dr. Sierra thank you for being you and Wendy thank you for your incredible follow thru.

Carol B. 


I had a lens replace in my other eye by another surgeon elsewhere.  My experience with Dr. Samuel Lee and his staff was much more superior! They provided the most thorough eye exam and analysis that I have ever experienced!  My next appointment was the actual surgery to place the new lens.  The process was quick, precise, and painless.  Now, I have clear vision!

Michael G.


Andrea and Dr. Lee were amazing.  Due to the sensitivity of my condition, my primary care optometrist recommended I come down and see them.  Dr. Lee adjusted his schedule to make sure I was seen right away and Andrea made me as comfortable as possible.  Thank you both for everything.

Chris P.


My experience with this practice has been amazing.  Again, let me say amazing.  Doctor Sierra’s certified assistant is one of the greatest people; she and Dr. Sierra are what human kindness is about.  My surgery felt like there was nothing to it.  I was up and around in two days, seeing things I had not seen in ages.  The first thing I saw when I looked in the mirror was all the wrinkles I had not seen in years.  Then, I went outside and experienced all the beauty of the world.  Dr. Sierra is an amazing and gifted doctor.  I thank Dr. Sierra and her staff with all my heart.

Helen D.


Dr. Sierra,

When I saw you for the first time I recall you saying that my relative youth and high level of activity made me a perfect candidate for [cataract] surgery -- that I'd love having the good vision cataract surgery would provide me.   I am thrilled with the surgery results (no more contact lenses, no more corrective lenses at all -- neither distance nor mid-range nor reading glasses, clear vision even in low light).   

In the past, before my cataract surgery, I would have been completely blind in the low light, and I'd either have tripped and fallen on poor pavement or would have had to slowly walk, taking great care where I placed my feet -- both of which are terrible options.  Instead, with my new lenses, I [have] none of those problems.  Even in the near pitch darkness, I could make out enough to see where to put my feet without falling.  

In the past, that floodlight would have blinded me with glare; it would have been like a row of headlights coming toward me on a single-lane road at night, turning everything into a white blob of reflected light.  With my new lenses, the floodlight was actually helpful -- it threw off enough light that I could clearly see where I was going for a few hundred feet. I remember thinking at the time, "I have to tell Dr. Sierra how amazing this is, to be able to see clearly in situations that would have completely blinded me before!"    

Again, thank you SO much -- not only for giving me my vision back, but for giving it back to me when I was/am young enough to use it.   

Eileen N.


This past Monday, September 23rd, I had my second and final cataract surgery, which was performed by Dr. Richard Lewis. I am extremely happy with the results and am amazed by how the world around me now appears. Prior to these surgeries, the world always had a yellow tinge to it. On a clear sunny day, I assumed this yellow coloring was just smog. Now the sky is bluer, clouds whiter and the trees are greener. My wife and I just completed a remodeling of our home. The colors we selected for the various rooms now appear a bit brighter than before. Every color around me is more vibrant. Even now as I sit here writing this, while looking out the window, I am grateful to be able to see our neighborhood, and city, with such clarity. I can not wait for the fall season.

I can not recall how I was referred to Dr. Lewis, but regardless of how, I was very fortunate to have him there to monitor the progress of my eyesight for the past several years and to perform these surgeries. He has always been patient, even when I ask the most inane questions. Hopefully, he can continue to be my doctor.

Michael K.


Last August, I had cataract surgery and became blind in my left eye. I was referred to Dr. Patricia Sierra, and she diagnosed it as Fuchs, an eye disease inherited from a parent. She also found Fuchs disease in my right eye at the time. I had my first corneal transplant in October, followed by cataract surgery on my right eye in January and a corneal transplant in February.

Thanks to Dr. Sierra and the wonderful in-office staff, I now need glasses only for reading after many years of needing them for distance as well. She has not only given me back my sight but a better quality of life.

Earl K.


Dear Dr. Lewis,

I’d like to thank you for the extra time and effort you put into providing excellent care for me during and after my cataract surgery. I truly appreciate your openness to hearing my concerns, and especially your willingness to be available anytime to deal with my post-operative issues.

Thanks to Dr. Sierra and Carrie, as well, for their support and teamwork – they made a big difference. My favorite birthday gift this year was the ability to see well out of an eye that had become nearly useless to me.

Thank you again for having the skill and confidence to make this possible.

Best wishes,
Jill N.


  June 9, 2011

Dear Dr. Lewis and Staff,

I cannot adequately show nor express my gratitude for the recent cataract surgeries on both of my eyes.

I came this week for an eye examination and vision exam. It has been over 5 weeks now since the first surgery and just 3 weeks since the second one.

I still wake every morning and look across the room and out the windows, seeing clearly, and feel amazed by how miraculous this process has been.

To see instantaneously after the surgery is hard to describe to anyone who hasn’t known the limitation of cataracts. You know your eyesight has slowly gotten worse, but we are amazing creatures in our ability to adjust. Practically in the blink of an eye your vision has become clear and the fog of the cataract is gone.

As an artist seeing color is essential to what I do. It has been like standing in the fog and having a sudden breeze quickly clear it all away to reveal a beautiful sunshine filled day. As I look at the colors of everything I am filled with gratitude and joy. My own work has come alive again, as I see the colors fully. I thought my work had grown somewhat dull, but it was only my eyes that had grown dull.

We live in the middle of our lovely walnut farm near the Sutter Buttes. I love being here. The clarity of my vision is truly astounding and I stop many times each day and just appreciate the gift by enjoying the view. We love to travel and I cannot wait to see our next destination with my new sight.

The new technology and the new lenses available are wonderful. I was amazed to learn about the 3-D technology and grateful to see that it offers such physical relief to doctors who use it. One of my favorite dentists had to give up his practice due to the damage to his neck caused by the constant hunching over his patients. To find out the problems are similar in this surgical procedure was very interesting and I am so happy that the new technology does so much for the patient and helps the doctors to do this with much less stress on their shoulders, neck and back.

Thank you, Dr. Lewis, for all the careful monitoring of my eye health by you and your staff, and for this wonderful outcome. I pray you feel as rewarded by what you do as I do by what you did.

Sincerely and with a heartfelt gratitude,
Cheryl J.


Dear Dr. Sierra,

Just a note to thank you so much for the wonderful cataract surgery you did for me. Your professionalism, skill and friendliness are all a delight. I’ll always be grateful for the great work you did on my eyes.

Best Wishes & Good Luck to you in your continuing career!
Phyllis H.


Dear Dr. Sierra,

I apologize for being so late in writing but I have been having such a wonderful time with my “new” vision and getting a lot of things done that I had postponed earlier. Even without my new prescription I could see so much better that I sometimes forgot that I even needed new glasses. Now with my new glasses my vision is back to where it was many years ago before Fuchs took over.

I am certainly pleased that the surgery went so well and the recovery time so short. My prior corneal transplant required a full year for vision recovery. What a difference this new procedure makes! My Fuchs is a thing of the past!

Thank you so much for being my eye surgeon. You have a great skill and I have benefited from it. I have enjoyed knowing you and found your nursing and clerical staff to be professional but so very pleasant and accommodating to me that my visits were a pleasure.

Sincerely,
Arthur J. Henning, MD


Patricia MarkoferI had heard about LASIK but was very hesitant to allow anyone to perform a procedure that was not reversible. Finally in 2006, after wearing contact lenses for 45 years, I got up my courage and made an appointment to see Dr Grutzmacher. I was sure I would not qualify as my correction was so great and because of my age, which was 63. I was one of those who could not read the “Big E” on the eye chart! Happily, the doctor assured me I had more than enough cornea to perform the procedure. The surgery was incredibly simple and quick with no pain afterwards. I couldn’t believe that something so critical to me was performed so easily and was so trouble-free! All my worries for nothing!

My vision steadily improved over a month’s time. I now have 20-20 vision and can read without aid for the first time in my life.

I still marvel at the miracle of LASIK. I am privileged to swim and shower without fear of losing a lens, to get up in the night without tripping over the dog and to suffer no pain when driving on a dusty road. I no longer fear losing a lens when reaching for weeds under plants in my garden. My life has truly changed with this surgery. I most earnestly recommend that everyone with a vision problem go for an evaluation with the professional staff at Grutzmacher & Lewis. I’m so glad I did.”

Patricia M.


Hi my name is Tarra K. and I received LASIK from Dr Grutzmacher. To me that was one of the best things I could have done in my life. Before getting the surgery I had to fight with contacts in the morning and glasses at night. Wow what a difference. We are a real active family with water sports and softball. My daughter is gone all the time with softball and being able to see her hit that winning run is priceless. No more contacts on the lake is a wonderful thing. If you are considering doing this it is a wonderful opportunity and Dr Grutzmacher and his staff are the best. You can feel safe and warm in their hands and they make you feel like family.

Thanks again,
Tarra K.