What led you to become an eye surgeon?
‘It was a spontaneous choice to choose ophthalmology as a specialisation during my medical studies. I discovered my passion for microsurgery and realized that my meticulous and delicate nature suited this field. So here I am.’
Do you recall your first solo surgery?
‘I perfectly remember the day I performed my first cataract surgery on my own. It was one of the most beautiful days of my life. In fact, I took a picture with my two mentors when I finished that surgery, and it’s a photo I cherish.’
Can you tell about your first experiences with the Precizon Presbyopic NVA lens?
‘I was pleasantly surprised by the remarkable vision achieved when I implanted the Precizon Presbyopic NVA lens in my first patient. The quantity and quality of vision were impressive, especially the near vision. This success motivated me to further utilize the lens, resulting in one of the longest implant series in Europe.’
‘ My father proved to be the person who could trust my hands the most.’
How did you experience operating on your own father?
‘Operating on my father was not stressful at all. I have the best team, the latest technology, and, most importantly, my father’s trust. He knows my career and the care I provide to my patients. He proved to be the person who could trust my hands the most.’
What makes the Precizon Presbyopic NVA the best choice for your father?
‘The unique optic maintains the benefits of monofocality while offering multifocal capabilities. It is pupil independent, tolerates residual refractive errors and decentration, and handles dry eye well. In my experience, this lens makes a significant difference in visual quality, enhancing the overall quality of life for individuals like my father.’
Besides Ophthalmology, do you have other big passions in life?
‘Absolutely. Apart from my ophthalmology career, I have a passion for soccer and painting. I am very fond of Real Madrid and Castellón Football Club. And I find great satisfaction in collecting and restoring paintings. I often draw a parallel between the restoration of vision through cataract surgery and the restoration of art pieces. It’s a fascinating connection between my two passions. But, my greatest passions lie in my family—my wife and daughter. There is no doubt about that.’
Mr. Luis León, what was it like to be operated by your own son?
‘My son found out that my cataracts had increased more than 30% in one year. And so he told me: now I am going to perform cataract surgery on you. For me, this was a surprise, but I was also excited because I had wanted to get rid of my glasses for a while. My son explained to me which lenses he was going to implant in my eyes. He told me: ‘I am going to implant, in my opinion, by far the best lenses; and you are going to notice it’. I knew I couldn’t have been in better hands—surrounded by the skilled OR team, the lenses, and the hands of my son Luis.’
Mr. Luis León:
‘After just one day, I noticed that I could see colours with a clarity that I had not perceived since I was 14 or 15 years old.’
What is your vision like after surgery?
‘I want to tell all the people who are going to have cataract surgery that my results after the implantation with this lens have been extraordinary. After just one day, I noticed that I could see colours with a clarity that I had not perceived since I was 14 or 15 years old. Everything became clear once again, regardless of the distance. I expected to see without glasses, but since I did not know how it was to see well, the truth is that the surgery exceeded my expectations.’
Dr. Luis León Ibáñez is cataract and refractive surgeon, as well as medical coordinator at the Instituto Oftalmológico MOAT in Castellón, Spain.