If it hadn’t been for a routine sight test, former Forest and Manchester United striker, Ian Storey-Moore could have lost the sight in his left eye.

 

The importance of a sight test

The 75-year-old made the trip to his usual opticians, Specsavers in Bingham for his annual visual check-up.  He’d not been experiencing any issues, so wasn’t prepared for what the optician, and store director, Amit Rana picked up.

 

‘We’ve been going to Specsavers in Bingham since it opened three years ago and are always careful to make our routine sight test appointments,comments Ian.  ‘After Amit had carried out the eye examination – which included a hospital-grade scan of my eyes – he advised me that he thought I might have a detached retina and so rang the hospital right away. It was a bit of a shock!’

 

Hospital-grade equipment in Specsavers

The scan called OCT (optical coherence tomography) uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.  This was key in helping to identify the retinal detachment, as Amit says; ‘Using the OCT meant I could look deeper into Ian’s eye to get an accurate picture of their structures and ultimately help identify the issue.

 

‘The added benefit of the scan is that we can store the customer’s OCT images so they can note changes over time – a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.’

 

Sight-saving surgery

Amit’s suspected diagnosis of a detached retina was confirmed when Ian arrived at the Queen’s hospital in Nottingham later that day. He underwent surgery, under local anaesthetic, to repair the tear and was discharged a few days later before convalescing for 10 days at home.

 

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye. It’s responsible for receiving light and translating it into electrical signals to send to the brain, where it creates the images we see.

 

‘I’m just so grateful to Amit and to Specsavers, continues Ian.  ‘If it hadn’t been for that routine appointment and Amit’s expertise, I could have lost the sight in my eye.  It doesn’t bear thinking about.’

 

A word from Amit

‘We’re delighted to hear that Ian has made a swift recovery,’ adds Amit. ‘Stories like his do show the importance of seeing your optician regularly, and of course of making an appointment right away if you notice any changes to your vision or experience any problems.’

 

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