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Rewriting the story on diabetes and cataracts

September 8, 2017

Rewriting the story on diabetes and cataracts Alan Williams wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes from the sun

With a family history of diabetes and vision loss, Alan Williams, a writer, saw his GP when the articles on his screen lost their sharpness.

Alan’s GP referred him for an assessment and he was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes. A cataract is a very common eye condition which causes a ‘clouding’ in vision.

“Over time I had turned the contrast on the computer and TV to the highest setting and it wasn’t enough anymore."

Alan lives with type 2 diabetes, which makes developing cataracts 16 times more likely.

“My mother lost her eyesight due to diabetes, so I know the risks. I remember the stress vision impairment placed upon her."

Alan had his first cataract surgery at the hospital in 2012 and his second in 2016 at Eye and Ear on the Park. He says he was blown away by how he instantly saw results.

“While I was still recovering I switched on the computer and thought, wow, the screen is so white."

“I appreciated the surgeon coming into the recovery room reassuring me that I had done well. Although a simple thing, it gave me comfort that she really cared."

“After the surgery it reminded me of when TV changed from black and white to colour. Suddenly everything was so vibrant."

Alan says he’ll be sure to include his successful surgeries in his memoir!

“Everything about my experience was so good that I even wrote in feedback to the Eye and Ear to share my thanks."