Thanks to a trip to Specsavers in Melton Mowbray, a local woman’s sight was saved.
Pauline Skipworth, aged 55, visited the store after experiencing flashing lights and floaters in her right eye. Having worn specs for most of her life and regularly visiting the opticians, she didn’t think it was anything too serious.
‘I just called into Specsavers in Melton and when they heard what my symptoms were, I was seen immediately,’ said Pauline. ‘I was seen by a very friendly and professional member of staff who made me feel at ease.’
Dilraj Gumber, optometrist director at Specsavers in Melton Mowbray, noticed tears in the back of Pauline’s right eye during her eye examination so referred her to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where she was diagnosed with retinal tears.
‘I cannot praise the team highly enough,’ continued Pauline. ‘Dilraj managed to get me an emergency appointment at the hospital that same afternoon. I’m so grateful to the team at Specsavers for their exceptional service and quick referral.’
Following laser eye surgery, and regular treatments, Pauline’s symptoms have improved. Although she still experiences floaters and occasional light flashes, any serious risks are greatly reduced as a result of the laser treatment.
The importance of eye tests
‘It was lucky that Pauline came in when she did,’ said Dilraj. ‘If her right eye was left untreated this could have led to blindness. Hopefully, this highlights the importance of eye tests – whether there are any symptoms or not.
‘We encourage everyone to have their eyes tested at least once every two years. we often identify conditions that can be managed in store, but if it’s more serious, like our recent case with Pauline, we make a referral to a suitable specialist immediately.’
Research published by Specsavers and charity the 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 Melton Mowbray have accreditations in glaucoma and 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.