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Schofield undergoes pioneering eye surgery

Philip Schoefield in hospital with doctors
Philip Schoefield in hospital with doctors Image credit: cornwalllive.com

Philip Schofield has undergone surgery on his right eye to remove “terrible floaters” which he says  "blighted my otherwise brilliant eyesight."

The procedure follows similar surgery Schofield had on his left eye in July.

Last year he had to take time out from his presenting role on ITV’s This Morning because the eye condition was so “debilitating”.

Philip, 60, gave his Instagram an update on Friday uploading a picture of himself at the hospital where he thanked the staff.

He captioned the image saying:  "Now my right eye is done!

"Thank you Prof Stanga & his amazing time. If the success of my summer is to be 'floater' free, that's good enough for me.”

In July Schofield went public with his condition, which causes people to see small dark dots, squiggly lines, rings or cobwebs in their eyes, revealing he was receiving “pioneering” treatment to remove the floaters.

At the time he said: "Firstly, no part of my treatment and surgery was gifted and I wasn’t asked to post. It is also pioneering and costly.

"It was carried out by Prof Stanga at The Retina Clinic in London. I had Elective limited pars plana vitrectomy surgery. It didn’t hurt!

"If you have been told ‘just live with them’ that is not necessarily true, I’m sure there are exceptions, but they can be fixed.

"A full vitrectomy will usually cause a cataract quite soon after, a limited vitrectomy won’t.

"Prof Stanga and his team are leading the field here in the UK in this and other retinal treatments with state of the art equipment and rigorous pre op consultation and post op aftercare."

Schofield went on to explain problems caused by the conditions. He wrote: "These floaters have literally blighted my otherwise brilliant eyesight.

“For the first time in many years, right now, I’m looking at a clear blue sky, it is mood/mind and life changing for me.

"People who don’t have terrible floaters won’t understand what they do to your head and until now they really haven’t been taken seriously.

"Today I have a blood shot eye that will last 2 weeks and an intense regime of eye drops for a month… but my floaters are 100% gone.

"I reiterate, this wasn’t in any way gifted and I wasn’t asked to post, but I’m happy to promote British medical innovation.

"Again it is pioneering and expensive, hopefully the more it’s done, the sooner the price will reduce. Hope that answered the many questions I’ve been asked in the last 24 hours xx”

Schofield was the first person in the UK to undergo the pioneering treatment. In October 2020, he said: "I have debilitating eye floaters, and funnily enough, I had a person who is on the TV contact me the other day and said, 'I heard you've got floaters, what do you do?'

"I am at the cutting edge of all this, let me tell you, because the only way to treat them is a vitrectomy, where they suck the jelly out of your eye.

"Within twelve months you get a cataract, so they are trying to pioneer a half vitrectomy, which started in America – see I know a lot about this!

You have half the vitrectomy, takes the floaters out, but you don't get a cataract.

"And I am hoping I might be the first person in the country to get this."

Phillip  Schofield took up the position of bookings clerk and tea boy for BBC Radio at Broadcasting House in London.