THE FUTURE is bright and clear for many local patients with reduced vision, thanks to Solihull Hospital’s new cornea transplant service.
Using the latest techniques, once a suitable donor has been allocated, corneal tissue is replaced by consultant Amit Patel and his ophthalmology department team in under two hours.
The new service enables patients with sight problems caused by conditions affecting the cornea of the eye, such as complicated cataract surgery and scarring from trauma and contact lens related infections, to have a transplant to replace part of the cornea as a day-case procedure.
For some eye conditions, patients experience an improvement in vision within a few weeks whereas traditional surgery would have normally taken one to two years.
Mr Patel said: “As only a local anesthetic is needed, patients are home the same day and often notice a difference to their sight within a few short weeks. In addition to the short stay and quick recovery, the newer techniques are also safer for the patients.”
Donald Boon, aged 74, from Birmingham, was the first to receive a corneal transplant at Solihull Hospital.
He said: “I was in two minds about whether to have the operation on my damaged cornea, but the team were so supportive and if I had not had it, in time my sight could have failed in that eye.
“Eyesight is precious and I am so grateful to Mr Patel and his team for this procedure which has improved my vision.”