Prompt care of reported ‘floaters’ saved man’s sight

Praise has been given to the swift care of a West Midlands optometrist and an NHS medical team that helped save a man’s sight.

Ray Boyles, 65, is a regular visitor to his local opticians in Sutton Coldfield, having worn glasses for the last 20 years. But, while on holiday, he became unwell with a fever and started seeing floaters, which he described as black specks that floated across his field of vision.

While some of his symptoms had improved by the time he had returned home, Ray was still experiencing some issues with his vision. Having assumed that the floaters were part of his virus, Ray was therefore, rather concerned.

‘I’d not experienced anything like this before, so made an appointment to see my local GP that day. He recommended that I see my optician and fortunately Specsavers were able to see me almost immediately.’

Ray was seen by one of the store’s optometrists, Sadia Ejaz, who carried out a full eye examination and expressed her concern about a possible retinal tear. She immediately referred Ray onto the Birmingham Midland Eye Centre where, after additional tests and a consultation with the retinal specialist, they confirmed a retinal detachment to his left eye.

The following day Ray was operated on to re-attach the retina; fortunately it was successful and he is now home enjoying good vision.

‘My main retirement hobby involves painting small model figures, and I rely on good eyesight to do this’, adds Ray.

‘If the teams involved hadn’t acted so promptly then there’s a good chance I would have lost the sight in my left eye. That’s a terrifying thought. But thanks to the GP, optician and doctors at the hospital my sight is now as good as it was before the incident.

‘I’ve been telling people that if they experience similar symptoms they should book an eye test and not put it off. Without visiting the optician and addressing my symptoms, I might not have received treatment until it was too late.’

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