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Schoolboy receives pioneering eye op

15th May 2009

A young boy in Wales who suffers from a degenerative eye condition is recovering after receiving eye implants at Swansea's Singleton Hospital.


Daniel Beresford, who is 11 years old, had misshapen corneas caused by Keratoconus. His condition had become worse as he grew older and was affecting his school work.

Surgeon Mohammed Muhtaseb said Daniel's corneas were growing to become rugby ball shaped, rather than being shaped like a football.

Although this happens more regularly in adults, Mr Muhtaseb said it was uncommon in children.

"The concern was that scans of the cornea were showing marked deterioration, meaning the cornea was becoming increasingly pointed," he added.

He decided to use implants known as IntraCorneal Ring Segments (INTACS) - which had never before been used on a child in the UK - because Daniel's vision "had deteriorated so much it was almost essential".

The surgery took around 20 minutes per eye and involved the placement of the implants in the cornea to make the pointy tips flat and to add thickness to the outside edge.

Mr Muhtaseb added: "The procedure went well. Within three weeks Daniel's vision was back to almost driving standard and the latest checks show he's making good progress."

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