EastEnders favourite June Brown has had her sight saved – thanks to a revolutionary eye operation lasting just 60 seconds. The Dot Branning actress has become one of the first patients to undergo the Eyemax Mono technique to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

AMD means that the eye is no longer able to see fine details either in close range or from far away. June, 90, told the Sunday Express : “I can see people’s faces and recognise my children again. I can now distinguish colours and the pattern on a rug that I couldn’t see before. I can read again and I don’t think I would be able to see at all if I hadn’t had the operation.”

June was diagnosed over ten years ago and had developed an advanced stage of the disease. Last year, viewers watched her EastEnders character struggle with losing her sight too after being diagnosed with the same condition. The procedure, which can take up to five minutes but which was achieved in just 60 seconds with June, will be made available to eye surgeons across the UK and 25 countries in Europe next week.