World Glaucoma week began on Sunday 12 March and for Specsavers in West Wickham, it was a time of the year that had added significance.
Since opening in 2007, members of staff from the store have been instrumental in the detection of glaucoma in their patients, prompting them to receive the necessary treatment to minimise the damage of the disease.
Two cases in particular stand out as being particularly notable and both were detected by resident optometrist and store director, Bamini Raj, who has been in West Wickham since the very start. In 2008, builder Eric Langran was successfully treated for acute glaucoma following a seemingly routine check-up, in which Bamini noticed the pressure in Eric’s right eye was twice the normal level.
Bamini, who is accredited for her level 1 glaucoma qualification and working towards completing her level 2 this year, also played a pivotal role in referring retired care assistant Evelyn Alphonso to hospital after detected multiple key indicators of glaucoma in her left eye.
Again, Evelyn was able to receive the appropriate treatment and manages her condition by using prescribed eye drops.
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Bamini commented: ‘Those are two main cases that spring to mind, but in West Wickham, there are a whole host of other incidences where glaucoma has been detected in our patients and this has led to them receiving the necessary treatment.’
‘In many cases, glaucoma exists without any noticeable symptoms and can do a great deal of damage for years without being detected. That’s why it’s so important to have your eye health assessed regularly by a professional, and to be especially vigilant if there is a family history of glaucoma.’