A former Scottish footballer has revealed how an eye test and an innovative new drug treatment helped to save his eyesight.
Neil Martin, 71, who played for Hibernian in Scotland as well as Sunderland and Crystal Palace in England, and who won three caps for the Scottish national team, revealed to the Herald that he was beginning to struggle to see things clearly.
Although at first he dismissed it as a sign of old age, Mr Martin went for an eye test, where the expert found that he had retinal vein occlusion, which takes the form of a blockage in the vein at the back of the eye, and can lead to blindness if left untreated.
The former footballer was referred to the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh, where he found out that there was a new treatment available in the form of the drug Lucentis, which is injected directly into the eye.
Mr Martin has now had three courses of treatment and he told the newspaper that eyesight has significantly improved.
"A lot of people do not bother going to the opticians. You can just buy reading glasses in a shop. What happened to me shows there is no doubt that it is worth the effort," he added.