PATIENTS on the Fylde coast will now be able to have laser eye surgery on their doorstep.
The Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, on St Walburga’s Road, Blackpool, has become the first in Lancashire to offer the procedure, known as LASIK laser vision correction.
It means those who want their short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism corrected no longer have to travel to Manchester, or further afield.
Among the first to benefit was Suzanne Webster, from Blackpool.
The 43-year-old mum-of-one said she was delighted with the results, and would recommend the surgery to anyone.
It only takes around 10 to 15 minutes for each eye, is completely painless and results can be seen the next day.
Suzanne said: “I’d worn glasses for about 30 years and found contact lenses very uncomfortable, so I could never wear them.
“I am quite active. I do a lot of walking, some running, Pilates and so on, and it is much better now I don’t have to wear glasses.
“It makes it easier playing with my son, and now I can take him swimming and see properly.
“I can’t believe the difference the surgery has made.
“The next day I opened my eyes and looked out the window, and I couldn’t believe how much and how well I could see.
“I could see road signs across the road, read car registration plates – it was great. Now when I am watching TV, it’s clear, people’s faces without my glasses were all blurred, but now they are clear.
“My prescription was minus three, so I couldn’t see much detail any distance away without my glasses.
“It was such a fast recovery time too.
“It was so handy having the surgery on the doorstep, not having to go to Manchester for appointments and so on.”
Imran Rahman, the consultant who carried out the surgery, said: “We offer the only service in Lancashire, and it’s much easier for patients from Lancaster, Blackpool and Preston to come here than travel to Manchester.
“We offer a bespoke service and 24-hour service afterwards, should any problems develop. The machine we use is the fastest and most accurate. It’s a consultant you see, either myself or my colleague Shreyas Raj – rather than an optician – so should any problems develop, we can pick them up early.
“It can be life-changing for patients when we are able to offer them independence from glasses or contact lenses.
“It can mean they can do activities, simple things like going swimming with the children, playing sports and so on, much easier.”
For more details please call (01253) 308031.