test at Burnham-On-Sea's Spesavers store saved man's life
life of a Burnham-On-Sea man has been saved thanks to an eye test
at a town centre opticians.
Reading from Burnham had been suffering from dizzy spells and episodes
of temporary blurred vision when his daughter Leah recommended he
take an eye test, which proved to be lifesaving.
62, was feeling tired and unwell and had experienced four blackouts.
His daughter Leah insisted on him to have an eye test.
Mr. Rama Venkat at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea High Street did
not hesitate to stay behind and see Mr Reading for an urgent eye
test, as he was concerned by his symptoms.
Rama Venkat says: "I felt it was my professional duty to examine
Mr Reading as soon as possible. I hence tested him urgently as an
extra patient at the end of my long day."
performed a dilated eye examination and used a Volk lens to examine
the retina of Mr Reading's' eyes. During the examination I noticed
significant narrowing of the blood vessels of the retina, which
prompted me to take immediate action."
urgently referred Mr Reading to his GP on the Friday and by Monday,
Robert had blood tests and was referred the same day to Musgrove
Park Hospital for an ultrasound. The tests confirmed that there
was a blockage in the carotid artery that transported blood to his
eye and the brain.
was admitted immediately for a life-saving operation, with the artery
cut with a laser and clamped. A stent was also inserted into the
artery to prevent the blockage spreading into his brain.
surgeons had commented that carotid artery blockage, if untreated,
could lead to serious conditions such as a stroke and sudden loss
operation was a success and Robert was discharged with medication
to aid with the recovery process.
prompt action from Rama Venkat was undoubtedly a huge factor in
my speedy diagnosis and treatment, and for that I would be most
grateful," says Robert.
am now 90% recovered thanks to the care and attention I received
from Rama and the hospital, which meant the blockage in my carotid
artery was picked up in time to be treated. I also had a slight
blockage on the left side but that was treated with medication."
daughter Leah works at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea and my experience
has shown how right she was in telling me about the importance of
an eye examination in checking so much more than just your eye sight."
adds: "I can't thank Rama enough. He literally saved my dad's
life. Without his insistence on an immediate eye test, our story
could have ended very differently. I always knew how important an
eye test was from my experience working at Specsavers Burnham-On-Sea
but now I have personal experience."