Bright future for Graham after eye op

The world for loss assessor Graham Bye had become a little duller during lockdown as the cataract in his eye worsened. But now the world is looking brighter thanks to an operation at Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Devizes.

Graham, from Bratton, could not see into the road before his operation. He explained: “I knew the sight in my eye was deteriorating but I didn’t want to visit an optician during the first lockdown. I have significant respiratory issues and had been shielding. When we came out of lockdown I visited the optician – my eyesight was so poor that he stopped the examination and immediately referred me for the operation.”

Mr Bye looked at the waiting times for NHS treatment in the county and he discovered that the waiting times at Devizes Surgical Centre were significantly lower than any other hospital.

He said: “I was delighted at the centre. I had obvious concerns about exposure to COVID-19, but I was reassured by the robust procedures they had in place. The free parking at centre was also a benefit, as elsewhere you park further away from the hospital and have to pay.

“Everyone was friendly and very professional and I was put at my ease. It really was faultless. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needed treatment.”

Now Mr Bye is enjoying clearer, brighter vision and can even return to using reading glasses rather than his previous bifocal prescription. “The television picture is much clearer and now I can see the length of the road – and even read the cars’ number plates. It really is very impressive.”

General manager Lisa Self said: “We are all delighted that Mr Bye has had such a positive experience and that he is enjoying life with clearer vision.

“Many of our patients tell us is they like the centre’s small scale which means we can offer the warm welcome of a local service. Our patients know they can relax, surrounded by friendly faces in a Covid-secure environment.”