Keratoconus treatment with AccuVision – a patient’s story
Ian from Manchester came to AccuVision for help with Keratoconus in 2021.
This is his patient story.
Ian contacted our Wetherby clinic in June 2021. Three years previously, he had been diagnosed with Keratoconus, and was being monitored every 12 weeks by his NHS optometrist. In June 2021 he was told his condition had worsened, and he needed urgent corneal cross linking surgery within a 12 week time frame.
Ian waited for a follow up letter from the NHS with details of his surgery, but after many phone calls still hadn’t had an appointment confirmed for his treatment. He decided to look for private treatment and chose AccuVision’s Wetherby clinic, as he is based in Manchester.
Ian, how was your first appointment with AccuVision?
‘It was a great consultation, really professional, and during the assessment they diagnosed the other eye with Keratoconus, which I hadn’t know about. They also suggested I could have a special laser treatment to help improve my vision and prescription. The team were so friendly and accommodating, one lady in particular, Natalia, has been absolutely fantastic’.
What was the experience like on surgery day?
‘I got all the documents in advance, felt very prepared and knew what to expect. When I arrived, I found it easy to ask questions which were answered straightaway. It was a very slick experience. The surgery day went really quickly, the whole experience from start to finish took about 45 minutes. I had good advice and felt able to manage it all at home, the best advice was to bring sunglasses, and then there was a check-up 24 hours later back at the clinic’.
How was the recovery process?
‘I attended all my check ups, which were all fine. I went an extra time as I had some pain in my eye. They sorted it out straight away, it was to do with the pressure in my eye. They gave me different drops and the day after it was fine’.
What is different about life now after surgery?
‘It’s fantastic. I would definitely recommend it. My brother has the same condition and I’m talking him into getting it done. There’s nothing more important than your health and vision. I wouldn’t recommend anywhere else, just AccuVision’.
Is there anything you would have liked done differently or that you feel would improve our service?
‘Genuinely not! They were so accommodating. We live a long drive away, and the team were so accommodating on times and dates, Natalia even went in on a Sunday so we could make an appointment’.
Can you imagine how your life may have been different the past three years if you hadn’t had proceeded?
‘I had my appointment letter from the NHS 12 months after I was diagnosed so I would have been waiting and deteriorating for a year. When I had the surgery, the surgeon said to my wife that I’m lucky to have had it done it now as the situation could have deteriorated further, leading to a cornea transplant. I’m so glad I used AccuVision’
Keratoconus is a condition that affects the cornea (the transparent window at the front of the eye). Keratoconus causes changes within the structure of the cornea making it weaken and thin resulting in a ‘cone shaped’ forward bulge. It can lead to myopia (short sight) and, if the steepening is uneven, also astigmatism (distortion of vision).
For more information on how AccuVision treat Keratoconus, or any other eye condition, visit AccuVision or call 0330 123 2020