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Eye exam saved my sight

16 January, 2013
Eye exam saved my sight

Thanks to an early diagnosis of glaucoma by Specsavers Opticas in Javéa, Hillary Farrington has been able to treat the condition using simple eye drops and experienced no loss of vision.

Hillary Farrington has a family history of glaucoma and so knows how important it is to have regular eye tests. However, when she went to a local optician near to her home in Javea, she wasn’t confident that she had received the optical health checks required, so she decided to get a second opinion.

‘I visited a local optician for an eye test last year and was not satisfied with the tests they did. I had to ask them to do the pressure test to check for glaucoma, otherwise they would not have checked. After revealing my eye pressure was high, they sent me on my way with no other treatment. I then saw an advert for Specsavers and realised the store was not far away so I decided to book an eye test there for a second opinion.’

Specsavers Opticas gave Hillary a very thorough eye test which included three different tests for glaucoma and concluded that she was suffering from early stages of this disease. They recommended that she go straight to the hospital to get treatment and gave her a letter explaining the diagnosis to take with her.

As the condition was caught early, she was able to treat the condition herself with eye drops and did not experience any vision loss which is associated with the disease. ‘I was delighted about the care I received from Specsavers, the eye examination was so thorough I knew I was in trusted hands. If I hadn’t of gone to the store, I may not have been diagnosed at all and my vision could be severely impaired by now.’

Hillary’s story illustrates the importance of regular eye tests. Glaucoma is very difficult for the sufferer to identify before the optic nerve is severely damaged. If left untreated, it can cause permanent tunnel vision which cannot be repaired, so prompt diagnosis is essential.

There are eight Specsavers Opticas stores on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, in Marbella, Fuengirola, Calpe, Javéa, Benidorm, Guardamar and Torrevieja and one in Santa Ponça, Mallorca.