‘My husband’s Hearing Aid appointment saved my sight’, says Arnold woman

Posted on May 24, 2018
Author: Lifeatspecsavers

An Arnold woman has described how a visit to a Specsavers store saved her sight – despite her only being there to pick up her husband’s hearing aid.

Helen Clarkstone, 69, was alerted to her condition during a visit to the store on
Front Street whilst out on an errand for her husband prior to their holiday.

While picking up a hearing aid for him, she requested to see an optician after noticing a dark spot in her vision over the weekend. 

Helen said: ‘It was like there was a black shadow covering half of my eye that didn’t go away, even when I blinked. I had a busy weekend, as we were due to leave for our holiday on Monday, so didn’t do anything about it right away.’

Helen was quickly seen by Optometry Store Director, Vineet Nehra.

‘It was clear that something was very wrong with Helen’s eyes,’ Vineet said. ‘There were indications of a retinal detachment, so we knew Helen needed an emergency referral to hospital. She was made an appointment on the day, ensuring she was seen as soon as possible.’

After her referral, Helen underwent an operation at the Queen’s Medical Centre to help repair the detached retina. Following the operation, she had to spend ten days lying on her side for forty minutes of every hour as part of the recovery process.

Helen is now recovering well and she says her vision, despite being a little blurry after the surgery, is getting better each day and her prognosis is good.

Speaking about the experience, she said: ‘I was due to go on holiday to Spain and if I hadn’t been in Specsavers for my husband’s hearing aids, I probably would have waited until I got back to check it out. I’m certainly glad I didn’t! My husband and I are very grateful to the team at Specsavers – for both the fantastic hearing service and the quick referral and care of the optometry team.’

Research published by Specsavers and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), shows one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable. The statistics also show that 300 people in the UK start living with sight loss every day.

At Specsavers, our Optometrists take pride in being poised to process eye health emergencies like Helen’s in a calm and efficient manner. As the demand for advanced eye care services on the high-street continues to grow, there’s never been a better time to join Specsavers and reap the benefits of our commitment to Enhanced Optical Services.

Would you like to embark upon a rewarding career backed by the support of a forward-thinking business? Get in touch with Specsavers Recruitment Services to hear all about current opportunities at Specsavers for highly-skilled Optometrists. You can call SRS on 01566 771 888 or email uk.recruitment@specsavers.com

This story was initially published on www.gedlingeye.co.uk. You can view the original article here.