Romford man saved from blindness by keen-eyed Specsavers optician
PUBLISHED: 15:29 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:29 08 June 2015
A school site manager has been saved from blindness thanks to the keen eye of his optician.
Michael Knight, 66, visited Specsavers in South Street, Romford, after waking up with what he described were small strands obscuring his vision in one eye.
A thorough eye examination from ophthalmic director, Kevan Green, indicated a retinal tear and Mr Knight was referred to Moorfields Eye Hospital in central London for further tests.
A retinal tear is where the layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye develop a small split which can be caused by aging, although short-sighted people are more susceptible to the issue.
Tears can have an impact on vision, causing shadows or flashing and bright lights when you move the eyes.
More severe tears can cause the retina to become detached, which leads to blindness.
Mr Knight, who works at Marshall’s Park School in Pettits Lane, Romford, underwent surgery to correct the tear which consisted of a laser and then the insertion of a gas bubble to hold the retina in place before stitching it back together again.
He said: “Thanks to the prompt service of everyone involved, particularly the team at Specsavers Romford, my sight was saved and I am truly grateful.
“If I hadn’t visited the optician when I did and then the hospital for treatment, the outcome could have been very serious.”
The operation was performed under local anaesthetic and Mr Knight went home the same day.
He added: “As a glasses wearer I do try to have regular eye examinations but it’s very easy to let them slip.
“After my experience I’ve told all my friends how important it is to visit an opticians every two years – it’s such a quick and easy process and one that can really change your life.”
Specsavers were able to spot the abnormality in Mr Knight’s eye thanks to a special retinal camera which takes an image of the back of the eye.
Mr Green, the store director in Romford, said: “We’re really pleased that Mr Knight’s surgery was a success and he is now fully recovered.”