On 'The Wright Stuff' tv show today, panel guest Tamer Hassan read a newspaper item & immediately said "sorry about the glasses" when he'd finished reading. Why is it necessary to apologise for wearing glasses?
Loss of contrast sensitivity is a huge problem for me; not only does it make detail disappear in anything but the best light conditions, it also drains colour from your world. I was not warned that most treated eyes (lasik/lasek), lose some contrast sensitivity, and that in some cases the loss can be severe, and Optimax played down what this loss actually does to your eyesight. They never explained that this could leave everything around you looking pale and washed out in bright light, and that colours look far more grey in poor light than before they f*cked up your eyes. In fact I used to see really well in the dark, but now I'm only able to see objects as black lumps in the dark.
Talk about playing down the risks and possible severity of loss of contrast sensitivity. This is from the Glossary of Terms on the Optimax website:
The ability of a person with normal visual acuity to see fine details is determined by his or her contrast sensitivity. Contrast sensitivity is the reciprocal of the smallest contrast for which a person can see a sine-wave grating. A person's contrast sensitivity function is contrast sensitivity as a function of spatial frequency. Normally, peak contrast sensitivity is at about 4 cycles per degree of visual angle. At higher spatial frequencies, comprising finer and finer lines, contrast sensitivity decreases, until at about 40 cycles per degree even the brightest of bright lines and the darkest of dark lines cannot be seen.
The high spatial frequencies in an image give it its fine details. Reducing the contrast of an image reduces the visibility of these high spatial frequencies because contrast sensitivity for them is already poor. This is how a reduction of contrast can reduce the clarity of an image—by removing its fine details."
I was waiting to go into a meeting this afternoon when a small dot suddenly appeared in my right eye. I moved my eye around thinking it was a piece of fluff or dust.
Lady Gaga was performing on the video screen opposite me, and for a few seconds I thought perhaps I was simply seeing a reflection of the wild colours she was wearing, and I'd also seen a small flash of light from the side of my eye.
Then I realised it was a floater, and as I moved my eye around attempting to dislodge it the shape simply got bigger and uglier, branching out until it was like looking at a sludgy coloured tentacled creature taking up most of my field of vision!
Now I was panicking!
I quickly called one of the many ophthalmic surgeons I know - so relieved when he answered - and told him what had happened. Just as he asked me if I was also seeing flashes of light, I did - like having a camera flashgun going off at the side of my face!
Very scared I asked what it might be, and he said possibly PVD (Posterior Vitreous Detachment) and told me to get to A&E at Moorfields Eye Hospital without delay.
I was already worried that it might be a retinal detachment, and knowing as much as I do about the serious problems that can occur anytime after laser surgery I was by now terrified!
By the time I reached Moorfields I was in tears and almost hysterical!
I was seen immediately - and did later apologise to the triage nurse I threatened to sue if she didn’t get me to a surgeon instead of wasting time taking my details first!
Two hours and many tests later, by which time the flashes had stopped and the floaters gone, it was confirmed that I didn’t have PVD, or a detached retina, I had suffered a ‘Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion’.
In laymans terms this was described as being like a heart attack in the eye, and since hearing the diagnoses, the surgeon who initially advised me to go to Moorfields has told me that this is not good, that I need to stay calm to keep my blood pressure down.
I’ve been referred to my local hospital for cardiovascular and other checks, and to a retinal specialist at Moorfields next month to find out what caused this.
I know that I push myself too hard, am under a lot of stress, and need to ease up on the hours I work - says me straight to my office after getting back from the hospital, still with my coat on at 9.40pm - but it could be a real heart attack next time!
So if I’m slower than usual with responses you'll understand why, because I've still got a lot of work to do and need to stay healthy to do it!
Meanwhile, a big thank you to everyone at Moorfields, I'm so lucky that I was able to be treated there! And, reassuring to note that almost every one who looked after me wore glasses, including the consultant Renata Puertas!
Trial date confirmed, 12 June 2017 @ Central London High Court in the Strand.
And it promises to be more entertaining than the Trump vs Clinton show
Originally scheduled for 31 January 2017, the Optical Express vs Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers Ltd) trial was delayed due to the Claimant’s reluctance to disclose information, which resulted in a Court application heard on 16 November 2016 - see history for details.
Quote from Mrs Justice Davies,
‘This is a case of such magnitude, one of its like that has not been seen in front of the libel courts for many years’ [claim value £21.5 million]
Provisionally listed for three weeks, the length of the trial is still a matter of dispute, because OE keep adding to the number of witnesses they want to call!
At the 16 November hearing Mrs Justice Davies told OE’s counsel that most of their witnesses could provide written statements, but of course the Defendants may then need to cross examine them in person, hence adding time - and yawns from the gallery, as no doubt the witnesses' evidence will be as boring as Tweedledum’s repetitive letters to damaged patients claiming that they have 20:20 vision and there’s nothing wrong with them!
Smoke and mirrors from OE methinks!
It’s obvious whose side I’m on, not least because it was me who gave the original MPlus X lens story to Observer/Guardian journalist Daniel Boffey, picked up by the Sun and Daily Mail the following day.
But I can’t take credit for this: it was entirely thanks to the selflessness of one man, who put his career on the line when he gave me this info and agreed to speak out publicly!
Whatever the outcome of the trial, the guaranteed media storm will highlight the scandal of this unregulated industry!
And it's also a chance for CEO David Moulsdale and cohorts to meet & greet many of OE's damaged patients in person!