26.03.2015

Firefighter saved from blindness through eye op

Firefighter saved from blindness through eye op

A firefighter who feared that she may have to quit her job has had her sight saved in an operation.

Lynsey Philpott, who is 28, developed cataracts and was told that she may never be able to work for the fire service again, but became the first person in the UK to have a new type of lenses implanted.

The cutting edge technology enabled Ms Philpott, who is stationed at Rawdon in Leeds, to return to her post.

Experts at St James" Hospital in the city made the decision to go ahead with the pioneering treatment and the firefighter was able to resume her duties.

She told the Daily Express: "I didn"t think my sight was that bad but then when I had the comparison it seemed unreal. Perfect vision is something we take for granted."

Also recently, a team led by Dr Jonathon Ng, based at Curtin University and the Eye & Vision Epidemiology Research Group in Australia, noted that cataract surgery can potentially help to save lives by reducing the number of car crashes across the globe.

by Adrian Galbreth


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