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Clare’s story – the night fog didn’t lift the next day
As part of National Eye Health Week 2022, we asked people to tell us their stories about eye health and the importance eye health tests and eye health awareness more generally.
This is Clare’s story
“I am registered partially sighted and live in Cheltenham. In January 2020 I had been driving in fog. It had lifted a bit when I drove home from Stratford Theatre that Saturday night. But on Sunday I was still ‘seeing’ fog at home – very blurred vision – and had a sharp pain in one eye.
“I called into my local optician next day, who I’d met before and liked, at lunchtime. He was concerned having taken photos of the back of my eyes, and advised me to go to A&E. They didn’t have the right personnel in that day and I had an off-putting phone call from the main eye hospital 15 miles away. They said I could have an appointment in two weeks.
“Luckily a kind nurse intercepted me at work next day, as I worked at a hospital, and said an ophthalmologist was in and she’d like me to see him. I was admitted to the main hospital immediately after seeing him and the rest is history.
“I didn’t know that was to be my last day at work/driving/cycling etc. I was able to thank the lovely optician who helped and advised me that freezing day in January sometime later.”
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