Alfonso Rubio - LASIK: Patient who underwent refractive surgery | Innova ocular
Alfonso Rubio - LASIK: Patient who underwent refractive surgery
Interview to Alfonso Rubio, patient who underwent LASIK surgery at Innova Ocular IOA Madrid.
- Hello Alfonso, What operation did you have?
Refractive surgery to correct my myopia and a slight astigmatism.
- Why did you decide to undergo surgery?
For convenience. After more than 20 years wearing glasses I wanted to experience having a good eyesight. Also because I practice sport often and wearing contact lenses if very uncomfortable. It is impossible with glasses because there are dead angles and you are in disadvantage. And after analysed the solutions available in the market I reached the conclusion that the technology was now mature. The fact that I am 36 years old has also influenced because this operation makes sense as long as I can take advantage of its results for a reasonable period of time.
- And why did you decide to come to IOA?
It is a whole host of facts. First I got information on the state of the art of these techniques, seeing which were the most advanced methods and even seeing success statistics and problems derived from it. I gathered this information on the website and taking tests in several clinics. During these tests I saw some clinics with less advanced methods, others that were focused on attracting new clients rather than treating patients. In the end IOA was the one that carried out the tests with most rigour, you detected my possible retinal detachment problem, you offered me the most advanced techniques (100% laser) and gave me the confidence I needed with the different professionals with who I dealt with in the centre. If you add to this a reasonable budget, you have all the ingredients. I would also like to mention that you were very good answering all my technical enquiries by email before meeting in person.
- Was the type of operation you had what you thought it would be? Where particular criteria followed in your case to choose this option?
As my operation was very common, I had a fair idea of what I needed. My surprise what to find out that before I needed to undergo a photocoagulation to prevent retina detachment problems. I spoke to my mother that week (who is a Doctor) who mentioned she had suffered several retina detachments, so I accepted your advice and solved this problem first.
- What has been the best and the worst of the operation?
The best thing of the operation is the results and the treatment received, especially when reassuring me and explaining step-by-step what was going to be done and how.
The worst is that the operation is uncomfortable, especially because your eye is manipulated live and you have to be relaxed. What you can expect from any operation.
As a suggestion, it may be appropriate to play some form of relaxing classical music while you are waiting for the operation after doing the corneal flap. At that time you have to wait in the room for approximately 20 minutes with your eyes closed. I is better to focus your mind on the relaxing music that what you have to have done next.
- How long has it taken you to recover?
The recovery is very fast. During the 6 hours after the operation the feeling is that of hating light and it as if someone had rubbed an onion over your eyes. It is difficult to avoid the temptation of touching your eye. That is why I recommend having a long nap. Once this period has passed you can watch television and other things without forcing it. The following day you are fine. That is why you have to be careful, because although vision is almost perfect, we have to look after our eye.
Now that two weeks have already passed and I am perfect, I am waiting for this week to finish so I don't have to put in the drops I was prescribed.
- And to lead a normal life?
I was operated on Thursday and the following Tuesday I was already on a plane to Portugal to visit clients.
- Can you do things now that you couldn't before?
Not really. My myopia is not as much as to stop me from doing things. The difference is that my life is now much easier and I can see properly in all conditions.
- Has your life changed in anyway?
Yes. No I don't worry about glasses or contact lenses. When I practice sport, go to the cinema or to the beach I don't have to plan anything related to my eyesight.
- Would you undergo this operation again?
Absolutely. The results are 100% satisfactory.
-What would you highlight of the functioning of IOA?
Very good professionals from the technical and human perspective and an excellent personal treatment.
- What do you think we can improve?
Everything is fine. .Now you just have to maintain the standard.
- Would you recommend a fried or acquaintance to undergo an operation at IOA?
Yes, whoever asks me.
From here we would like to thank Alfonso for the confidence placed in our team and his kindness to answer these questions.