Prior to the procedure
Leonard Teye-Botchway: The first thing I noticed was the comfort of the room. The bed was very comfortable, and the temperature was perfect, which helped to calm me down a bit. I found Dr. Reinstein and the nurse very engaging. They talked to me every step of the way, even from little things like keeping my head straight and how to position myself, and that helped. I found it very reassuring.
Dan Reinstein: The procedure itself from the patient’s perspective doesn’t hurt. That’s the first thing that people want to know. The patient feels practically nothing, and they’re lying down and looking up, and they’re hearing me walk them through the procedure one step at a time. I’m telling them exactly what they need to know just before they need to know it so that nothing surprises them, and it’s just a sequence.
During the procedure
Leonard Teye-Botchway: What you see is like a kaleidoscope. There are different rings or different colours and shapes, and sometimes you see an object that’s like a tunnel. You feel like you’re in a tunnel with different colours.
Dan Reinstein: The patient is lying back, and they’re looking at the flashing light, listening to me. They wait a few minutes, and it’s over, that’s it. It sounds that easy? Well, it is that easy for the patient. Most patients will sit up as soon as I’ve finished, and I’ll say, “well, we’re done,” and they’ll think that we just started; it is that simple. Of course, then the anaesthetic wears off. Their eyes might feel a little bit scratchy, watery or teary, but that only lasts a few hours. We recommend patients lie with their eyes closed for a few hours and we give them drops and lubricants.
Within a few hours, that sensation goes away, and then they open their eyes, and most of the fog leaves by then, and by the evening, people are reading the menu without glasses. There’s a big wow effect. It’s not only the best way of doing it, but it’s actually safer, more accurate, reversible, adjustable, and it takes ten minutes or so and then it’s healed in a few hours.
After the procedure
Leonard Teye-Botchway: When I sat up, I could see. Before, I couldn’t read the biggest print on the opposite page of the near card, but I could read almost everything on the flipside where the smaller prints were just like that as soon as I sat up. That was striking, remarkable and quite amazing. Then when I was taken to a room, and the nurse put some more drops in to make sure that the eye didn’t get dry. That’s one thing I needed to do. I had to put lots of drops in every 30 minutes for three hours, with my eyes closed.
It’s been about an hour now since I had the surgery and I don’t feel like i’ve had eye surgery. My eyes are probably a little bit dry, but there’s no discomfort at all. I can see a lot more clearly both for far and near. Let me try my phone and see if I can read anything. I can read everything without my glasses and very clearly.
Compared to before, I couldn’t read anything without my glasses. I’d have to take my glasses on because the prints are too small, and it’s instant, my brain has already adjusted to the better vision and switches back and forth without my even knowing that it’s doing it. It’s quite remarkable.