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Eye op delight for Elizabeth Lumley Holmes
A JEWELLERY importer who was losing her sight due to diabetes has told of how she can see diamonds again after her vision was saved by a new treatment.
Elizabeth Lumley Holmes, 67, of Warthill, near York, suffers from diabetic retinopathy – the most common cause of blindness in working age people in England – and had been suffering increasingly blurry vision.
Ms Holmes, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1998, said: “I go for regular appointments with my optician and last April he told me that my condition was deteriorating.
“Despite only really having noticed a slight deterioration in vision in my left eye, I knew it was only a matter of time before it got worse. Gradually losing the ability to see properly was a terrifying thought.”
After researching ways to improve her sight, she contacted the London Eye Hospital, which offers a laser treatment it said could save the sight of millions of diabetes suffers and can tackle eye problems early on.
As a private patient with ophthalmic surgeon Dr Bobby Qureshi, Ms Holmes underwent retinal rejuvenation with an “Ellex 2RT” laser, which the hospital said is less harsh than other lasers and works without causing any collateral damage to the retina.
She said: “There was no recovery period at all which was simply amazing. Almost immediately, my left eye was less blurry and I could see the improvement. I am so grateful and relieved that the damage has been stopped in its tracks.
“You can go blind if you are diabetic, it’s a horrible disease. But at the moment it’s just wonderful what he has done.
“Before I couldn’t even see diamonds or anything, now everything is a lot better.”
She said she hopes her sight will soon be improved so much by further treatment she will not need to wear glasses when driving.
Ms Holmes said she hoped the treatment would become available on the NHS in the future.
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