Just months after a routine eye test at Specsavers in Bradford detected a sight-threatening detached retina in a Bradford man, a second eye test revealed he had developed the same condition in his other eye.
Bradford resident Roger Williams, 50, underwent the first eye test shortly after returning from a skiing holiday. He had experienced a sudden jolt while skiing but it was only a week after arriving home that he began to suffer with floaters, occasional moving green lights and slight shadows in his vision. To be safe, he decided to book in for an eye test at Specsavers.
Speaking about his visit to Specsavers, Roger said: ‘I didn’t think there was anything too alarming with my symptoms, but I thought it was worth popping into my local branch in Darley Street, to get it checked out.
‘The team did numerous tests on my eyes and then the optician told me that I needed to get to hospital immediately. I was sent to Bradford Royal Infirmary straight away where I promptly received very skilful surgery, under the expert care of Mr Mahomed and his team.’
Roger received emergency surgery to repair the damage and re-attach the retina to his right eye, which would prevent further damage and loss of sight.
Sight returned to normal
This proved extremely successful and his sight returned to normal, however, three months later Roger began to experience similar symptoms, but this time within his other eye.
Roger continued: ‘Three months after the surgery on my right eye I began to see a slight shadow in my left eye. The symptoms were milder than before, but after knowing what had happened earlier that year, I went and got them checked out straight away.’
After revisiting the Specsavers team in Darley Street, Roger was once again urgently referred to Bradford Royal Infirmary and received confirmation that his left retina had become detached from his eye. He received emergency surgery the next morning to repair the damage.
About retinal detachment
Michael Dearlove, optical director at Bradford Darley Street Specsavers, commented: ‘Retinal detachment occurs when the thin lining at the back of your eye called the retina begins to pull away from the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients. Without prompt treatment, it will lead to blindness in the affected eye.
‘People who are very short-sighted have the greatest risk of developing age-related retinal detachment because they are often born with a thinner than normal retina in the first place, however in Roger’s case, we believe it may have been caused by a sudden jolt on his skiing holiday.
‘We would advise anyone with new symptoms or changes to their vision, as experienced by Roger, to visit their opticians to get it investigated further. ‘It was very fortunate that he came in for an eye test when he experienced symptoms on both occasions, as his condition meant that he could have lost his sight at any moment, which could have potentially been irreversible. It’s extremely rare for both retinas to detach, so Roger has been very unlucky, but we’re pleased that his sight has now returned to normal.’
Better to be safe than sorry
Roger said: ‘Since my operations I have been urging anyone to visit a suitably qualified professional if they experience any problems whatsoever with their eyesight – no matter how trivial the symptoms may seem at the time.
‘We take our sight for granted, but it’s not until we are faced with losing it that we realise how precious it really is. I can’t thank the team at Specsavers and Mr Mahomed and his team at Bradford Royal Infirmary enough. They have quite literally saved my eyesight!’