Josie's story: "Taking part in research means I won’t have to make big changes to my lifestyle in the future."
When I was in my 50s I was
diagnosed with primary open angle glaucoma after visiting my
optician. The consultant at the Royal Manchester Eye Hospital
explained that glaucoma is a build-up of pressure in the eye and
that it isn't something I would have necessarily noticed otherwise.
I was told that over time I could lose my peripheral vision and
that would have had a massive impact on my life as a care home
Driving is a big part of my life, both at work and in my
personal life. I drive some distance to see my grandchildren every
week. Losing my sight would be life changing for me.
Initially, I was given drops that would help prevent my eyesight
from getting worse. I needed to take them twice daily which I was
happy to do, but unfortunately my eyes were sensitive to them.
I heard about the Aquesys XEN Implant research study, which was
taking place at the hospital and I went to see Dr Leon Au,
Consultant ophthalmologist at RMEH. The doctor explained that
the new surgical implant was designed to reduce the pressure in my
eye, without the need for eye drops, and that my current eye
pressure meant that I was eligible to take part in the study.
As a result of the implant, I've been told that the pressure in
my eye is now adequately controlled. The procedure doesn't
require general anaesthetic and there are no stiches needed, which
is great news as I'm told this lowers the risk of infection and the
recovery time associated with traditional surgery. For me, it meant
that I could go straight back to work and, as the trial is to
examine the long term effects of the Aquesys stent it was
reassuring to know that I will be monitored closely by my
consultant on a regular basis. I'm really pleased to have
been given the opportunity to receive cutting edge technology,
whilst helping others, through this trial.
Taking part in research means that I won't have to make big
changes to my lifestyle in the future. I can keep my busy lifestyle
for as long as I choose, and to know that I am able to drive across
to see my grandchildren is the best results I could have hoped
Learn more about our research
Hear more on our research into novel devices to treat glaucoma
Mr Leon Au, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Manchester Royal
Eye Hospital (MREH).
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learn more about our eye research and how to get involved.