Outstanding optometrist Emma Ginger rubbed shoulders with show business’s great and good in London – and picked up a prestigious award.

The Dame Mary Perkins Award, named after the Specsavers’ co-founder, is given out annually to the optician or store that has made the greatest contribution to raising awareness on the importance of eye care.

Lifesaving diagnosis

Emma, who works at the Exeter Specsavers store, received the award from Gary Barlow. She was nominated for diagnosing Moretonhampstead mother-of-three Megan Turner’s intracranial hypertension earlier this year. Before Megan saw Emma, she had been suffering from crippling headaches and blacking out, with GPs and headache specialists failing to diagnose her condition.

Emma said: ‘We had such a fantastic time at the ceremony and it was a real honour to receive the Dame Mary Perkins Award. Seeing positive outcomes such as Megan’s is so rewarding for me. Knowing I’ve made a difference to someone’s life is the best part of being an optometrist. Megan’s story really does emphasise the importance of having a regular eye test because the technology we have now can pick up much more than just the quality of a person’s sight.’

Megan said: ‘I’m so pleased for Emma. She really does deserve the award. When she diagnosed my condition, she referred me to the hospital straight away. The doctors there said if I’d been referred two weeks later, I might have lost my sight – and even my life.

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