I have always been short sighted and have worn glasses since primary school. Without them blurred was normal. Blurred with them meant a stronger prescription.
Fast forward fifty years and I was told I had cataracts and handed an even stronger prescription. Three years later no glasses would give me the vision needed to carry out everyday activities.
By chance I learned on the internet about a talk Mr Shafiq was giving ,and went more to find out about my condition than for any other reason.
After finding out that:
a)I could be treated quickly,
b) a highly skilled and rated surgeon would be seeing me throughout and
c) my astigmatism would be corrected as well so the hated glasses would be a thing of the past
I decided to self refer.
It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
To say I was terrified would be an understatement (I had never even contemplated laser surgery for that reason).
However, Mr Shafiq’s manner and explanations before, during and after the procedures made the whole experience as comfortable as possible.
I will never forget that eureka moment when removing the patch after the first operation -I never realised it was possible to see so far and so clearly. Now the whole world looks better, brighter, clearer.
I genuinely believe that not only my eyesight but also my physical and mental health have improved, and it is still early days.
Thank you for everything, Mr Shafiq.