Eye specialists restore sight after 35 years

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A WOMAN has had her sight restored 35 years after it was severely damaged.

Lesley Nixon, 63, of Cleethorpes, lost the vision in her right eye when she was just 28 due to a cataract.

Despite several operations, her sight was not fully repaired, leaving her able to see shapes but not distinguish what they were.

Mrs Nixon said: “I was so self-conscious that I wore dark glasses all of the time. I hated the way people would stare. For years people told me there was nothing they could do. I gave up hope and with it my self-confidence nose-dived.”

Her sight was restored only after a cataract developed in her good eye and her ophthalmic surgeon Sid Goel, based at Grimsby hospital, told her he could repair her right eye using a lens implant followed by laser corrective surgery. She now has near perfect vision.

Mrs Nixon said: “My eyesight is better now than it has ever been. He has given me my freedom. I could never really see people’s faces with my right eye but I can now. Every day is a wonder for me as I can see something I had missed before.

“You realise how lovely things really are. Every day when I wake up the first thing I do is check I can still see. It’s made such a difference to my life.”