A 47 year old man recently attended our practice for an eye test. He complained of a cloud over his right eye when driving. He had pins and needles in his hands and feet, and a loss of power over the previous few days.
Alison Blay, one of our permanent opticians, tested his eyes and was concerned about his health. She referred him urgently to his GP, who in turn sent him straight to hospital. He was admitted to hospital immediately, and was there for 3 weeks. Thanks to Alison’s quick thinking, he was in the right place when he developed two blood clots and needed two heart surgeries.
We received a lovely email from him explaining what happened, ending with
‘If it had not been for the brilliant eye check up and lovely polite manner in which it was done I hate to think what would have happened. I wish to point out I am a 47 yr old male who would be fairly healthy so wouldn’t have felt a candidate for such a traumatic episode. Perhaps you could convey my heart felt thanks to Alison for probably saving my life.’
We’re delighted that he is doing well, and wish him luck in the future. Well done Alison!