The Feel of Light
Treatment in London will save Sasha Privalov
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My son has an inherited cataract (phacoscotasmus) of both eyes. His own crystalline lenses were removed and he has got implanted artificial lenses, but later they were also removed, because my son’s vision was deteriorating. Operation followed one after the other, but the situation only was getting worse. Last year he got severe detachment of the retina. After another surgical intervention Sasha became blind. None of the clinics wanted to admit us and only because of your help we got to London. Thank you very much for it! An amazing doctor conducted a full examination and offered a treatment for the right eye, but he did not recommend to touch the left eye at that time, because it had an atrophied optic nerve. Sasha recovered very quickly after the operation. He started to have a sensation of light, to see outlines of object, he can go through the door and along the corridor and distinguish objects on the table. He can see houses and trees outside. But his vision is just at its start, we need to finish the treatment of the right eye. We are asking your help again! Marina Privalova, St. Petersburg.
Consultant ophthalmologist, the surgeon of Royal Free London Hospital Riaz Asaria (London, UK): “Sasha is going to have a second stage of the operation. We injected silicone oil before, which has pinned the retina. Now we have to make an additional procedure to remove this oil. Hopefully, retina is fixed and it will not detach”.
Sasha Privalov returned home after successful treatment undertaken at Royal Free London Hospital (London). Doctors conducted the final surgery for the retina. They removed the remaining oil and they also performed laser cauterization. Part of the retina has completely attached to the eye wall, so Sasha still has a sensation of light and he can now walk independently around the room.Sasha’s mother, Marina, thanks the audience of Channel One and the readers of Rusfond for their help.