Grateful glaucoma sufferer – ‘I had no symptoms whatsoever’

A customer from Specsavers Arnold in Nottinghamshire used World Glaucoma Week to help spread the message of the importance of eye checks, after a spur-of-the-moment appointment detected an advanced case of glaucoma which might have left him blind in a matter of months.

Retiree John Campbell, 61 (pictured), had accompanied his wife to her appointment, when he decided to book himself in while he was there. During the eye test, optometrist director Vineet Nehra spotted an anomaly and immediately referred him to the eye casualty department at Queen’s Medical Centre for an urgent appointment.

‘It was very clear that John needed urgent medical attention,’ says Vineet. ‘He had a very advanced case of acute angle-closure glaucoma, which for him had been symptomless up to this point, and his eyes were struggling under a build-up of pressure on his optic nerve.

‘I was in a state of complete shock after Vineet told me that I needed to go to hospital’ recalls John. ‘I had just come back from holiday with my wife, and didn’t suspect anything was wrong – I had no symptoms whatsoever to indicate there might be a problem.’

John was treated with a course of eye drops before receiving a trabeculectomy on each eye to drain fluid from the back of the eye to release pressure.

‘Since having the operations, I’m now having regular monthly check-ups to monitor the progress of the disease,’ says John. ‘One of the side effects of my treatment is that I have developed cataracts, which I will also shortly be receiving treatment for once my eyes have recovered from surgery.

‘I feel incredibly lucky to have received this treatment, and without the initial diagnosis and quick actions of Vineet, I would have already lost my sight to this condition. I really owe it to him that I still have my sight, and I would encourage everybody to go and have their sight tested on a regular basis – it’s such an important health check.’

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