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Electrician, 62, took his own life after eye surgery that 'left him with blurred vision'

An electrician killed himself after his corrective eye surgery allegedly left him with dry eyes and blurry vision. 

Paul Dance, 62, didn't like wearing glasses and paid £6,990 to have new lenses surgically put into his eyes in January. 

But the surgery didn't seem to work and Mr Dance began complaining of dry eyes and blurred vision. 

He was found dead at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, where he worked, on July 4. 

Mr Dance left four suicide notes which focused on anxiety over his apparent failed eye surgery.   

Paul Dance (pictured with his partner Denise Phillips), 62, didn't like wearing glasses and paid £6,990 to have new lenses surgically put into his eyes

His partner of more than 18 years, Denise Phillips, a district nurse, said he began to obsess over his eyes and feared he wouldn't be able to perform his job properly. 

Mr Dance said he started seeing haloes which he couldn't distinguish from street lights after his surgery.

Ms Phillips told the BBC: 'I hope that we can make people aware of this. I just want people to be aware of the dangers so that Paul's life is not in vain.' 

Campaigner Sasha Rodoy said it is more common than one might think to suffer from eye surgery. 

Mr Dance (pictured with Ms Phillips) left four suicide notes which focused on anxiety over his apparent failed eye surgery

She is campaigning for further regulation in the industry.  

Just two years ago a US TV presenter killed herself after she too struggled with the side effects of corrective eye surgery. 

Fox weather presenter, Jessica Starr, 35, a married mother-of-two, took her own life less than nine weeks after she had laser eye surgery. 

Her family say they are convinced that complications from the surgery drove her to suicide.   

For confidential support call Samaritans on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org  

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