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Optician praised for going the extra mile
7:20am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A PREGNANT Tilbury mother has praised an optician who saved her eyesight after discovering she had a detached retina.
Oyinade Adesope was having an eye examination at Specsavers, in Grays Shopping Centre, when Kiran Kaur discovered abnormalities with her right eye.
The consultant advised Ms Adesope to visit the hospital straight away as an untreated detached retina can lead to permanent blindness, but not content with instructing her to go, Ms Kaur drove 37-weeks pregnant Ms Adesope to Southend Hospital herself.
After being put under local anaesthetic, Ms Adesope had the retina re-attached and was able to return home the same day. Ms Adesope said: “Thanks to the prompt service of everyone involved, particularly Kiran, 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. I was also very scared for my unborn baby in case there were implications from having the surgery. It was a really terrifying ordeal.”
Ms Kaur, who is store director, said: “We’re really pleased Ms Adesope’s surgery was a success and she is now fully recovered. It just goes to show how important an eye examination is.”
Three weeks after her operation, Ms Adesope gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
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