Globe-trotting, gym-going octogenarian from Cornwall tells of ‘life-changing’ eye surgery

Travelling solo; taking foreign language lessons online; twice weekly personal training sessions – how octogenarian Becky Wright spends her days reads much like the bucket list of many 20-somethings.

For the fiercely independent 84-year-old, who lives in a small village near Redruth in Cornwall, the ability to drive is vital. Besides access to public transport being limited in her area, making it difficult to get around to her various activities, the road to Becky’s cottage is so narrow and steep that some taxis even refuse to travel up it.

Additionally, driving allows the former primary school teacher, who has lived in Aden (now South Yemen), Cyprus, and Germany, to satisfy her wanderlust. One of her favourite destinations is Greece, which is incidentally where she was returning from when she realised there was a problem with her eyes.

“As I was driving back from the airport, I suddenly realised that I couldn’t read the signs on the side of the road. I immediately thought how not being able to see would affect my ability to drive, and consequently my independence. My first action when I got home was to contact an optician, who saw me that same day.”

After diagnosing cataracts in both eyes, Becky’s optician acted straight away, and she had an initial NHS consultation within days. Having listened to the options, Becky realised that she couldn’t risk waiting for cataract surgery. Following careful consideration, she opted for private treatment at the Freedom Vision hospital in Truro.

For the globe-trotting octogenarian, a key driver to get private cataract surgery was the rapid treatment time. She went from initial assessment to cataract surgery on both eyes and final check-up in two months.

“Besides being highly rated, the Freedom Vision team was able to accommodate me very quickly. They took my needs and lifestyle into consideration throughout,” explains Becky.

As for the experience at the Malpas Rd hospital, she says: “I cannot praise the Freedom Vision team enough. Having had some bad surgical experiences in the past, I was extremely nervous, but the team was incredibly supportive throughout. Everyone went out of their way to make me feel at ease. Nicola Halpin, specifically, was friendly, comforting, and happily answered any questions I had. Even in theatre the surgeon was calm and composed, carefully explaining what was happening every step of the way.”

In addition to great support, Becky says she felt reassured during the surgery as the reading materials given to her ahead of time were informative and clearly explained what to expect during the procedure.

Following successful cataract surgery on both eyes, her advice to anyone diagnosed with cataracts is to listen to the professionals. She adds: “There is no need to be frightened. The procedure is quick and doesn’t hurt. And the results are life changing.”

Deteriorating sight would have seriously affected Becky’s independence and quality of life. Thanks to cataract surgery she can continue to drive – including to her twice weekly personal training sessions – and she is already planning her next trip to Greece!

Although she still wears reading glasses, which she jokes is “not uncommon for someone my age”, she no longer needs specs to navigate the steep, narrow road to her cottage.

Freedom Vision has 11 UK clinics, located in Belfast, Bolton, Chester, Epsom, Leeds, Southampton, Solihull, Swansea, Truro, Watford and Wokingham.

Its expert team – comprising the UK’s most experienced and reputable consultant ophthalmologists – provides tailored treatment plans designed to accommodate each patient’s unique lifestyle and requirements.

Nicola Halpin, Patient Liaison Manager at Freedom Vision Truro says: “Cataracts can affect quality of life and independence. For the majority of people it is a treatable condition, and the procedure itself is quick and straightforward.

“Becky is typical of our patients. As they are busy and active, they want to sort out their cataracts as quickly as possible after diagnosis, so they can get on with life. As Becky experienced, we aim to make the process as quick and easy as possible while providing the best care and service and supporting people through their journey of life-changing private surgery.”

Cataracts Symptoms
You may experience one or more of the following symptoms if you have cataracts:
• Blurred vision
• Difficulty driving at night
• Difficulty watching television and reading
• Being dazzled by sunlight and/or bright lights such as the headlights of an oncoming car
• Fading of colours
• Frequent changes to your spectacle or contact lens prescription

Freedom Vision offers private cataract surgery at competitive prices, with treatment plans tailored to you and your lifestyle. Consultants are able to provide expert advice on lens choices – including options that could leave you less dependent on glasses after surgery – and a dedicated patient liaison manager will be there to support you throughout your treatment journey, answering any questions you have. Waiting times from referral to treatment are just 4-8 weeks.

Freedom Vision Truro is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Visit www.freedom-vision.co.uk to book your free initial consultation, find out answers to some frequently asked questions, and view prices.

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Editor Lisa Baker is passionate about the benefits of a holistic approach to healing. Lisa is a qualified Vibrational Therapist and has qualifications in Auricular Therapy, Massage, Kinesiology, Crystal Healing, Seichem and is a Reiki Master.