Ski enthusiast eyes up the slopes

25 February 2014…For Cheshire resident, David Watson, his passion for sports has been reignited following an eye procedure which has freed him from the glasses he has worn for over 40 years.

David, aged 70, who continues to work as the Chief Executive of a Manchester spare parts company, has had to wear spectacles all day long for over four decades and was simply fed up with them.

A friend mentioned the ClarivuTM permanent lens replacement procedure, which David enthusiastically researched and went for a free consultation at the specialist Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital.

He explains: “I am the type of person that just makes my mind up as I go along, and at the consultation I really liked Mr Moriarty’s approach.  He gave me all the facts, told me what the procedure could do for me, answered all my questions and then told me to go away and think about it – there was absolutely no pressure whatsoever.”

David was eager to proceed and describes Clarivu as “painless and simplicity itself from a patient’s perspective” with immediate good results – the very next day he could see without spectacles.

He said: “When you need glasses for everything from distance to reading, sports can be an even bigger challenge - if you go to a large pool you cannot see from one end to the other! And to see where you are going when skiing in falling snow involved taking goggles off and putting glasses back on…it’s all so messy! To be able to enjoy sports without all that hassle is fantastic.”

One year on from Clarivu, and two skiing holidays later, David could not be more delighted with the results.  He can now thoroughly enjoy his sports, from skiing and swimming, to the gym and golf, as well as international travel, all without the hassle of glasses.

Brendan Moriarty, ophthalmic surgeon at Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital, said: “I have had these lenses implanted myself over two years’ ago and am delighted.  Reading ski maps without glasses is a great treat!  Also, being a keen golfer, means I can follow the ball clearly with confidence.”

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Note to editors

Optegra is a specialist provider of ophthalmic services in the UK, Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.  Optegra operates 23 eye hospitals and brings together leading edge research and medical expertise, state-of-the-art surgical equipment and top ophthalmic surgeons renowned for their areas of expertise to offer the best clinical outcomes in laser vision correction, Clarivu (refractive lens exchange), cataract removal, AMD, vitreoretinal and oculoplastics procedures all carried out in 5-star patient facilities.

Optegra is committed to the development of eye sciences and championing the latest innovations in vision correction through its dedicated Eye Sciences Division.  It achieves this by partnering with leading UK universities in the research and development of the next generation of ophthalmic services and technologies.

In addition, it’s Professional Partnership Programme of education and development with optometrists and opticians ensures the very best medical treatments are available to all.

To maintain Optegra’s five star standard of patient care and safety,  its specialist eye hospitals draw on the expertise of its Medical Advisory Committees (MAC), headed by consultant level ophthalmic surgeons who all report into the corporate MAC.  This is managed by Medical Director Mr Robert Morris, the renowned refractive expert who determines Optegra’s policies and procedures.

Optegra operates six UK eye hospitals: Optegra Eye Hospital, London; Optegra Surrey Eye Hospital (Guildford); Optegra Birmingham Eye Hospital (Aston); Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital (Apperley Bridge and Laser Eye Centre in Leeds City Centre); Optegra Solent Eye Hospital (Whiteley) and Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital, (Didsbury).