Eyes of world on Leeds as pioneering laser implant surgery saves people’s sight

Consultant opthalmic surgeon James Ball with patient (right) Sam Allen, who has undergone laser eye surgery at Leeds St Jamess Hospital. Picture by Graham Lindley.

Consultant opthalmic surgeon James Ball with patient (right) Sam Allen, who has undergone laser eye surgery at Leeds St Jamess Hospital. Picture by Graham Lindley.

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Pioneering implants using surgical lasers at a Leeds hospital are saving the sight of young adults across Yorkshire.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has revolutionised the treatment of the progressive eye condition keratoconus, which mainly affects people in their twenties.

Moosa Aswat who is receiving pioneering laser implant treatment for an eye condition at Leeds St James's Hospital. Picture by Graham Lindley.
Moosa Aswat who is receiving pioneering laser implant treatment for an eye condition at Leeds St James's Hospital. Picture by Graham Lindley.

The condition, which weakens the shape of the cornea and can lead to blindness, is more common among the Asian population and affects around one in 1,000 people in Yorkshire – double the rate nationally.

 

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