St. Theresa's Eye Clinic, Manzini, Swaziland
MBChB, FCS (SA), FRCSEd, CertLRS, PgDipCRS
"In 1991 I restored the sight of a tractor driver in a hospital in Mdantsane, South Africa. He didn't see the fence at the end of the field because of his cataracts and he drove his tractor through it. I went on to treat many other blind people who couldn't harvest their crops, look after orphaned grandchildren or contribute to their families or the community. They had lost their independence and their self-respect. Cataract surgery restored their sight and transformed their lives from despair to dignity. And I decided that restoring sight was what I wanted to commit my career to."
"I have now treated many thousands of patients in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond, been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Ophthalmology and have further postgraduate qualifications from Ulster University and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. I’ve written chapters on cataracts in Ophthalmology textbooks and have been invited to share my knowledge with surgeon colleagues at surgeon conferences in the UK and many other countries. And I've appeared on BBC 1, ITV and in leading UK newspapers."
"In the UK people usually want more than clear sight with their glasses after cataract surgery. I have further qualifications and more than 20 years of experience in refractive surgery (surgery to improve vision without glasses) so I can choose the best vision solution for my cataract patients to make people as free from glasses as possible after cataract surgery."
"And I haven’t forgotten where my story began. I return regularly to Africa and work with the amazing, dedicated team at the Good Shepherd Eye Hospital in rural Swaziland near the Mozambique border."
From Mark Wevill
From Mark Wevill