A trip to her local opticians proved to be a sight saving visit for a local Aylesbury mother of four, Salma Mahmood.

Salma, aged 47, visited Specsavers Aylesbury after experiencing blurred vision while shopping.  

At the store she was seen by the store’s optical director, Ansar Asghar who quickly picked up something was not right with Salma’s vision and expressed concern that she might have a retinal tear. He immediately referred her to Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Salma was seen the following day, and where the specialists confirmed that she had a retinal detachment to her right eye.

A retinal detachment occurs when the thin lining at the back of the eye - the retina -  begins to pull away from the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients.

Quick response

Salma was operated on the following day to re-attach the retina and following a period of recuperation, her sight has now been restored. 

‘I’m extremely grateful to Ansar and his team for helping to spot this issue,’ says Salma.  

‘It’s frightening to think that if I’d put off visiting the store, or ignored the symptoms for any longer, I could have lost the sight in that eye.  

‘I’d encourage everyone else to ensure they see their optician regularly and to never put off a visit – especially if they are experiencing any issues like mine.’

Regular eye examinations

Optical director Ansar adds: ‘Mrs Mahmood’s story really demonstrates how important it is to not neglect your vision, both in terms of seeking help if you are experiencing any sight related problems, but also in making sure you have regular eye examinations too.

'Eye tests aren’t just important for your vision but also for your general health, as other problems can be detected including, high blood pressure, brain tumours and diabetes.

‘We’d urge everyone to make sure that they have their eyes tested every two years, unless they’re experiencing any problems, like Mrs Mahmood’s, in which case they should visit their optician sooner.’

Minor Eye Conditions

The optometrists at Specsavers Aylesbury have accreditations in minor eye conditions (MECs) and a certificate in glaucoma. 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.

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. 

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