When Whatton resident Christopher Morley started to experience blurred vision, he thought it was about time he got his eyes tested, but did not appreciate that the symptom could be caused by a more serious health condition.
Mr Morley, 66, had been to Specsavers in the past so made an appointment at the local store on Eaton Place in Bingham.
He was seen by the store’s ophthalmic director Amit Rana, who after listening to Christopher’s symptoms carried out a full eye examination. This included taking some pictures of the back of his eyes using digital retinal photography (DRP).
These photos confirmed Amit’s concerns that Mr Morley had a bleed behind his eyes, so he referred him immediately to the Queen’s Medical Centre. After additional tests, the team told Christopher that a blood vessel had burst behind his right eye, which was most likely caused by high blood pressure.
“I had no idea I had high blood pressure,” said Mr Morley. “And, if it hadn’t been for the eye examination, I would never have known about it.
“Fortunately, I was able to visit my GP and get the appropriate medication so it’s now under control, but I’m very aware that if it hadn’t been picked up, the consequences could have been very serious indeed.”
After being referred to an eye specialist, Christopher received treatment that helped restore the vision in his one eye and is undergoing further injections into his other eye to hopefully do the same.
Research published by Specsavers and charity Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), shows one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime, despite at least half of all cases being avoidable. The statistics also show that 300 people in the UK start living with sight loss every day.
The optometrists at Specsavers Bingham have accreditations in minor eye conditions (MECs). It means the store can offer eye health services to help manage a number of eye conditions, allowing more people to be treated in store rather than having to go to their GP or hospital.
Anyone experiencing symptoms such as pain, redness or flashes of light in their vision can access these services.
“It’s good to hear that Mr Morley now has his blood pressure under control and is monitoring it closely,” said Amit.
“So many people don’t realise that an eye test isn’t just about assessing your vision and his story really helps demonstrate just that.
“We recommend that everyone has their eyes tested at least every two years, unless you are experiencing any symptoms or issues like Mr Morley’s, in which case you should visit your optician sooner.
“DRP is included as part of all our standard sight tests at no extra cost, and our store is open seven days a week, to help offer maximum convenience.”
To make an appointment call into the store at 13 Eaton Place, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8BD, call 01949 837808 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/bingham for more information.