A routine eye examination has proved to be potentially sight-saving for a local Bingham resident.

When 24-year-old Kay Dyde made the appointment at the Specsavers store on Eaton Place, little did she realise that this visit would help pick up signs of an underlying condition, which if left untreated could result in the loss of her vision.

Optician's concern

Although Kay had been suffering from headaches, she put these down to regular migraines so when the optician, optical director Amit Rana, said he was concerned about Kay’s swollen optic nerve (the nerve that links the eye to the brain), she was worried.

‘Amit referred me to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where I had to have lots more tests before they confirmed that I was suffering from idiopathic intracranial hypertension – essentially a build-up of pressure around my brain,’ commented Kay. ‘It was all rather scary.’

Unfortunately, Kay’s first procedure to help alleviate the pressure – a lumbar puncture – didn’t work so she’s currently waiting for a follow-up date.  In the meantime, she’s been advised to make some lifestyle changes to help the condition and is being monitored regularly by her GP.

Regular checks

‘My experience has really highlighted just how important it is to see your optician regularly,’ she added. ‘I had no idea they could pick up so many different conditions, and as a mum of one, I’ll certainly be ensuring we get our eyes checked regularly. I’m very grateful to Amit and his team, as well as the care of the Queen’s Medical Centre staff.’

Research published by Specsavers and charity 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 Bingham have accreditations in 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.

The importance of eye exams

Amit added: ‘Kay’s story illustrates the importance of regular eye examinations. 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 use digital retinal photography (DRP) to take a photo of the back of the eyes, which is included as part of all our standard sight tests at no extra cost.  These images are particularly useful in cases like Kay’s, helping to alert us to any issues, while also ensuring we can monitor changes over time.

‘We’d urge everyone to make sure that they have their eyes tested every two years unless they’re experiencing any problems in which case they should visit their optician sooner.  Our store is open seven days a week, to help offer maximum convenience.’

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