Grandfather thanks pioneer for saving sight
A grandfather has recalled what it was like to be one of the first people to have modern cataract surgery at St Thomas’ Hospital in the 1950s.
Saturday 8 February marked the 70th anniversary of the first successful lens implant operation, which was developed by Sir Harold Ridley, an ophthalmologist at St Thomas’ Hospital. His medical breakthrough has saved the sight of more than 200 million people across the world.
Jeffrey Wright, 80, was one of the first patients operated on by Sir Harold in 1956. He says: “Sir Harold was a brilliant surgeon. I would have completely lost my vision in my right eye without him.”