Sight: a precious gift for Frank Wootton

Frank Wootton, a building contractor and developer aged 76 from Hemsworth, began noticing his sight was worsening after having glaucoma for a number of years. In April this year he decided he needed to do something about it.

Frank Wootton, patient at Spire Methley Park Hospital

Mr Wootton had regular check-ups on his eyes but his left cataract eventually started to interfere with his day-to-day life.

He says “Over the first two to three months of 2014 I noticed my eyes worsening and realised I need to have the operation sooner rather than later.”

Frank then considered his options and was told it was a several month long wait for the surgery via the NHS, so he decided to research ophthalmic consultants and find the best surgeon to perform the operation privately. 

Frank found that Mr Andrew Chung, an ophthalmic consultant at Spire Methley Park Hospital, came highly recommended. He says, “I had no doubt I wanted to see Mr Chung, he came with high recommendations so I asked my GP to refer me.”

Within two weeks Mr Wootton had not only seen Mr Chung for a consultation, he had also had his left cataract removed and his lens replaced and seen Mr Chung in clinic for his follow-up appointment.

Mr Wootton describes his time in Spire Methley Park Hospital: “My experience at the hospital was extremely good, I had a room prior to my surgery and Mr Chung came to see me before the operation. I had total support and guidance from the staff at Methley Park Hospital and I was totally happy with the experience before and after.”

After his operation Frank says, “I was elated it had been done, I cannot put it into words what it was like to be able to see properly again.”

Following his surgery he came back for a follow up and Mr Chung gave him a full examination and confirmed the surgery had been very successful.

Mr Wootton says his life has been improved, “I am a lot less stressed now my eye problems are resolved and can’t believe what a difference to my everyday life it has made. I enjoy gardening and I am amazed at how bright all the colours look following my surgery!”

Frank says, “My advice to anyone with cataracts is don’t hesitate! Your vision is so precious, who wants to be blind?”

Spire Methley Park Hospital is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. The hospital is situated in beautiful woodland grounds, close to the village of Methley in South Leeds; it offers a wide range of services from cosmetic surgery to diagnostic imaging and physiotherapy to a one stop breast clinic, through to major orthopaedic procedures. They offer high quality medical treatment to all patients for a fixed price with no hidden extras.

For prices or more information about cataract surgery or any other procedure please call 01977 664228 or visit the treatment page.

The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.

For more information please contact Rebecca Thourgood on 01977 664260 or email

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