A local man is encouraging everyone to get their eyes tested when the service he received at Specsavers in Coalville helped to save his sight.
William Mee, aged 80, a retired engineer from Ibstock, noticed slightly dim vision in one of his eyes before going on holiday to North Wales with his wife. Not thinking it was anything serious, he spent the week away and his vision deteriorated.
A few days after returning home, William decided to visit Specsavers in Belvoir Shopping Centre, Coalville. Having worn glasses for almost 60 years, he is a regular customer at Specsavers in Coalville and is extremely thankful for the great service he experienced in store.
‘The first thing I noticed was that everything looked slightly dim out of my left eye,’ recalled William. ‘From that point on, it started to get progressively worse, so I decided I ought to visit my opticians.
‘It was a Saturday and we were shopping in town after going to church. I popped into Specsavers and asked for an appointment. Minutes later, Shailan Ruparelia carried out an extremely thorough eye examination. I was so impressed that I was seen immediately, I really couldn’t have asked for better service.’
During the appointment, Shailan, store director and optometrist, performed a series of comprehensive tests and identified a detached retina.
Shailan referred William to the emergency eye clinic at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Upon visiting the hospital, William was booked in for an operation the following week.
‘I was told after my operation that I might not make a full recovery for six to eight months, which was quite hard to hear,’ continued William. ‘I was also given eye drops and I had to take 14 every day, I had to sleep on my side and I wasn’t allowed to drive.
Road to recovery
Shailan said: ‘William recently came back into Specsavers to see if specs could help improve his vision. I was amazed by his fantastic recovery. His left eye is well within driving limits and not far from normal vision. The difference from when I examined him about six weeks prior was incredible.
William continued: ‘Although the operation was difficult, Shailan went above and beyond his duties as an optometrist. He called me three times on different occasions after the operation to see how I was getting on. I feel very fortunate and lucky that Shailan was able to spot what was going on and for giving me such a quick referral. He has been so supportive during this process.’
Sight loss statistics
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.
The optometrists at Specsavers in Belvoir Shopping Centre have an accreditation 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.