PRUH leads the way caring for learning disability patients

20 June 2018 - New video shows how the ophthalmology team cared for a patient who needed cataract surgery

Exterior of the front of Princess Royal University Hospital

Leanne is a young woman with Down’s syndrome and learning disabilities. She had previously been denied life-changing cataract surgery but with the support of a charity eye care advisor and eye specialists at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), she received the operation she needed and her life has been transformed.

Howard Bunting, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the PRUH who supported Leanne, said, “People with learning disabilities are more likely to have sight problems such as cataracts and I am delighted that we were able to make the reasonable adjustments that Leanne needed to have successful surgery.

“I would urge all eye care professionals to watch Leanne’s film so that more people with learning disabilities can benefit from the life-changing eye surgery they need.

Ray, Leanne’s father, added, “When Leanne’s eye problems began, it had a huge impact on her life but with the right support, Leanne was able to have successful cataract surgery.

"Eye surgery has improved Leanne’s vision significantly and transformed her life, she is a different person now. I just want other people with learning disabilities to have the same support as Leanne so they don’t have to live their lives with avoidable sight loss."

Leanne's story is available to watch on YouTube.


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