“I had to do something as I couldn’t see the cricket scores!” says cataract patient, Lesley.
Lesley House had been told by her optician years ago that she had cataracts forming. However, it wasn’t until she was really struggling with her reading and crotchet that she knew something had to be done.
She said: “My optician couldn’t correct my vision with lenses anymore and said he would need to refer me for surgery. I was hoping this could be arranged quickly as it was really becoming a problem. I was given a list of hospitals I could choose to book in.
“I was quite anxious on the day [of surgery] but the nurses explained everything to me and I was really reassured.”Lesley House, Practice Plus Group cataract patient at Shepton Mallet
“I couldn’t believe it. It was a 48 week wait for cataract surgery and I was only offered a telephone appointment. So, we decided paying for the surgery ourselves would be the right option.”
“My husband had his cataracts done 10 years ago on the NHS at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Shepton Mallet but the waiting lists were a lot shorter then. I had to do something as I couldn’t see the cricket scores!”
Lesley said: “I was quite anxious and fidgety on the day but it went very well. The nurses explained everything to me and I was really reassured. One of the drops was a bit ‘stingy’, but I was warned about that.
“I couldn’t believe it when I opened my eyes…everything was so clear!”Lesley House, Practice Plus Group cataract patient at Shepton Mallet
“I couldn’t believe it when I opened my eyes. It was the brightness and light that I noticed the most. I didn’t realise how dull everything had become. Everything was so clear!”
Lesley has had both of her eyes treated now and is back enjoying what she loves – watching the cricket.