The widow of a former nurse who was blinded in a vision surgery is speaking out after she claimed she had “finally got my sight back”.
Linda Aulds told the BBC she felt “like I was a dead woman” after the operation.
Ms Auld, now 80, said she was left with “feverish, throbbing eyes”.
“I thought it was over and I just wanted to go home,” she said.
“I felt like I was dying, like I couldn’t move.”
The surgery was a routine procedure to remove blood vessels in her eye.
Ms Bledsoe said she had no idea she had been blinded when her vision was severely affected.
“There was a big, huge, red dot in the centre of my left eye,” she told the broadcaster.
I felt like a dead man.” “
The doctor said, ‘Oh, it’s a cataract’.” “I just thought I had fainted.
I felt like a dead man.”
Ms Alds has now become a vocal advocate for the use of artificial vision and is speaking to the BBC about her experience.
She said she feared the operation was a result of her age.
“They were very good about that,” she added.
“My mum was just as shocked as I was when I found out.”
Auld’s story is one of many of the many cases of blinding in the UK, with the number of cases in 2017 estimated to be more than 200,000.
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists estimates the total number of eye injuries and deaths to be around 1.3 million.
But despite the high number of reported cases, a lack of awareness and awareness of the procedure is one major reason why so many people are left blind.
“We’re seeing so many cases where people are having vision loss, blindness, and the majority of people are unaware of the need for this,” Dr Matt Gatt said.
Dr Gatt is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales and the Royal College for Optometry in Sydney.
He said the majority would be unaware of any possible risk to their vision, and that the “possibility of vision loss in certain cases is very low”.
“The problem is people are very reluctant to get this surgery,” he said.
He added that patients often “feel really guilty” for not being informed of the risks.
“But they are so ashamed they will do anything to not be blind.”