Last week, BBC Radio 3 explored the fascinating sounds from an operating theatre during sight-saving surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
In the latest episode of ‘Between the Ears’, Miss Louisa Wickham, a consultant eye surgeon at Moorfields Private, talks about the different sounds patients might hear during retinal detachment surgery. This is a procedure to re-attach or fix the retina – the light sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye.
The programme was presented by the writer Ken Hollings who underwent surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital for a detached retina. Against the backdrop of sounds from live surgery, Louisa explains the different steps she performed during the procedure.
The radio programme was recorded using two microphones to pick up sounds in the same way the human ears do. When listening through headphones, it offers an immersive experience which feels as though you’re inside the operating theatre.
Listen to ‘Between the Ears’ on BBC IPlayer.