Colin Coleman

Colin Coleman

Colin Coleman, 32, says his life has been changed by the Visumax SMILE procedure carried out by one of the country’s leading eye specialists, Professor Johnny Moore, at Cathedral Eye Clinic. The VisuMax laser is the latest third generation laser technology and is currently the only one on the island of Ireland. The VisuMax SMILE procedure at the Cathedral Eye Clinic is a minimally invasive, flapless procedure that combines the advantages of previous generations of laser eye procedures. As a result, there is less incidence of dry eye and other postsurgical effects. The overall treatment is gentle and visual recovery takes just 24 to 48 hours. “It is like driving a convertible car for the first time. It is just fantastic. I’m so glad I had the treatment,” said Colin.

First Signs

Colin says he first noticed his eyes starting to deteriorate when he was aged just 11. “I used to sit at the back of the class and was copying work off my mates simply because I couldn’t read the blackboard. “The result was that I failed my maths exam and so I ended up having to get glasses. “Over the years my eyesight steadily got worse and with every appointment at the opticians I was getting stronger and stronger lenses. I was worried that I would end up with big milk bottle lenses.’’

Further Deterioration

With his eyesight gradually deteriorating through growing astigmatism in his eyes and short sightedness, Colin was finding that he wasn’t enjoying his outdoor pursuits of hiking, trekking, swimming, cycling and triathlon just as much as he used to. “I would be out sea swimming with my friends without my glasses on and they would say that ‘we will use the white house over there as our shoreline mark’. I was saying to myself: what white house? I can’t see any white house! “So all I could do was to tuck in behind another swimmer, follow him and hope for the best.
Without my glasses on, I basically couldn’t see five or six metres away. In the swimming pool, I couldn’t even see the clock when I was doing my lengths.’’

The Expert Solution

Colin said he had been considering having laser eye treatment for a number of years but didn’t believe it would work for him. He had previously been told that his eyes were too far gone for a corrective laser procedure. That was until one day in the North Coast when he bumped into Andrew Spence, principal optometrist at the Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast. “He told me to come to Belfast and see Professor Moore for a chat and see what he could do for me. “Professor Moore is the best in his field and he told me about the new Visumax SMILE technology he had installed. He examined my eyes and said he could fix the problem that was there. Basically, my pupils were rugby shaped instead of being oval shaped like a football. “I was booked in and the whole procedure lasted no more than 20 minutes. I didn’t feel the laser, I didn’t even see the laser. “The only way I can describe it is that you feel a wee bit of pressure, that’s all it is. There is no pain during or after. “I remember sitting up afterwards and Professor Moore had a German guy with him and I could see every single stripe on his shirt. I just thought: ‘Wow! This is amazing.’’’ Within one day of the treatment, Colin says he was back treating his patients at his Causeway Physio Clinic in Coleraine. “I had the treatment on the Wednesday, I took the Thursday off to recover and Friday I was back at work. “I didn’t really know what to fully expect from the treatment but the results have just been absolutely fantastic.

Life Changing Results

“I don’t have to wear my glasses anymore
when I am out cycling. I no longer see the side arm of the frame when I turn my head. “One of the greatest benefits has been the improvement in my night time vision. It was amazing. “I compete in triathlons and with the open water swimming element of the competitions; it will make such a difference. “Before, when I put the goggles on, I was essentially blind. Now I can see the markers on land; monitor for riptides and currents – it has improved my performance and safety whilst in the water.” “I can see everything just so clearly. It is such a great feeling. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Cathedral Eye Clinic – the experience from start to finish has been first class.”

Pinnacle of Eye Care

Cathedral Eye Clinic are the first clinic in the island of Ireland to boast the new VisuMax procedure. The technology is part of the £2 million investment that has seen the completion of a brand new clinic on Academy Street in Belfast. Professor Moore, Clinical Director of the Clinic said “The aim of the new clinic is to provide the pinnacle of ophthalmic care within the island of Ireland by providing unparalleled expertise and an extensive range of eye treatments.” Commenting after the treatment Professor Moore said “I am delighted for Colin. This sort of procedure, though quick and painless, makes such a difference to people’s lives, none more so than those involved in sport. They really appreciate the difference it makes to their lives. “I am seeing more and more sports people and people leading active lives in the clinic. This procedure is giving these people back their edge.”

For further information or to book a suitability appointment for this procedure call Cathedral Eye Clinic on +44 (0)28 9032 2020 or by email to [email protected]

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