Letter: Loss of sight because Kelowna does no eye surgery

I was driven to Vancouver, had my surgery and the surgeon told me I was OK to travel back over the Coquihalla: Bad advice.

To the editor:

I read the letter to the editor by Tasha McAdams in Kelowna. [Kelowna Needs ER Eye Surgery Service, June 214, Capital News.]

I had eye problems last year, spent 3/4 of a day at KGH Emergency and after various tests was told I couldn’t be helped in Kelowna. Doctors told me the same story, as mentioned in the letter to the editor, that I had to get to Vancouver ASAP or I would get a detached retina and lose my sight.

Long story short, I was driven to Vancouver, had my surgery and the surgeon told me I was ok to travel back over the Coquihalla.

Bad advice—high altitude caused a stroke in my eye and I lost most of my sight in the eye. Drive to and from Vancouver, Motels other expenses spending a few days in the Lower Mainland waiting for examination and surgery—not great. Losing most of my vision in one eye—not acceptable.

Makes me wonder how many other patients from the Interior have to go to Vancouver because KGH doesn’t provide operating rooms. It’s bad enough if they have to spend time and money in the Lower Mainland—speaking for myself I would gladly pay to get my sight back. Unfortunately it’s too late.

K. Peter Lepold, Kelowna