Gentleman. Both cataracts treated. Surgery customised for distance and reading with Alcon Restor multifocal IOLs
‘My cataract procedures: I had an appointment with Simon Levy on 6th September 2009 after my optician had discovered that I had a cataract in my right eye. The sight in that eye had become quite poor and I had difficulty in reading road signs.
After an examination Simon confirmed that there was a cataract in that eye and also a lesser one in the left eye. He explained to me what would happen in a cataract procedure and the risks that were involved. I agreed that both eyes should be done. He said that as I had been wearing multi-focal contact lenses I would be suitable for a multi-focal implant. He explained that this implant would be much more expensive and I said that I was happy to go along with this implant.
I was then taken to the next room by the optometrist and my eyes were measured with the use of some impressive machinery so that the implants could be made. I then made an appointment for the procedure to be done on the 16th and the other eye two weeks later. Simon said that his secretary, Vanessa , would be in touch.
On the 7th Vanessa phoned to say that there had been a cancellation on the 9th at The Wellington and would I like to take that appointment. I jumped at the chance to have it done quickly as my wife and I were going on holiday in early October. I will always remember the date, it was 09/09/09. She made sure that the implant would be ready at such short notice and on the 9th my wife accompanied me to the Wellington.
We were taken to a waiting room which had about eight reclining armchairs each in a bay with curtains which could be drawn if necessary. A nurse administered drops while I waited and then Simon came and explained what would happen. That’s when I had this feeling of trepidation. What if something went wrong and I couldn’t see? I didn’t have much time to worry as I was soon taken to the room where it was all going to happen. I was surprised that I wasn’t required to change into a gown. It was all quite casual and reassuring.
I lay on a bed and Simon once again told me what would happen. I had been given very strong anaesthetic drops and felt nothing in my eye. The procedure took about 15 minutes and Simon talked me through it. There was music playing and I found the whole thing very restful. In fact Simon said that I had kept incredibly still. I was however very pleased when it was over and was told that it had been successful.
I was returned to the waiting room now with a dressing on my eye covered with a plastic eye shield. Simon came to see me and explained that I could remove the dressing when I arrived home and that I must use the drops provided religiously and wear the shield at night to stop me rubbing my eye. This I did. When I was home I removed the dressing and to my relief I could see. My sight was blurred as I was told it would be. The next morning I visited Simon who checked my eye and told me that all had gone according to plan.
The blurring had now all but gone and I could see very well. I was surprised at the colours which were so vivid. One does not realise how ones eyes can deteriorate. I had no pain or even discomfort during or after the procedure. Now I couldn’t wait for the second eye to be done.
Two weeks later I had the second eye done and this time I was not at all worried. The second was just as good as the first and now I have virtually perfect vision, better than I had forty years ago. I no longer need to wear spectacles. I can see to read even the smallest of print and my distance vision is excellent.
I hope, Simon, that you don’t mind me calling you by your first name. I feel I can’t be formal with someone who has given me back my sight.’