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The Eyes Have It.

by | Aug 16, 2017 | Business, Personal

In 1997 I suffered an eye injury when playing 5 a side football. The end result of which was a cataract, and ultimately a replacement lens in my right eye.

For 20 years I’ve been seeing through it without any difficulty until in September 2016 when I visited the optician for a regular check up. I was referred back to the eye hospital because there was a film deposited on the lens. One Monday in mid-August 2017 I had that film lasered off.

For most of the last couple of years, without realising the extent, I’ve been losing the sight in that right eye. Brains are wonderful, I’d been building a picture in my mind of what the world looked like through a combination of fuzzy right and shortsighted left. It’s not ideal. Only after a laser had cleaned the surface of the lens did the loss become clear. An afternoon walk allowed me to see depth at distance that’s been missing for a long time. Colours had hues and brilliance I’d forgotten could exist. So much so, that for a while I had to stop and let my mind catch up. I’m enjoying seeing clearly with the new found wonder of a child who first looks at the moon through a telescope. I know that wonder will fade, but I intend to enjoy it whilst its newness enthrals.

In business too, sometimes little things start clouding over, but the business masks the gradually changing view we have. We lose a bit of colour here, and the depth perception starts to fail at the edges, until one day the business we had is no longer there. Sometimes, you need an outsider just to peer in and see the clouds, to refer you to the right specialist who, with a targeted intervention, clears the mist. If you’ve been wondering why things aren’t quite as bright as they used to be, this may be that time for you.

When was the last time you had a proper business checkup?


  1. Charles

    HI William,
    Thanks for sharing – I had an eye check-up last week (ocular hypertension, which was diagnosed when I was 33 – half a lifetime ago). It looks as though I will need lazer surgery too, so its good to know that you have come out of your op with such improved vision. In my case, there will be no improvement, just a slower decline! But my fields of vision are not too bad as things stand. Fingers crossed.

  2. Stephen

    ‘Brilliant’ it all went well and things are clearer and brighter for you.
    Enjoyed reading the article.

  3. Hannah

    Now your golf will improve ….. or not :-(
    Glad to hear it was a success … see you soon (haha)

    • wmb

      Cheeky…. ;-)

  4. carole ann

    Glad to hear you are recovered and it was a success
    Carole Ann

  5. rory

    Great article…

    I trust you are well.

    Catch up soon


    Rory Woolridge Consultant


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