Not to be confused with x ray vision, although it was pretty superheroinic of me to dare lie down and allow them to burn my eyes into glasslessness…
I saw this tv commercial saying that one could have lazer operation on one’s eyes for free if one’s sight was bad enough. one just had to go into a Memira office and they would check out whether one was entitled.
Next thing, I walked out of my optician’s one day and looked straight at a Memira office. Thought ok then, why not, and took the test and she said I absolutely qualified to getting it for free, as my eyesight was totally horrendously terrible.
I booked appointment at an eye specialist’s, who confirmed my rights and sent me to Odense University Hospital. They checked my eyes for tissue thickness, angles and this and that, a computer took all the data of my eyes. She explained the operation and consequences in detail, I confirmed I wanted to move forward, and she gave me an appointment for the operation. And a perscription for four different types of eyedrops, plus a small white pill to be taken 90 minutes prior to the operation, diazepan was it? Something relaxing, anxiety lowering.
The day for the operation came. 14.of October this year. Three weeks ago now. In the waiting room, a nurse came to me and dripped something into my eyes, anasthetics, this was supposedly enough to make my eyes feel nothing. She told me she would come back for me in ten minutes. My husband would not be allowed to come inside the theatre with me, in case he would disturb the two doctors’ focus on me. Sounded reasonable enough.
So I was picked up, and walked inside. The nurse and the doctor, both women, ordered me to sit down and I got one of those blue baghats on my head. Blue bags on my shoes too. She then took a pen and drew two dots on each of my eyeballs! I felt nothing. Weird eyedrops can make that possible.
The doctor told me she was going to explain every detail to me throughout the process, and nothing would be done without me knowing it beforehand. Then I laid down on a kind of operating table slash scanner bed which in design looked a lot like a blade from a swiss army knife. Once I was in place, they swung me in underneath or inside a machine, my head placed underneath something that looked like binoculars.
“Right. Soon I will ask you if you can see the green light,” the dr. said. “When you say yes, I will lift your bed up close to the lazer. A “sucktion cup” (directly translated from Danish) will come down and fasten to your eyeball. You may feel a little pressure. The clasp I have fastened on you, makes it impossible to blink, so you can’t do anything wrong. Just lie still, and don’t talk or scratch your face the thirty seconds the lazer is working. Once you are positioned correctly, I switch the computer on, and the lazer does as it has been programmed to do. After the thirty seconds are up, I spend about two minutes removing the loose bits and putting the flap back onto your eyeball like a lid, I moisturize it and then we move on to the other eye where the same procedure is repeated. Are you okay with this?”
I was impressed by the efficient and detailed informing. She moved on to tell me that once the lazer started, the green light would move out of sight and everything would become foggy for a short while. This was normal. She could see everything that I saw through her binoculars. I was just to keep my glance straight forward, where the green light had been. “Okay,” I said.
The doctor started, and the computer said “Induction started. Beep!”
She told me “now it’s going all foggy, this is normal, just relax, only five more seconds now….and there we are, you may talk again.” But there was nothing to say. No questions were unanswered, no comments necessary. Very relaxing, I felt very safe in her care.
She did the replacing of the lid as she had explained, and started from the beginning with the other eye. It took half a minute with the lazer per eye, and two minutes’ post production work or what they call it in the medical business. i.e. 5 – five – minutes all together, to fix my eyesight so I would be free from using glasses and contact lenses. From severely handicapped to clear vision in five minutes!! The cost of the operation is 40.000 kr per eye when you pay for it yourself, unless I have it completely wrong. This is what I have heard.
So five minutes and 80.000 kr later… they swung my swiss army knife blade, operating bed out from the machine, and I sat up. “Are you okay?” Asked the nurse. “Yeah……. I’m just a bit surprised, because I can see you without my glasses on!” I replied. They both laughed. “Yes, it’s amazing, isn’t it?” they said, big smiles.
We shook hands and I left. No pain whatsoever. I was extremely tired that whole day, lay in bed with my eyes closed, mostly. But there was no pain. My eyes felt dry, a bit sore. Like I needed to take out my contacts.
The following day I went back to the hospital for a check-up, and they were thrilled my eyesight was so good already. Another check-up a week later. And I will go back for a three month check-up. I used four different eyedrops the first two days, then stopped the painkiller drops and continued the ones that were anti infection, the ones that were pro healing and the ones for liquid balance. After two weeks, only the liquid balancing ones were necessary. I will continue to take them 6-8 times a day for two months in all.
So. I can see clearly now, the fog has gone. I can see all the obstacles in my way… I definately got that whistling feeling….
Every morning I fumble for my glasses on my bedside table.
And then I spot the alarm clock and realize I can see the numbers! I remember I don’t use glasses anymore now, and get all happy inside. It is a wonderful, brilliant way of starting another new day.
I want to warmly thank the Danish state for giving me this operation for free. And thanks to Memira and all the medical staff. I truely love being a seeing being!