Report from South Wales Evening Post, July 26th 2007. Photo used by kind permission
City Hospital Leads Way In Eye Surgery
The work of a pioneering surgeon is proving a real eye-opener for Swansea patients who could barely see.
New treatments are being offered on the NHS to people with severe or complicated eye conditions.
It is down to the work of Singleton Hospital – based Mohammed Muhtaseb, consultant opthalmic and cornea surgeon, who is one of a handful of UK specialists trained in cornea and refractive surgery. Since he started in 2007, patients have been offered highly specialist treatment when laser vision correction was unsuitable.
Bricklayer Mark Evans, aged 36 from Cwmdu, could see nothing but a blurred outline of someone sitting only a few feet away. He was diagnosed with the condition astigmatism, which means his vision was blurred by an irregularly shaped cornea. Mr Evans was so shortsighted the optical power of his eye was measured at -22 dioptres. But now his vision is almost perfect (-1 dioptre) after he had a special lens placed behind the iris of each eye. Following two operations, which took less than an hour to carry out on two different days at Singleton’s day surgery unit, his vision has been completely transformed.
“I’ve needed glasses since I was five and they were the thick, bottle – bottom types,” he said. “I used ordinary contact lenses for a while, but I over – wore them and they damaged my eyes, so I had to go back to glasses. Since having these new contact lenses, my eyesight has been marvellous. In both cases the treatment was carried out very quickly. After one of them, I went straight to Birmingham to see Lionel Ritchie in concert because I felt so great.”