Sight-saving staff have been praised for restoring a Leeds woman’s vision and giving her back her independence.
June Calder began experiencing cloudy patches in her vision, and within months her sight deteriorated so much that she could no longer drive or enjoy trips out with her dogs. She saw her optician, who told her she was developing age-related cataracts.
June, 59, was referred to a technician and then a consultant at sight-saving ophthalmology organisation Newmedica Leeds.
They quickly arranged for her to have cataracts on both her eyes removed, preventing the increase in vision loss that would ultimately have led to blindness.
“I know that many people are nervous about operations on their eyes, but the need to get my life back overrode any fears I had. I just couldn’t see, so there was no other choice. My brother had his cataracts done in his 40s, so maybe it’s hereditary.”
“I couldn’t drive before I had the operation because I couldn’t see the end of the bonnet, and it got to the stage where I couldn’t even walk the dogs and I couldn’t watch the TV.”
“I lost my husband two and a half years ago, so there’s only me to do everything. I dreaded losing my sight completely, because I wouldn’t have been able to do anything.”
“Now, since the operation, I’ve got a new lease of life. I’ve got my independence back. I don’t need glasses to drive or watch TV. It really is amazing.”
She adds: ‘‘I felt very safe when I was there. There were no fears about COVID. It’s all very professional and well organised. I can’t praise them enough.”
“A friend in her 80s had cataracts and was terrified to have the operation. I explained to her that there’s really no pain involved so there’s no need to be scared. She’s now had one cataract done and she’s so pleased. It makes such a difference to your life.”
As well as cataract removal, its specialist staff provide laser treatment, retina surgery and treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Zoe Blackmore, service manager at Newmedica Leeds, says: “We are so pleased that Mrs Calder’s experience was enjoyable.”
“We hope that other patients who are feeling a little apprehensive about coming read Mrs Calder’s testimonial and it puts them at ease.”
Newmedica provides services for 22 NHS contracts, and delivers more than 120,000 patient interactions annually across England.