A local man is raising awareness after a referral to hospital by Specsavers in Melton Mowbray led to the life-saving treatment of his transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

Close call

Terry Humm, 57, of Melton Mowbray, has been a regular patient at the store since it opened in the town more than 20 years ago. When he was driving for a day out at Burghley Horse Trials on Saturday 3 September, his eyesight suddenly became blurred with very pronounced double vision.

‘My sudden onset of double vision made it very difficult to drive,’ said Terry. ‘The single lane traffic became two distinct lines of cars. Luckily, my wife was with me at the time and was able to take over.’

On returning to Melton, he immediately called the team at Specsavers for a second opinion, and was referred by dispensing optician Sam Stirton straight to Leicester Royal Infirmary’s eye casualty for further analysis. He was seen less than an hour later by an eye consultant who diagnosed him with a suspected blood clot. 

Quick action 

Mr Humm was sent home to rest and returned to the hospital later that week for an MRI scan, blood tests and a neck ultrasound which confirmed the diagnosis as a TIA – or ‘mini stroke’. TIA is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain which results in a lack of oxygen to the brain. Often they are the precursor warning before a more major attack, but luckily in Mr Humm’s case, this was prevented by quick diagnosis. 

‘I would like to thank Specsavers and Leicester Royal Infirmary for their prompt attention which resulted in a very quick turnaround from referral to treatment,’ said Terry.

Store director Marshall Bradley commented: ‘We’re so relieved that Terry’s case was treated so successfully. After a quick reaction from him to call us, through our specialist expertise we were able to identify a more major problem behind his symptoms and get him into hospital within an hour. 

‘In this instance, Terry didn’t experience any symptoms or discomfort leading up to the episode, and we had years of detailed patient notes to quickly identify this was out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, it is all-too-common that we think everything is healthy because we don’t have any obvious symptoms to tell us otherwise, and it’s only a routine check-up that tells the whole picture.

‘This just highlights the vital importance of having regular eye tests. We recommend that as a minimum, you should have your eyes checked every two years. These not only provide a prescription check, but also help us monitor general eye health to track any changes and identify problems as quickly as possible.’

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