Glaucoma sufferers in Halifax will now have access to state-of-the-art treatment after Calderdale Royal Hospital were given the go-ahead to buy a new laser.
Two years after the Aye Eye charity raised more than £40,000 to buy a glaucoma laser for patients in West Yorkshire, the hospital’s eye clinic has purchased its own thanks to funding from the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Nitin Anand said: “The laser has been very useful and has helped us in treating our glaucoma patients.
“The Trust has responded to our good results and sanctioned the purchase of another laser, meaning patients in Halifax will not need to travel to Huddersfield for treatment.
“Eye drops are usually the first treatment prescribed but can cause irritation and redness of the eye.
“But the treatment reduced eye pressure by 20 per cent among the first 125 patients who were treated with this laser.”
Vera Parojcic, who founded the Aye Eye charity, said: “We’re delighted how wonderful an impact the laser is having on new patients.
“The fact Dr Anand has been given the money to buy another laser just proves how good it really is.
“We want to thank all the wonderful people who have supported Aye Eye over the years.
“I’ve discovered Dr Anand will be leaving Calderdale, which is a real shame and he will be sadly missed as he has made such a difference to so many people’s lives.”