Clarivu™ Eye Surgery - Michael Hurley Patient Experience
Thursday, 1 September 2011
For the majority of people being able to see different shades of green is not regarded as a marvel. But for Michael Hurley from Stockport, who for over 25 years has only been able to see with the aid of thick-set glasses and contacts, can now, thanks to Brendan Moriarty a consultant eye surgeon at The Prospect Eye Clinic, see many different shades and a whole lot more with no assistance.
Chartered Structural Engineer, Michael first started wearing glasses when he was 19-years-old. He said; "It was my boss who suggested I might have a problem with my sight. As a draftsman I was required to draw many lines, my lines weren't very good and he suggested that I visit my optician.
However, the 56-year-olds eyesight continued to deteriorate; "Over the years my sight got progressively worse. I started wearing contact lenses. When I didn't have my contacts in, I wore glasses which were like milk bottles. They didn't look good as the lenses were so thick and they even left an indentation on my nose.
"Eventually, because I was looking at a computer all day I started to have to wear both my contact lenses and glasses at the same time as my eyes required further assistance. During this time I also suffered with a number of eye infections as I never cleaned my contact lenses properly."
The married father of two decided enough was enough. "I considered laser treatment but because I had bad astigmatisms in both eyes I was informed it was unlikely to work.
"I contacted Brendan after I saw an article in the newspaper regarding 'Clarivu™' eye surgery. We've all suffered from white coat syndrome and you especially don't want to go to hospital for treatment on your peepers. However, I researched Brendan and knew, without a shadow of a doubt that he was the right person for the job."
Brendan treated Michael using an innovative technique named 'Clarivu™ Surgery'. 'Clarivu™ Surgery' treats every type of spectacle dependency - long or short sightedness, presbyopia or astigmatism (abnormal curvature of the eye). The treatment involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing it with a multi-focal lens.
By removing the natural lens, 'Clarivu™ Surgery' also cures cataracts, a potentially blinding condition where the eyes natural lens becomes cloudy. Cataracts becomes more common as we age, affecting a large proportion of people over the age of 60.
Speaking of the treatment Michael said: "When I met with Brendan he explained that I had cataracts in both eyes, but that it was more advanced in my right/left eye. There was only one route I could go down, Clarivu™ Surgery. The procedure was so straight forward, I had one eye done and three weeks later the other.
"Now I have 20/20 vision, something I thought would ever be possible. I wish I'd been to Brendan earlier, he's changed my life, everything is easier in all areas of my life, the biggest thing is that I can now see loads of different shades of green.
"I would tell anyone dependent on contacts or glasses to see Brendan — go with a complete open mind and don't be afraid. All it requires is 30 minutes of your time."