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New surgical equipment at Spire Southampton Hospital helps patient drive at night again following surgery

29 June 2015

Mr Nigel Barnes underwent a vitrectomy procedure using brand new 27 gauge vitrectomy equipment to remove floaters that were obscuring his vision. During a vitrectomy procedure the jelly in the eye (vitreous humour) is removed along with any floating debris. The jelly is then replaced with a clear fluid. 

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Richard Newsom, carried out the vitrectomy using the new incredibly fine instruments. Talking about 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." 

Mr Barnes, who was extremely short-sighted prior to the procedure, now considers he has very good vision.

"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. 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.

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