"Life Changing Cataract Surgery"

About: Royal Bolton Hospital

October 2012 I was told I had cataracts developing in both eyes,from then until April 2014 I had 6 changes of glasses,at the end of April I was told I was not legal to drive.My sight had been deteriorating fairly quickly,my distance vision was going from bad to worse but my near vision had improved. I asked for an appointment at Bolton Eye Unit and I saw the consultant who was prepared to remove the cataract on my right eye,but he did tell me the risks associated with it. Since I was 18 ,when I was diagnosed with presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome in my left eye (no central vision,very little peripheral vision,no treatment available ) I have relied on my right eye . Also 10 years ago I had laser surgery on both eyes to prevent acute angle glaucoma,this was successful (done at Bolton Eye Unit ),but a possible side effect is the iris "sticking" to the lens.This had happened to my right eye,which meant that cataract surgery would be very risky.After discussion with the consultant I decided to go ahead with the surgery.I was unable to drive,and in a very few years my sight would have deteriorated to an unimaginable level. I had a right phaco cataract removal with pupiloplasty on 29th July,on the way home from the hospital my eye opened and I could see.The theatre team were wonderful,I didn't feel a thing during the operation,I had no pain afterwards. I had a check up on 4th August with the consultant and he was very pleased with my eye,I have an appointment for a further check up in November. By September I will have new glasses and will be able to drive again,and from September 8th I can swim ,gym and fly. I am indebted to the consultant and his team,I cannot explain my feelings when my eye opened and I could see.

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Response from Royal Bolton Hospital

Dear Mrs Cashmore, thank you so much for posting this. We are so pleased the treatment has worked out well for you.

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