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MEMBERS NEWS - Local Specialist Eye Hospital Helps Olympic Mentor After Near Miss

22 Apr 2015

Poole man, Bernie Shrosbree - the professional sports mentor and high performance coach - almost collided with a car due to his poor vision.  The frightening experience made him realise his eyesight had to be corrected.

Bernie, aged 55, has trained Olympic rower James Cracknell, TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle, as well as Olympic three day eventer Andrew Nicholson.

He said: “I was out on my road bike with my son and pulled out of a junction, narrowly missing a car. I simply had not seen it! It was quite a defining moment and I knew something had to be done about my sight.”

He explains that at this stage in his career he needs to be at the top of his game – and part of that is having perfect vision and not having to worry about reading and seeing. Never again did he want to go to do a presentation and realise he had no glasses and could not read anything!

Bernie then discovered ClarivuTM permanent lens replacement which is available at Optegra Solent Eye Hospital, based in Whiteley.

He says: “Being involved in sport and coaching makes strong demands on my vision, like reading a map on my mountain bike, navigating in a kayak in the rain, to reading Garmin data. Or simply the phone ringing and not being able to see who is calling. Clarivu really has been life-changing for me in my career and has taken out so much stress.”

Clarivu is the Optegra brand name for its individually tailored, consultant-led vision correction (or Refractive Lens Exchange – RLE) package. RLE is a proven and permanent lens replacement procedure that could eliminate or reduce your dependence on glasses and prevent or remove cataracts.

Bernie described the procedure as very relaxed, quick and he felt very well briefed on the recovery process. He was amazed the next morning to be able to read a text from his daughter – the first time he had ever done so without putting glasses on first!

Ophthalmic surgeon Mr Robert Morris treated Bernie at Optegra Solent Eye Hospital, and said: “We are always keen to meet individual patient’s needs – some for example want vision sharp enough to thread a needle while others want to be able to watch TV without glasses. For Bernie, there was such a vital need to have excellent vision, both to ease the visual demands of his career and also to increase his enjoyment of sports in his leisure time. I am so pleased that he is delighted with the outcome.”

In his 33rd year as an athlete, Bernie’s high profile career has been as varied as training the Red Bull F1 team to coaching sports performance for kids at BCS school in Bournemouth...anything from private jets to mini buses!

Optegra Solent Eye Hospital is a specialist provider of ophthalmic services, offering state-of-the-art equipment and leading surgeons in five-star patient facilities.

To find out more or for a free Clarivu consultation please contact Optegra on 0808 231 4489 or visit