"Myopic Retinal Degeneration"

About: Royal Bolton Hospital

Having worn glasses from the age of 5 and my eyes were gradually going worse. Late 2011 in my mid 50's, my vision went from bad to worse. I work up one morning with hardy any vision at all. Through a visit to my opticians, who saw me that day, I was given an emergency appointment at RBH eye department the next day. They were fantastic nothing was to much trouble. I had fluid at the back of they eye. No driving, no work, I was devastated to say the least. I had scans, x rays and even given the services of social workers. My life had fell apart. After numerous appointments to the hospital I was given the chance to have Lucentis injections in the eye. The first one i couldn't believe the difference. However after a few days my sight faded a little but it was still a big improvement. I had more injections and each time my eyesight improved. Each time I went to the hospital for the injections it felt strange to be sat in a waiting room with other patients older than myself. But they all said the same that Lucentis injections had improved there vision. After my second injection and going into the waiting room I found myself helping and giving comfort to the people who had come for the first time, as it is a terrifying experience the first time not knowing what to expect. After the injections I was informed that I had cataracts on both eyes. I then had surgery to remove the cataracts. My eyesight has never been this good. My left eye I still have problems with and I am soon to undertake laser treatment. I have nothing but full praise for the help of the doctor and his team at the Royal Bolton Hospital Eye department. Without there dedication and help, my life would not be worth living. I would be helpless, unable to see my family grow up, work and have my own home. I am very grateful, it makes you realise that your eyes are very precious. Lucentis injections have definitely helped to control my condition. I have nothing but praise for the Eye Department Team at Bolton, all the nurses, surgeons, receptionist everyone was fantastic. If anyone has eye problems rest assured you will be in good hands at the eye department. Thank you for giving me my life back.

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Response from Royal Bolton Hospital

Going from "hardly any vision" to "my eyesight has never been this good" is wonderful to hear so thank you very much for posting this. Yes, eyes are very precious and your testimonial clearly points this out. The staff and our patients will be so pleased to read this. We wish you the best for the future.

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