Desborough’s Daphne urges people to look after their eyes

Daphne Beasley
Daphne Beasley

A Desborough woman has said having a cataract operation was like a “camera lens being focussed” and urged people not to take their eyesight for granted.

Daphne Beasley is backing Northamptonshire Eye Health Awareness Week, which ends on Saturday, and is encouraging more people to have sight tests.

The campaign, which is in its second year, has been organised by county firm Davis Optometrists and is being supported by Kettering General Hospital.

Daphne had the procedure on her right eye last month and is now hoping to have her left eye done.

The 76-year-old said: “I was absolutely amazed, it was just as if the camera lens had been focussed because everything was brighter and sharper.

“I was worried before having the operation but it was a more pleasant experience than I thought it was going 
to be.

“Once your sight has gone you can’t get it back. People should look after their eye health and get tested regularly. You don’t realise how important your eyes are until something happens, you take them for granted.”

Kim Durden, a partner optometrist and director at Davis, which has branches in Kettering, Thrapston and Rothwell, said: “We strongly advise that everyone should have their eyes tested regardless of whether you need prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses.”

Jayshree Menon, clinical lead and consultant ophthalmologist at Kettering General Hospital, said: “The importance of regular eye examinations to detect conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration cannot be overestimated.

“Early detection of these conditions can allow effective treatment before permanent and irreversible damage sets in. With new treatments now available for a variety of eye conditions early detection and treatment can prevent loss of useful vision.

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