Bob Barton, 61, from Chandlers Ford in Hampshire was lucky enough to have good vision until the age of 47. However, from this point his eyesight deteriorated rapidly and by his early 50s he had no focal range at any distance.
Bob started to wear varifocal glasses but didn’t find it easy. His job as the Managing Director of a small business meant that he was often giving presentations, involving a constant switch between looking at a screen, the audience and his notes. He would often experience headaches and discomfort. As a relatively new glasses wearer, he found them very irritating!
Whilst watching television, he was fortunate enough to see the Optegra advert featuring Ruth Langsford. He related to her annoyance at taking glasses on and off for work but it would take him another two years before finally taking the plunge himself.
As a DIY enthusiast, Bob often found that his glasses got in the way or would be knocked off kilter when he was lying down to fix something or doing small, fiddly work. Along with the discomfort and headaches, he really wanted to find a resolution.
He says: “I thought that Clarivu looked too good to be true! I’d not heard of it before but thought that it would be worth evaluating. I was intrigued that such a possibility existed and I wanted to find out a little more and, with a holiday looming, I booked in for a consultation.”
At Optegra Solent Eye Hospital, he met with Consultant Surgeon Mr Rob Morris, who confirmed that he was a suitable candidate for Clarivu.
Clarivu™ is the Optegra brand name for its individually tailored, consultant-led vision correction (or Refractive Lens Exchange
– RLE) package. The package includes all diagnostic eye assessments, an advanced technology intraocular lens (IOL) specially selected for the lifestyle and visual goals of the patient, the procedure undertaken in an Optegra eye hospital
and post-operative care.
Mr Morris says: “Bob’s eyes had experienced a rapid deterioration and he had very little focal range. However, I believed that he was an ideal candidate and was confident that we could restore his excellent vision. I am delighted that we have achieved this for him and that he no longer needs to wear the glasses that annoyed him so much!”
Bob continues: “It’s like falling off a log – so simple! It was completed within minutes and I didn’t experience any pain. After the procedure on the first eye, I just couldn’t believe how clearly I could see. Over the next few weeks it got even better; colours are so sharp and I couldn’t believe that I have been missing out on so much detail!
“The next eye turned out to be just as easy and I quickly became used to the eye drops that you take after the procedure. It’s funny because I still haven’t got used to being without glasses – when reading in bed at night, I turn out the light and still reach up to take off my glasses but they’re not there! I am completely glasses-free and my vision is as close to perfect as you can get. Honestly you won’t believe it – I have the vision of a 20 year old and it’s bliss!”