"life is good after serious eye injury"

About: Royal Bolton Hospital

I was unfortunate enough to have a serious eye injury at The age of 20 in 2008. I had a glass thrown at me, it smashed on my cheek and popped my eye. I was taken to hospital to be rushed in for an operation. I couldn't be operated on straight away as I was under the influence of alcohol. It wasn't until the morning after. Before the operation I was spoken to by the surgeon who told me there was a chance he would have to remove my eye. I cried and begged him almost on my knees to do the best he could to save my eye. When I came around after the operation. I was given the relieving news my eye had been saved but they had to remove the lens due to damage. I had stitches on the inside and outside of my eye for no less than 4 months. It wasn't a very nice experience. The vision in my damaged eye was zero. Everything was a blurr. Luckily I still had another perfectly working eye, but this didn't stop me from thinking I would never live a normal life again. After a number of appointments to check and make sure the eye was healing correctly. I was issued with a contact lens and to my suprise I could see again it was a miracle. I could finally smile again. You don't realise what you've got until it's gone and that was the case with my eyesight. Your eyes are the best part of your body and I would recommend anybody to take as much care of their eyes as possible. 6 years on and I still have a 6 monthly check up at the hospital. I now have 20/20 vision in my damaged eye and couldn't be happier with the service I receive from the eye unit at Bolton hospital.They have helped me through the darkest period of my life and I couldn't be more grateful

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Response from Royal Bolton Hospital

That's wonderful to hear that you've regained full eyesight after thinking you might have had to have it removed. It must have been a very difficult time for you, especially at such a young age. Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us.

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