Optician helps save colleague’s sight

Eva Gotch from Specsavers in Wellingborough having her eyes tested
Eva Gotch from Specsavers in Wellingborough having her eyes tested

A woman has her colleague to thank for spotting tell-tale signs which may have saved her sight.

Eva Gotch, 20, from Wellingborough has worked at Specsavers in the Swansgate Centre for five years and is studying for her dispensing optician qualification.

When she started to experience bad headaches, she asked one of the store’s optometrists, Dipesh Patel, for help.

She said: “Dipesh used a digital retinal camera to take a picture of the back of the eye, which showed that I had some swelling on the discs on both my eyes.

“Because of my symptoms he was immediately concerned and referred me straight away to Northampton Hospital.”

After undergoing tests, Eva was told she had a 99 per cent chance of having intracranial hypertension – high pressure inside the skull. She underwent a lumbar puncture to remove the excess fluid and is now recovering well.

Dipesh said: “When Eva told me about her symptoms the alarm bells rang straight away. Her case, although it’s rare, really does show how important regular eye examinations are.

“We advise all our customers to get their eyes tested every two years, unless they’re experiencing any problems like Eva, in which case they should come in sooner.”