In his capacity as a store director for Specsavers, Lateef Iqbal has the pleasure of meeting many inspiring individuals and one such lady who ticks this box is Stephanie Millward, a British Paralympian swimmer.
Talking eye health
Stephanie Millward shared her story with Lateef at the recent Women's FA Cup Final in May.
She had optic neuritis, and when her eyes began to flicker visibly combined with some other unusual symptoms, her GP referred her to a specialist who sent her for an MRI scan.
This showed scarring and inflammation on the brain and six months later, it was confirmed that she had multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable condition that attacks the nervous system. She was only 17 years old at the time.
Now in her thirties, Stephaine manages her condition. In 2005, on medication and combined with the will to crack on with life, she got back into the pool and went on to represent Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and London's 2012 event where she won five medals - four silver and one bronze.
Inspired by her story
Lateef comments: 'Our eye health can tell us lots of things which is why a sight test every two years is paramount. S
'tories like Stephanie's are extreme but our opticians have diagnosed conditions such as fluid on the brain, tumours, high blood pressure and suspected diabetes during a routine eye test.'
If anything every feels out of the ordinary with a recent change in your vision, Lateef wants to stress the importance of having an eye examination.