‘My sight was saved by a simple check’

Specsavers,Bicester.Pre-reg Optician Mahin Ali with customer Emily Staker.'110712M-F609
Specsavers,Bicester.Pre-reg Optician Mahin Ali with customer Emily Staker.'110712M-F609
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A QUICK eye exam saved a young Bicester woman from almost-certain blindness when an optician spotted dangerous symptoms.

Emily Staker, 20, visited Specsavers in Crown Walk last summer after suffering severe migraines and double vision.

Trips to a GP and the hospital had failed to spot any problem, so Miss Staker booked a sight test after temporarily losing her vision altogether.

Using a specialist camera, the optometrist noticed her optic nerves were dangerously swollen and sent her straight to hospital, where doctors diagnosed a condition putting pressure on her brain.

Although the sight in her right eye was saved, Miss Staker now has restricted vision in her left.

Miss Staker said: “Not knowing what was wrong was scary but Specsavers were so professional. Sarah knew immediately something was wrong and her prompt action helped save my sight.

“I encourage everyone to have regular eye examinations whether you’re suffering with bad eyesight or not. If I had not been to Specsavers I would probably be blind and that thought scares me, my only wish is that I had gone sooner.”

Optometrist and store director Sarah Marshall said: “Miss Staker’s case definitely highlights the importance of getting your eyes tested regularly. If the customer’s symptoms had gone unnoticed, her sight would have been put at great risk.”