Grandmother, 63, gets & # 39; shades & # 39; who act as sunglasses tattooed on her EYEBALLS

Grandmother, 63, gets & # 39; shades & # 39; who act as sunglasses tattooed on her EYEBALLS to protect her sensitive vision

  • Mandy Liscombe remained behind with sensitivity to light after laser eye surgery
  • She had problems for five years before meeting consultant Mario Saldanha
  • He offered to inject tattoo ink into the holes on her cornea to filter the light
  • Ms. Liscombe, who was barely able to drive earlier, said it & # 39; has changed her life & # 39;
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A grandmother had tattooed ink on her eyeballs to serve as sunglasses to protect her sensitive eyesight.

Mandy Liscombe, 63, is believed to be the first person to undergo the groundbreaking treatment at the NHS in Wales.

Mrs Liscombe has undergone laser surgery to treat glaucoma in the past, but an unusual side effect meant it hurt her eyes to look at the light.

Doctors tried different solutions, including colored contact lenses, but nothing was successful.

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Mrs. Liscombe met ophthalmologist consultant Mario Saldanha after five years of pain, and he offered to inject tattoo ink into the corneas of her eyes.

After the procedure at the Singleton Hospital in Swansea, Ms. Liscombe said that the effects & # 39; life-changing & # 39; goods.

Mandy Liscombe, 63, was the first to have tattoo ink injected into her eyes by eye doctor Mario Saldanha to act as sunglasses and protect her sensitive eyesight

Mandy Liscombe, 63, was the first to have tattoo ink injected into her eyes by eye doctor Mario Saldanha to act as sunglasses and protect her sensitive eyesight

Mr Saldanha created a pocket in the center of the cornea where Mrs. Liscombe underwent laser surgery. A layer of tattoo ink was then injected and the bag was closed as a filter

Mr Saldanha created a pocket in the center of the cornea where Mrs. Liscombe underwent laser surgery. A layer of tattoo ink was then injected and the bag was closed as a filter

Mr Saldanha created a pocket in the center of the cornea where Mrs. Liscombe underwent laser surgery. A layer of tattoo ink was then injected and the bag was closed as a filter

Mrs. Liscombe from Swansea said: & I became extremely light sensitive. It affected me when I watched TV or when I was in the theater or cinema.

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& # 39; Sometimes I felt it was not safe to drive in the dark. I drive early in the morning to go to work and I ride with the grandchildren.

& # 39; But when the headlights hit me, I really couldn't see it anymore. & # 39;

Mrs. Liscombe had previously undergone laser eye surgery to treat glaucoma – an accumulation of eye pressure that needs to be treated early to prevent damage or blindness.

WHAT IS CORNEAL TATTOOING?

Corneal tattooing is usually offered when the surface of the eye is uneven due to scarring, thinning, disease or birth defects, which affects vision.

Like Many Liscombe, it can be offered to reduce the symptoms associated with laser peripheral iridotomies (LPIs) – laser surgery for glaucoma.

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Contact lenses are a better option, but some people cannot tolerate them.

Sometimes cornea tattooing is for cosmetic reasons, such as to treat discoloration.

There are different methods nowadays and this is a challenging procedure.

In most cases, the ink is applied directly to the cornea.

But consultant Mario Saldanha, Spire Cardiff Hospital, said this method has temporary effects, because the cornea has no pigments to absorb the ink as the skin does.

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That is why he created a bag in the cornea where the ink is injected.

She then experienced unusual side effects from the operation, making her eyes very sensitive to light.

It started to affect her daily life because she felt unsafe to drive.

Other consultants suggested that she wear colored glasses, which made no difference, and then colored contact lenses that she could not tolerate.

After five years of problems, she was then referred to consultant Mario Saldanha, who is currently a consultant at Spire Cardiff Hospital.

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He explained that the problem was caused by the light coming into Mrs. Liscombe's eyes twice – through the pupils and through artificial openings caused by the laser procedure.

Saldanha said that surgeons traditionally used tattoo ink to block certain defects of the cornea, the clear front part of the eye.

But unlike the skin, the cornea has no pigment to absorb the ink, so it was always a temporary procedure that faded and had to be repeated.

Mr. Saldanha said: & # 39; For Mrs. Liscombe we used a small, precise scalpel to make a pocket in the center of the cornea where she had the laser.

& # 39; Then we applied a layer of tattoo ink and closed the bag.

& # 39; It's like having a filter in the clear window of her eye, but without affecting the colored area and maintaining the artificial opening. It worked immediately. & # 39;

Mrs. Liscombe & # 39; s first had the procedure in her right eye, the hardest hit, two years ago.

She said: & # 39; When the bandage was removed and my pupil was turned off again, it was immediately. It disappeared immediately.

& # 39; Mr. Saldanha thought it might compensate for the other eye, but it accentuated the problem because I still had a small eye.

& # 39; Now I have done that too and it is fantastic. & # 39;

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Since it was the first procedure of its kind in Wales, Mr Saldanha has since published an article about it so that other surgeons can adopt it.

This surgical procedure should not be confused with the cosmetic tattooing of the conjunctiva – the whites of the eyes.

This can be dangerous and can cause visual complications or even blindness, experts say.

WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?

Glaucoma is a condition that can affect vision, usually due to pressure build-up in the eye.

It often affects both eyes, usually to varying degrees. One eye can develop glaucoma faster than the other.

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The eyeball contains a fluid called aqueous fluid that is constantly produced by the eye, draining off excess tubes.

Glaucoma develops when the fluid cannot drain properly and the pressure builds up, the so-called intraocular pressure.

This can damage the optic nerve (which connects the eye with the brain) and the nerve fibers of the retina (the light-sensitive nerve tissue that runs along the back of the eye).

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In England and Wales, an estimated 500,000 people have glaucoma, but many more people may not know they have the condition. There are 60 million patients worldwide.

Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, laser treatment or surgery. But early diagnosis is important because any damage to the eyes cannot be reversed. The treatment is intended to keep the condition under control and to minimize future damage.

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If not treated, glaucoma can cause visual impairment. But if it is diagnosed and treated early enough, further vision damage can be prevented.

Source: NHS choices

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