I have worn spectacles since I was 17 years old, I am now 71. Over the past six years my vision has deteriorated and I developed cataracts, my eyesight became so poor I was advised by my optician that I should no longer be driving and that I required cataract surgery.
I saw Mr Shafiq and an appointment was made to remove the cataract in my right eye, my left eye was treated 3weeks later. Both procedures went smoothly and I am recovering well, the improvement to my vision is such that I no longer need spectacles for distance I only use them for reading.
I can recommend Mr Shafiq and his team if you require this procedure.
- Mr W developed cataract him problems with his vision every day life. After a Consultation, discussion , and some time to consider his options , Mr W elected to undergo cataract surgery with Trifocal implants. He no longer requires spectacles in his everyday life and describes his experience below:
As I advanced into my sixties, cataracts developing in both eyes made me increasingly dependant on both reading and distance glasses, neither of which I had needed until well into my forties. I arranged a consultation with Mr Shafiq who advised that I was a suitable case for treatment and described the different lens options I should consider. I was clearly under-researched at that point and needed time to mull these options over before making up my mind. I was however immediately attracted to the trifocal lens he had suggested might work best for what I wanted, i.e. not to be reliant on distance glasses at all, and minimal ongoing reliance on reading glasses. Mr Shafiq encouraged me to speak to him at any time if I had further questions about lens types or wanted clarification on any aspects of the procedure. I did speak to him again and found this most useful and reassuring.
I went ahead with surgery on first one eye and a few weeks thereafter on the other. I was apprehensive about the procedure, especially with the first one, but it all went very smoothly. Over about an hour before being escorted to the theatre eyedrops were periodically administered to dilate the eye in preparation for the operation, and once in the theatre the whole procedure took no more than 15 to 20 minutes. I could only really see a very bright light all the time and experienced no pain at all, just some occasional discomfort as various instruments were deployed. Although I left with a patch over the affected eye which was to remain on until the following morning I knew that I could still see out of it straight away, which was a relief!
The improvement in my eyesight, which I experienced almost immediately after each operation, has been impressive. Any concerns I had about disorientation from the trifocal effect proved groundless. I have had no need for distance glasses whether for driving or other longer range activities since the first operation, and similarly my close and intermediate range vision has improved to such an extent that my old reading glasses are also now redundant. Fiddly close up tasks, e.g. locating a small screw head with a screwdriver are much more manageable now.
By way of problems, I had an adverse reaction to the drops I was sent home with. Mr Shafiq was very attentive over this when I contacted him in some agitation the day after the first operation, and the problem was easily resolved. The eye first operated on has felt absolutely fine from the outset. I did experience some minor irritation with the second eye which continued for a few months. I raised this with Mr Shafiq who checked that everything was still well with both eyes, which it was, and explained that it was not uncommon to have this kind of experience whilst the nerves etc in and around the eye settled down after the operation. All is well now.
As a footnote, at a recent periodic eye examination my optician confirmed that I had no need for prescription glasses of any kind and also said he was impressed with the work that had been carried out by Mr Shafiq, which was as good as he had seen.
MR T WORE STRONG MAGNIFYING SPECTACLES OF LONG-SIGHTEDNESS AND CAME TO ME WITH CATARACTS. I WAS ABLE TO RESTORE HIS VISION BY REMOVING THE CATARACTS AND IMPLANTING LENSES THAT FOCUSSED HIM FIR DISTANCE WITHOUT GLASSES.
Firstly I would like to thank Mr Shafiq and all his colleagues at the Nuffield Newcastle for their professionalism during my recent eye operations.
As a young boy I had to wear very strong and heavy lensed spectacles because of long sightedness and then later on in life changing to hard contact lenses. Over recent years I have had problems with these lenses and being told by my optician that I also had cataracts he advised me to contact Mr Shafiq for a consultation.
During this consultation Mr Shafiq advised me that he could rectify my hypermetropia at the same time implanting new lenses to correct the cataracts. He explained everything with great clarity and answered all my queries to reassure me.
Over the next four weeks I had both eyes operated on successfully. The difference in brightness, colour and sharpness was outstanding. Previous to the operations it was like I was looking through a yellow/cream filter.
During the operations Mr Shafiq was so reassuring and has a fantastic personality that I would recommend him as a very professional and accomplished eye surgeon and have no reservations in recommending him to anyone who has any eye problems.
Thank you Mr Shafiq for changing my life for the better and making the world a brighter place.
James T October 2018
Many thanks to you and the team at the Nuffield in Jesmond, Newcastle for the care administered to my Mother during the past month as she went through Cataract Surgery on both eyes
Every stage of the process took place as described in the briefing notes
There were no surprises, no delays and most importantly due to your expertise we feel you have achieved exceptional results
Mother is now ‘two lines’ on the sight test chart better than she needs to be able to drive safely
Mum is 81 and now lives alone, your successful surgery has now extended her ‘independence horizon greatly’ and given her confidence a must needed boost
Your rapport with Mum made her relaxed at every stage of the process, you explained what you were doing in a manner that was both reassuring and informative as well as easy to understand
I’m sure your work gives you great satisfaction, it most feel so good to have such a positive impact on your patients’ lives and futures
Your great work has also impacted both mine and my Brothers lives’ in a positive way, we worry less about mum ‘stumbling around Northumberland’ not seeing where she is going clearly enough
Mum understands the is no requirement for prescription lenses for distance and that all she need is ‘readers’ we will let the surgery settle for a month and then think about an opticians appointment for appropriate reading glasses
A final anecdote for you, picture the scene…………..
I drive mum to the shops and say ‘I’ll wait in the car here for you,’ off she goes into the Co-op on Amble high street.
As I wait a car pulls in front of me and parks on the road side
I see Mum start to walk towards the car and before I can alert her she has opened the passenger door to the car in front of me and is sat looking at a complete stranger
I’m not sure who was more shocked her, him or me ! The fact that the car in front of mine was the same colour as mine had caused the confusion.
So…. As well as fixing Mums eyes you’ve reduced the possibility of random cardiac arrest for the drivers of Northumberland
Thanks again for your great work
James and Roddy M on behalf of Mrs Anne M.
I would just like to thank you for the Cataract Procedure you carried out for me.
I was completely blown away by the fact that the whole process of firstly enquiring about an operation, to being given a date for an assessment appointment to actually having the operation was all carried out within 3 weeks!
Having previously had a Cataract operation on my left eye I was left with Anisometropia. Because of that I could no longer see well enough to drive. As I live in a small rural village with no Public Transport this impediment was causing me a lot of problems.
I couldn’t believe the difference your help made to my long vision so quickly.
Having worn Varifocals for about 30 years I now only need glasses for reading! (Huge Bonus).
I am so happy with the outcome, especially the fact that you’ve given me back “My Wheels “!
I must also praise you for your Professionalism interspersed with your wicked sense of humour!
My thanks also go to your brilliant team who are very helpful, friendly and obviously share your sense of humour!
Dear Mr Shafiq,
I can’t thankyou enough for the complete transformation in my eye sight. Having been shortsighted for 60 years a grey “fog” also descended which affected my vision even more. Procedures to remove cataracts and insert lenses, one of which was toric, have been a great success. The two operations were only mildly uncomfortable during which Mr Shafiq explained the process. Very worthwhile indeed.
A couple of months ago the vision in my left eye became very blurred. So much so that it was seriously affecting my work and confidence in driving. Not good when I had planned a driving holiday in my camper van for the summer!
It turned out I had developed a cataract which was over the cornea. I had no idea of how long I would wait for NHS surgery therefore I began to look into private treatment and one name that leapt off the page was Mr Ayad Shafiq.
I contacted him and within two weeks my surgery was done. I am so pleased I took this route. I have an astigmatism and Mr Shafiq recommended a toric lense (which I believe is unavailable on the NHS) and the results are truly amazing.
I had been very scared and worried about the procedure and if anyone had told me that I would actually have a giggle in Theatre with Mr Shafiq and his team, I wouldn’t have believed them. However we did and I can honestly say it was a painless procedure.
Furthermore they all put me very much at ease and I can’t thank them enough. I will be returning very soon to have another toric lense fitted in my right eye.
Thank you Mr Shafiq and team. You said you would look after me and you certainly did. You have changed my life.
Lynda H. June 2018