Jenny noticed her eye sight starting to weaken in late 2018. “It was quite traumatic... it became difficult to drive or even do household chores. It was like a fog,” says the grandmother, who ended up losing more than 50 per cent of her sight to macular scarring.
But with help from Epworth’s generous donor community, Jenny’s doctor, Epworth Ophthalmologist Dr Elvis Ojaimi, was able to fully restore Jenny’s sight.
Dr Ojaimi used a state-of-the-art OPMI Lumera 700 Microscope to access 3D imaging of Jenny’s eye in the operating theatre and make essential, real-time decisions and adjustments, such as conducting microscopic repairs to tears, holes and damage to the retina and macular.
The OPMI Lumera 700 Microscope is valued at more than $500,000 and was purchased by EMF for the Ophthalmology Department in 2019. Its real-time capabilities are a marked improvement on the previously available technology, which only allowed a 3D image of a patient’s eye to be taken before (not during) surgery. It meant that ophthalmic surgeons were only able to visualise the eye structures before surgery and had to determine the surgical plan ahead of time.
Having the OPMI Lumera 700 Microscope means that surgeons are now able to access 3D imaging of the eye in the operating theatre and make essential, real-time decisions and adjustments to ensure the best outcome for patients like Jenny, who was one of the first Epworth patients to undergo an operation using the microscope.
Jenny can now see clearly again. She can drive again, is able to look after her grandchildren, and says the difference has been life-changing. “I have my eyesight back now, maybe even better than I had it before! The difference is just amazing.”
“In real time, the OPMI Lumera 700 allows me to see things I can’t see with my own eyes. I can see every layer; every bit of abnormal tissue which allowed me to make microscopic repairs to Jenny’s eyes,” says Dr Ojaimi.
“Our remarkable Epworth donors helped Jenny get her vision back to over 100 per cent. Without their care and support, we couldn’t have purchased this microscope and Jenny’s future would have looked significantly different.”
I have my eyesight back now, maybe even better than I had it before! The difference is just amazing.