Retired PA, Julia May (68) started to notice her vision deteriorating around her mid-40s when wearing glasses became an everyday necessity.
Julia, from Northampton, says: “It really was a nuisance having bad eyesight. Simple things like showering became a chore because I couldn’t distinguish the shampoo from the conditioner”.
She now cares for her elderly mother, something Julia used to find a real challenge without her glasses saying, “I would have to squint at everything all the time and reading without my glasses was virtually impossible, making the little things in life so much harder.
“When I heard about new procedures that might be able to improve my eyesight, I jumped at the chance to go along for an initial consultation with Optical Express to see what they could offer me.
“After hearing that I wasn’t eligible for laser eye surgery, the optometrist talked me through lens surgery– something that is widely open to my age group. With their expert manner and explanation of how my eyesight would dramatically improve, I was totally sold.”
Since having the surgery Julia now boasts better than 20/20 vision and feels that she has now has a new lease of life.
Julia says: “My life has changed such a huge amount. I can now do things so much quicker and with such ease. I don’t have to look for my glasses first thing in the morning anymore, it’s wonderful.”
Optometry Development Manager, Dasi Raju, said that cases like Julia’s are an example of how effective lens surgery procedures can benefit those who wish to enjoy a glasses free lifestyle.
“Although laser eye surgery is currently one of the most frequently considered elective procedures in the world, a natural lens exchange is a well-established, safe and effective alternative that allows patients the opportunity to be spectacle-free.
“Natural lens exchange is similar to a cataract procedure but replaces your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to correct your vision. With the introduction of multifocal IOL’s, patients that wear glasses for near tasks such as reading or using a computer now have the opportunity to reduce or eliminate their dependence on these. Patients who have this procedure also benefit from the fact that it prevents the development of cataracts in the future.
“We have treated thousands of patients, like Julia who have experienced the positive impact of this procedure, which typically takes less than 10 minutes to perform and offers fast visual recovery.”