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'Blind' man is back driving again

Nigel Cook
Mr Cook of Steeple Ashton had been registered blind for five years

A Wiltshire man who was registered as blind for five years is back driving a car after a pioneering breakthrough.

Nigel Cook from Steeple Aston had been suffering from a condition which obscured his central field of vision with a dark fog.

After an operation placing new lenses in his eyes, Mr Cook has had his vision and driving licence restored.

"Driving again is the icing on the cake - to drive my wife about and to pick up the kids is a big difference," he said.

A man who was registered as blind is back driving a car again

The symptoms first appeared in Mr Cook's right eye 11 years ago, but he was still able to work as a policemen although he had to take a desk job.

But when his left eye deteriorated his life changed dramatically and he was forced to retire.

It was a chance internet discovery that led to his treatment. Intraocular plastic lenses act like binoculars which allow him to see through the dark fog.

He said: "I went to my son's sports day once and that was difficult because I couldn't really tell which one was him.

"There were occasions where I would walk towards the wrong child at school and it was difficult."



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