16.11.2015

Visit to the optician saves woman"s life

Visit to the optician saves woman"s life

A woman whose sight was saved by a trip to the opticians has revealed how she may owe her life to her eyecare practitioner.

Patricia Thompson, from Goole, told the Goole Courier that she visited Garrey Haase of Michael James Opticians after suffering from a tingling sensation down the side of her face and a feeling that her eye was "bulging".

Following Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) screening, it was discovered that she had a swelling of the optic nerve and a blood clot and was immediately taken to hospital, where her condition could be treated before it worsened.

Although her vision is not quite as good as it was, Ms Thompson told the newspaper: "I"m back at work and learning to cope with what I have. I still have my eyesight and the main thing is I"m still here."

Recently, the College of Optometrists warned that people need to visit their optician regularly to identify any damaging eye conditions before they worsen.

by Adrian Galbreth


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