Seeing is believing – ‘blind’ man gets his sight back

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A FATHER left virtually blind by a degenerative eye disease has stunned doctors by regaining his sight.

Paul Hill, 46, was diagnosed with double detached retinas and myopic macular degeneration which led to the complete loss of his central vision in April last year.

But his consultant has been rendered speechless after Mr Hill’s remarkable recovery.

Mr Hill, of Halifax, went back to his consultant and he was floored.

“He didn’t really speak at first. He just kept looking at me through machines, he couldn’t explain it. He said he expected it to change a little but not what actually happened.

“Basically my sight came back over time. For quite a time afterwards I couldn’t quite believe it. From seeing nothing, and walking around with everyone helping me, to getting my sight back – it’s kind of a miracle.”

Although no one is sure why his sight has improved, one theory is that scarring to his macula, which is part of the retina, has moved or shrunk.

“I can now do everything I couldn’t do before. I can read, work, use my computer, use my camera and drive. It has made a massive difference.”

Back in September he was dealt another crushing blow when he was made redundant but recently set up his own video production company in his garden shed, calling it ManShed.

“After a terribly tough year, I can literally see light at the end of the tunnel and things are starting to look up for me and my family,” he said.

“It’s nice to think things can get better for people.”

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s medical director David Wise said: “This is great news and we are delighted for Mr Hill.”