About: Leicester Royal Infirmary Leicester Royal Infirmary Leicester LE1 5WW
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I have worn glasses for over 60 years and in 2011 was advised by my optician that cataracts were forming and may need treatment. In October that year I met with a consultant who was less than helpful and seemed more concerned as to why I was at the hospital. By 2013 I again met a consultant who confirmed a cataract in my right eye which would require attention. 25 weeks later and after a phone enquiry from me an operation was undertaken on the 20 March this year. For 3 days subsequently my eyesight was wonderful and I was delighted but suddenly my sight worsened with a mistiness forming over my eye. As advised I informed the hospital and was told to visit if matters got worse , they did and so visited on 24 March. I was told a complication had occurred but could be resolved by a 2 minute operation. By the following week matters worsened and I was not comfortable driving, particularly with my disabled daughter in the car so I visited again. After another 4 hour wait I was advised that I was legal to drive and that yes, there was a post operation complication called PCO. On the 12 May I yet again saw a further consultant who confirmed the PCO and told me that my problems were "perhaps more of my perception than worsen sight" and that it may be 2 months or more before the "2 minute operation" could be undertaken !! I would be put on the list. I admit to being rather offended by this comment and felt the person saying it had little to no empathy toward my situation. My frustration is the wait , it took 25 weeks to undertake the cataract operation which I can understand because of the sheer numbers waiting but having had the operation and had a complication as a result of why do I go back on a list and why could I not have been put on the list following my first visit on the 24 March rather than 6 weeks later following my recent visit.