Mr Nigel Barnes has seen great results following his eye surgery using new surgical equipment at Spire Southampton Hospital.
Mr Nigel Barnes first noticed he had ‘floaters’ in his left eye about three years ago. The floaters obscured his vision and drifted across his line of sight, making driving at night impossible and affecting everyday activities like reading.
At the end of 2014 he met consultant ophthalmologist Mr Newsom, who advised that there was a treatment for floaters called a vitrectomy.
A vitrectomy is a day case procedure that removes the jelly in the eye (vitreous humour), along with any floating debris. The jelly, or vitreous humour, is then replaced with a clear fluid.
The vitrectomy procedure was carried out using brand new 27 gauge vitrectomy equipment, which uses keyhole surgery on the eye. By using incredibly fine instruments (less than 1mm in diameter), no stitches are necessary and the eye usually recovers rapidly following the operation.
Speaking about using the new equipment, Mr Newsom said: “Surgery using a 27 gauge vitrectomy is an exciting innovation as it gives patients a relatively pain free post-operative recovery with rapid improvement in vision."
“One of the main things we use it for is to remove annoying floaters and it is proving to be very successful for our patients because the post-operative recovery is so quick due to the very small incisions we have to make with this particular procedure.”
“Patients generally regain vision rapidly and the eyes are comfortable and stable after the operation. We are very excited about this new equipment and we think this will set new standards of treatment in terms of vitrectomy surgery in the Wessex area.”
Talking about the procedure, Mr Barnes said, “My procedure was very quick and I was away from home for just six and a half hours on the day. My eyes recovered quickly and I was able to drive just seven days after the treatment. I can even drive at night again, which I haven’t been able to do for a long time.”
Mr Barnes, who was extremely short-sighted prior to the procedure, now considers he has very good vision.
“I don’t need to put my glasses on straight away in the morning and I can now see the clock, which I couldn’t before until I put on my glasses,” says Nigel. “I had a fantastic experience from the whole team at the hospital and I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering surgery.”
For more information about the vitrectomy procedure or a guide price call 023 8091 4471 or complete our enquiry form. You can make an appointment with Mr Newsom by contacting his private secretary on 023 8076 4976.