After 38 years suffering from a progressive eye disease, Peter Fermer’s life has been transformed by surgery at The McIndoe Centre.

Peter, 53, was diagnosed with Keratoconus in his right eye when he was just 15 years old. The eye disease means the cornea, which is normally round, thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape.

At the time the only treatment available was to wear a hard contact lens which Peter found he could not get on with and so simply had to live with the condition.

After carrying out research he decided to look at his options again and arranged to see Consultant Ophthalmic, Corneal and Reflective surgeon Mr Samer Hamada at The McIndoe Centre who recommended a corneal graft to improve sight in the right eye. The operation was carried out in November.

Peter, said: “All I can say is why did I wait so long! The McIndoe Centre was fantastic! The staff and nurses were excellent, as was the food and my room. From the moment I arrived I was looked after by a team of friendly efficient staff and I always knew what was going on and why.

“Six weeks after the operation, the vision in my eye is already better than it was before the operation and should hopefully improve significantly over the next few months.”

Peter, who received donor tissue for his operation, urged people to consider registering as an organ donor in the event of their death.

 

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