Julia Faid, a financial controller from Towcester, had a surprising turn of events when a routine appointment with her local opticians led to a hospital visit and surgery to save her sight. It all started when Julia noticed a shadow in the bottom left corner of her right eye.
Initially attributing it to tiredness from her workday spent staring at three computer screens, she didn’t think much of it. However, when the shadow persisted the next evening, Julia knew she couldn’t ignore it any longer and promptly booked an appointment at her regular Specsavers store in Towcester.
“I didn’t think anything of it at first,” Julia recalls. “I was really surprised when I was asked to come in straight away and have a thorough eye examination. I never expected it to be anything serious but when I was sent to A&E I knew something was seriously wrong.”
Daljit Purewal, the ophthalmic director at Specsavers Towcester, was present during Julia’s visit to the store. Based on her eye test results, which included using an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine for a detailed scan of the eye’s structure, Daljit identified that Julia had a retinal detachment.
This condition could have severe consequences if left untreated. Although the centre of Julia’s retina was still attached at the time of her visit, it was progressively detaching.
Recognising the urgency, Daljit immediately referred Julia to the hospital. “By the time Mrs Faid had reached the hospital, the central retina had detached meaning that surgery was even more important to try and save her vision,” explains Daljit.
Julia arrived at Northampton General Hospital on Friday and underwent emergency surgery just two days later. The operation was performed under local anaesthesia, allowing Julia to remain awake throughout the procedure.
Following the surgery, she was instructed to keep her face down for 24 hours to ensure the retina stayed in place. Determined to minimise any risks, Julia even slept on the floor.
After being discharged from the hospital and allowing herself time to recover, Julia resumed her daily routine. However, she did experience some loss of vision in her right eye.
Daljit comments: “Unfortunately, Mrs Faid’s vision could not be restored to what it had once been, but I’m really pleased that it hasn’t stopped her from continuing with her usual routines and it’s great that she has adapted so quickly. It is so important to have regular eye examinations, and we encourage anyone that notices a problem, no matter how small, to book an appointment and come and see us.” Julia, having completed her treatment, returned to the Specsavers store to get her new glasses.
“I can’t thank the team at Specsavers enough. They were sympathetic and professional throughout,” concludes Julia. “Daljit even followed up to make sure everything had gone well with my surgery and when I visited the store, he recognised me and checked in to see if everything was still going well!
“I now know that if I had visited the store just a few days earlier, I would have been referred sooner and the likelihood of my vision being fully restored would have been higher. I’d recommend their services to anyone and if you do notice something that is not quite right with your vision, don’t risk waiting and book an appointment as soon as you can.”
For more information or to book a sight or hearing test, individuals can contact Specsavers Towcester at 01327 358299, visit their website at www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/towcester, or visit the team in-store at 110 Watling Street, Towcester, NN12 6BT.
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