When Jordan Steven, 19, booked an appointment for a routine eye examination, he didn’t expect it would lead to emergency sight-saving surgery.

Blurred vision

Jordan had been experiencing blurred vision at the start of the year but hadn’t thought much about it, suspecting he might’ve just got oil in his eye while at work as an engineer. Yet in March he noticed that a black strip had started to appear in his right eye and so decided to get it checked out.

However, with the country in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he didn’t think it would be an emergency so he didn’t make an appointment until June when he contacted Specsavers at 22 Crown Walk, Derby.

‘I’ve never worn glasses and my last eye test was five years ago, but I’ve never had any vision problems before,’ said Jordan. ‘When I started having blurred vision, I didn’t really think much about it but when the black strip appeared I knew it wasn’t normal, only I didn’t expect it to be so serious.’

A sigh-saving trip to Specsavers

‘I went to Specsavers on Saturday 13 June,’ said Jordan. ‘They gave me eye drops so they could have a good look at the back of my eye and that’s when they could see that my retina had become detached. I was immediately referred to hospital and the following Friday I was at the Derby Royal having surgery to save my sight.’

‘I’m really grateful to Specsavers for helping to diagnose the problem, I’ve been told it’s unusual for someone so young to suffer from a detached retina. The pre-op check up at the hospital also revealed an issue in my left eye that in time could develop the same problem, so they were able to treat that too. Thankfully, I’m now on the mend and back at work, hopefully my sight will fully recover over the next six months.’

A word from the optical director

Glyn Gohil, optical director at Specsavers in Derby, says; ‘I’m really pleased that Jordan didn’t put off getting his eyes checked for any longer, if left untreated it’s likely he would’ve lost his sight completely. After speaking with him and checking his vision, I felt there was something out of the ordinary, but you don’t expect to see what we found in someone of his age.

‘We used eye drops to dilate his eyes and an OCT (optical coherence tomography) scan to help get a better look at the back of his eyes and their structures,’ said Glyn. ‘The OCT scan uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of your eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view, and that’s when I found a large retinal detachment.

‘We referred him for emergency treatment and it’s great the hospital was able to see him so quickly. It’s fantastic that he’s now recovering.’

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