What a big dif­fer­ence! Wil­frid, 100, can see

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dif­fer­ence to my life. He has done a good job on me!

“Be­fore the op­er­a­tion I strug­gled to recog­nise even old friends and that’s changed for the bet­ter now. I spend a lot of time read­ing too and I can make out the words a lot eas­ier too.”

Wil­frid’s grand­daugh­ter, Ruth Price, said: “His right eye was the worst so that one was op­er­ated on first and when it has all set­tled down he will be hav­ing a fur­ther op­er­a­tion on his left one.

“We are very grate­ful for An­to­nio’s care of him. My grandad is thrilled with what he has done. He had been look­ing for­ward to hav­ing it done for a while.”

An­to­nio said: “Al­though Wil­frid is of ad­vanced years the op­er­a­tion was not any more com­pli­cated than it would be for any­one else. He can cer­tainly see a lot bet­ter now than he did be­fore.”

And Wil­frid is not the old­est pa­tient An­to­nio has op­er­ated upon. When he was work­ing in Ten­nessee in 1998 he per­formed a life-chang­ing op­er­a­tion on a blind and deaf man aged 110 whose par­ents had been slaves.

An­to­nio, who has now notched up over 10,000 op­er­a­tions in a ca­reer that be­gan 42 years ago in 1975, said: “The man was com­pletely deaf and com­pletely blind. He was ef­fec­tively liv­ing on a sofa all day long. He could barely dis­tin­guish day from night.

“After the op­er­a­tion he was able to live a much more ac­tive life and could walk round his house and had sup­per by him­self. He could see the spoons and eat with­out help.”

Now com­ing to­wards the end of his ca­reer, An­to­nio who lived in Fixby for many years, says he will not be a con­sul­tant oph­thalmic sur­geon for Calderdale NHS Trust much longer.

The fa­ther of two grown-up daugh­ters said: “I have been here 13 years which is the long­est I have spent in any one place and I de­cided to go part-time a year ago. We have a house in Madrid where my wife Laura lives and I might still work on an ad hoc ba­sis as a locum when I re­turn there in the fu­ture.”

His love of na­ture and bi­ol­ogy is one of the rea­sons why he was drawn to a ca­reer in medicine.

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