“I started to notice symptoms in July 2015, when I suffered a torn retina. After laser surgery, I was left with a very large floater which moved, like an opaque blob which filled my vision as it floated around my right eye.
After a year, I decided I couldn't cope any more. It was impacting my quality of life and making everyday tasks difficult or impossible; such as driving, using a computer, watching TV and cooking. At this point, we decided to visit Spire Little Aston and make use of our private healthcare.
I had an initial consultation with Mr Kam Balaggan, who explained thoroughly the options, the associated risks and his particular skill set and statistics. He put me totally at ease, answered any and all concerns we had and enabled me to make a decision, happily, immediately. This was followed by the operation itself. I opted to have only local anaesthesia, partially under his advice. I was looked after very well by everyone. The operation itself only took around half an hour but from entering theatre to leaving was probably around an hour.
The operation was not painful, if unpleasant. I would undergo the same operation by the same surgeon again willingly, if/when necessary. The change of vision in my right eye is enormous, going from constantly slightly squinting and blinking away a huge floater, I now have wonderful sharp and unobscured vision in that eye. It has made a huge difference to me.
I would say that most people have commented that they couldn't have this operation under local anaesthesia as they couldn't cope with seeing everything going on. In fact, you see nothing other than a bright light to start with and then nothing at all. Recovery was straightforward, after about two weeks I was pretty much back to normal.
Mr Balaggan has been accessible, friendly, reassuring and empathetic. I could not be happier with the results or with my surgeon.”