Gentleman. Both cataracts treated. Surgery customised for distance with Rayner aspheric monofocal IOLs
‘I am a 51 year old surveyor and keen golfer living in the Watford area who to be honest had noticed that my eyesight had been deteriorating over the past few years but for various reasons had decided not to do anything about it and assumed it was all part of getting older!. This deterioration was particularly noticeable when working at the computer, reading maps, telephone directories etc and menu’s which was especially infuriating for my wife especially when light levels were less than perfect. Eventually I got around to having my eyes tested at my regular optician only to be diagnosed as having cataracts in both eyes with my left eye being most affected. I was surprised to receive this diagnosis as I thought cataract was a condition I might have in my 70’s or older as my mother had both eyes operated on for this condition in her late 70’s.
With the diagnosis made I took advice and researched the web following which at least I knew that cataract surgery was a fairly routine operation. I decided to have my left eye operated on as soon as possible assuming that my right eye was my “good” eye and that this one could would be fine until some time in the future.
My wife, a G.P. had attended a talk given by Simon Levy and was sufficiently impressed such that I was referred to him by my GP and arrangements were made for an initial evening consultation at the Spire Bushey Hospital. At that consultation I had a really thorough examination of both eyes by Simon’s colleague Tony (the technology was state of the art) which confirmed I had a fairly advanced ‘young person’s’ cataract in my left eye and a less severe one in my right.
My wife and I then had plenty of time to discuss with Simon the options available to me including the types of replacement lens, types of anaesthetic, the operating procedure and how long the operation might last etc etc .By then I had no hesitation in confirming to Simon that I would like him to do the operation and it was scheduled for three weeks hence at the Spire Bushey Hospital.
On the day of the operation I arrived at the hospital as requested at 9.00 and following a brief chat with the consultant anaesthetist and a course of four sets of eye drops I was ready to be taken to the operating theatre. While waiting to go in Simon came and spent a few minutes talking to me explaining what to expect and asking whether I had any questions or concerns which I personally found reassuring.
The operation as advised previously was completely painless and took no longer than about 15 minutes which is what I had been told to expect. Simon gave a commentary throughout, which I found helpful and reassuring, of how the operation was progressing.. Afterwards I spent about 20-30 minutes in post op before being seen again by Simon to check all was well before being discharged and I was home by 12.30 and able to play golf the following day.
Within days of the operation I noticed a huge improvement in vision in my left eye and became aware that colours were now brighter and sharper with images less blurred than before … it was as if I had suddenly subscribed to and was watching high definition television … at least through my left eye. Four days after the operation I had a further short consultation with Simon and some tests carried out that confirmed that the operation had been completely successful, something which I had already realised.
I was so pleased with the results of the operation on my left eye that it was obvious that what I had previously thought of as my good eye i.e. my right was in fact not as good in comparison to my “new” left eye and I therefore I had no hesitation in making arrangements for Simon to operate on my right eye. This he did some two months later with equal success and the operation was as painless as before and Simon was as professional, caring and reassuring and understanding throughout the whole procedure.’