Malcolm Darby, 70, has worn thick ‘jam jar’ glasses his whole life now has perfect vision following a massive stroke, it has emerged.
Retired architect Mr Darby, from Leicestershire, had worn spectacles since the age of two but was stunned when he came round after surgery to clear the blood clot causing his stroke, that he could see clearly without his glasses.
Mr Darby, now has better sight than the average 20-year-old having always said he was effectively as ‘blind as a bat’.
But he was stunned to come round from a life-saving two-hour operation to find he could see clearly for the first time in his life,
Mr Darby, a grandfather of four, said: “It’s absolutely amazing. I think what has happened is a miracle.
“I always tell people that as odd as it may sound, having a stroke was the best thing that happened to me.”
Malcolm suffered a major stroke on May 13 last year when he was working in his office at home in Oakham and managed to tell his wife Sylvia, 68, to dial 999 before he collapsed.
He was rushed to Kettering General Hospital for surgery where a two-hour operation was carried out to remove a blood clot that was blocking 80 per cent of his right carotid artery in his neck.
The blockage meant his brain was being starved of oxygen and his life was in danger.
The operation was successful and when Dr Darby woke from the anaesthetic he said he thought his vision had become even worse.
He said: “I was still a bit fuzzy from the surgery but reached for my glasses and put them on and I couldn’t see a thing.
“I thought, ‘oh no’ I’m going to have to spend more money on new glasses.
“Then when I took them off I noticed a nurse carrying a newspaper upside down and I could read what it said. It didn’t register at first and then suddenly I realised I could see.
“The stroke meant I couldn’t speak so I was pointing at things on the ward and shouting gibberish at people. I wanted to tell people I could see.
“Eventually a nurse gave me some paper and a pen and I wrote down that my sight was back.”
Mrs Darby said: “It’s amazing. He can read things I need glasses for. He only uses his reading glasses for very tiny print.
“After 50 years of marriage and seeing him wearing glasses every day, it’s strange to see him without them.
“He’s got better sight than most 20-year-olds.”
It is unclear why the stroke or the operation appears to have caused such a dramatic improvement in Mr Darby’s sight but doctors believe there may have been pressure on the optic nerve at the back of the eye which was relieved as the clot was cleared.