A man has become the 5,000th patient to be treated by a team of Hull Eye Surgeons in a year.
Geoffrey Branton, a retired purchasing director, visited his optician when he noticed his eyesight was deteriorating. Upon his visit he was referred to the Hull Eye Hospital after the optician noticed he had a cataract.
Mr Branton has now become the 5,000th person in a year to undergo surgery to remove the cataract. Surgeons also corrected his vision during the surgery, which means he will only require glasses for reading now.
When asked about the treatment, Mr Branton said:
The treatment I received was absolutely first-class, from beginning to end
I’m not surprised they have been able to operate on 5,000 patients in one year because the whole service is just so efficient.
I was seen so quickly from receiving my diagnosis to getting the appointment and then when I arrived at the hospital, it just flowed so well.
Staff were so good, talking me through every stage of the process, and when I saw the surgeon and he said I needed an operation, I couldn’t believe it when the nurse offered me a slot about two weeks later.
Although usually found in patients in their 70s and 80s, it’s not uncommon for the department to treat patients as young as 40 for cataracts.
Cataracts form when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. Patiences commonly experience blurred vision, inability to see colours properly, halos around light, and trouble with their night vision.
Children can also be born with congenital cataracts, so may also go through surgery to have them removed.
Ophthalmic nurse practitioner Carole Elliott-Croft said:
We would never say to anyone that they can’t have it done because of their age.
If cataracts are forming in your eyes, we will do our best to help you.
The Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust offers a one-stop cataract clinic, so patients can be assessed, tested, and see the consultant in a single appointment. Appointments last around two hours, which means fewer trips and an all-round more efficient service to patients.
If the patient requires surgery then staff will aim to have an appointment booked in two to four weeks after the initial consultation.
During the operation the surgeons make a small incision above the coloured part of the eye and replace the cloudy part of the lens with a plastic lens. If the patient is suffering from astigmatism or short-sightedness the surgeons will also correct this during the same operation.
When asked about the operation Mr Branton said:
I didn’t feel a thing with the operation and the difference is tremendous.
There’s a real clarity to my vision now and I don’t need glasses for distance. I’m hoping to get back to playing golf next week.
“Always The Aim”
Consultant ophthalmic surgeon Colin Vize, medical director for the trust’s family and women’s health group, said:
Everyone, if they live long enough, will develop cataracts because it’s an inevitable part of the ageing process.
It is always the aim of our highly skilled and dedicated team to help as many people as possible and we achieved that in 2017 by giving 5,000 patients much better vision.
I’m glad Mr Branton was so happy with the treatment he received here. We know removing cataracts can make such a difference to someone’s quality of life.
Have You Noticed Sight Problems?
If you have noticed problems with your eyesight and are struggling to see properly then contact your optician straight away. They will be able to help find the cause of the issue, and refer you if needed to the Hull Eye Hospital.