An Elgin woman has expressed her sincere thanks to an optician who spotted a potentially fatal condition.

Sandra Wilson, a grandmother of seven from Lhanbryde near Elgin, visited Specsavers after suffering from painful headaches and blurred vision. A

test by optician Sinead Connolly that day discovered tell-tale signs of a life-threatening medical condition.

Immediate action taken

Sinead said: ‘When Sandra came in for her examination it was clear she was in a great deal of discomfort.

‘I recognised that this could possibly be a serious neurological condition and immediate action needed to be taken. I referred Sandra to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for further tests.’

At the Aberdeen hospital Sandra was quickly diagnosed with an aneurysm and referred to Edinburgh where medics used a specialised treatment called coiling to prevent the aneurysm from bursting.

Sincere thanks

Sandra said: ‘I am so grateful to Sinead for identifying the cause of my discomfort and acting so quickly. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be here today to tell my story.’

Eye exams are vital

Peter Taylor, store director at Specsavers Elgin, said: ‘Sandra’s case was handled promptly and professionally. I am proud of our team at Elgin for providing such excellent customer service and we wish Sandra all the best in her recovery.

‘Her diagnosis highlights just how important regular eye examinations can be. With National Eye Health Week taking place this week, it is the perfect time to take stock and ensure you are taking good care of your eye health.'  

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