Petersfield pensioner who taped eyes open due to genetic condition praises Whiteley Newmedica clinic treatment

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A Petersfield pensioner is no longer resorting to sellotaping his eyes open thanks to the skills of sight-saving surgeons at a leading Whiteley eye clinic.

Jim Dick, 71, suffered from droopy eyelids for many years due to a condition he inherited from birth, and which worsened with age. His vision deteriorated so much that he took the drastic action of taping his eyelids to see and function properly before eventually seeking medical attention. Jim attended Newmedica’s new Whiteley-based clinic after tests showed he needed oculoplastic surgery, a procedure which focuses on disorders of the eyelids and tear ducts.

Jim Dick before his procedure.Jim Dick before his procedure.
Jim Dick before his procedure. | Contributed

Following his referral, Jim was seen quickly at the Hampshire eye clinic and had his surgery within two weeks of his initial appointment.

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Varajini Joganathan, the consultant who carried out Jim’s surgery, said: “We felt deeply sorry and concerned for Jim that he had felt the need to tape his eyelids open. This must have been extremely uncomfortable and is certainly something we would never recommend. We would advise anyone that feels there is anything wrong with their eyes to visit an optometrist or GP as soon as possible.’

Mr Dick said: “I’m extremely pleased with the treatment I received from Newmedica, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. My droopy eyelids became extremely irritating and were affecting me day-to-day, particularly as I had to sellotape them to allow me to see properly. The team were friendly and really looked after me, and I’m so glad I proceeded with the surgery. I understand people may be worried about having this procedure done, but I’d recommend anyone considering it to go for it as you won’t regret it.”  

Jim Dick after the life-changing treatment.Jim Dick after the life-changing treatment.
Jim Dick after the life-changing treatment. | Contributed

Consultant name added: “I’m very happy with the results from Jim’s surgery, as it’s made a huge transformation to his sight. We wish Jim all the best with his recovery and were pleased we could help him combat the problem. We’re delighted that our Hampshire clinic is allowing us to help more people in the local community who may need an eye operation or procedure. Our clinic team are always on hand to provide their expertise and advice, and we would always recommend getting your eyes checked if you have any worries or concerns.”

Newmedica is a leading provider of NHS funded and private Ophthalmology services, founded by a former eye patient and leading ophthalmologist. Newmedica is dedicated to transforming the patient experience and providing exceptional care, including using the best quality replacement cataracts lens available. Further information about Newmedica Hampshire, based at Solent Business Park, is available here or by calling 01489 357465.

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