A Loscoe man was saved from losing his sight following a routine eye test at an opticians.
Graham Marshall, 68, of Loscoe Denby Lane, had been experiencing some distorted vision in his right eye, but otherwise enjoyed ‘perfect vision’, only wearing glasses occasionally for reading and watching TV.
Mr Marshall visited Specsavers opticians in Ilkeston with his wife, Cynthia, for a routine appointment, which showed fluid in his retina, which can lead to serious or permanent loss of sight.
He said: “The optometrist was nice and calm and said I didn’t need to do anything immediately, so I felt reassured.”
Anna Davies, an optometrist at Specsavers said: “Mr Marshall came into store for a sight test, describing distortion and seeing a grey mist in his right eye.
“I found his vision had deteriorated, which appeared to be due to some fluid at the central part of the retina, called the macular.
“This can lead to significant and permanent loss of vision if not treated promptly.
“I faxed a referral letter to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham so he could be treated as soon as possible.
“Macular degeneration is one type of condition that routine eye exams can detect along with many others for which optometrists are trained extensively.
“We recommend that everyone should have an eye test at least every two years and not to ignore any changes in their vision.”
Mr Marshall, now attends hospital appointments every four weeks.
After his scare, Graham remains upbeat, and says he hopes his story will be a lesson to others to get their eyes tested as often as possible in order to avoid any future issues.
He said: “I feel like shouting out “for goodness sake, get your eyes tested” to people who are complacent about regular check-ups.
“Thanks to the eye examination, the condition was caught at an early stage, and I will be able to see my grandchildren grow up.”