Hemel Hempstead optometrist Shane Bhimani has been praised by his customer David South – who was expecting a regular check up on his vision but within days was attending Stoke Mandeville hospital eye department.
A loyal Specsavers Hemel Hempstead customer for over 20 years, 71-year-old David’s test results showed the signs of Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This develops when abnormal blood vessels in the eye leak blood or fluid and can result in rapid loss of central vision. Whilst it can develop very suddenly, it can be treated if caught early enough, through injections in the eye.
‘Once I picked up that David may have Wet AMD, I suggested that we use the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) machine in-store, which is able to take a detailed 3D image of the eye – and after more investigation, I immediately decided to phone his doctor to ask that he be referred to Stoke Mandeville’, says Shane, a store partner in Specsavers Hemel Hempstead.
‘That night, Shane phoned me to say that I’d been booked in for an appointment the following week’, says David.
‘I couldn’t believe how fast it all happened, but within a few days I was having the first injection in my eye to treat the AMD. I now have to go once a month to have the injections, but it’s nothing compared to losing my sight’.
‘It’s lucky that David kept to his regular appointments and has been visiting us every two years’, says Shane.
‘Some eye conditions like this can come on very fast and the consequences can be dire for your sight if not treated early enough.’
David says he is grateful for the treatment he has received since his eye test, and is encouraging of everyone to keep to their regular tests, regardless of whether or not they wear glasses.
Shane adds: “If you are concerned about AMD, talk to you optometrist about any of the following symptoms:
· difficulty reading, watching TV, driving or recognising faces
· seeing straight lines as wavy or crooked
· when objects look smaller than normal
· colours seeming to be less bright than they used to
· seeing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)”
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