People urged to contact opticians if they have sight problems during the lockdown

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The public has been urged to contact their optician if they have issues with their eyesight during lockdown after a 78-year-old woman from Kenfig Hill near Bridgend was diagnosed as having a stroke which has resulted in her losing her sight in her left eye.

Retired civil servant, Edwina Knight, noticed her eyesight became foggy and was reluctant to seek out medical help due to the pandemic, but was encouraged to see an optician by her daughter.

Resultingly, a Specsavers optician noticed she had a suffered a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) behind her eye.

The optician who diagnosed her, Omair Khan, said: “If you experience any problems with your eyes or notice any changes in your vision, please give your local optician a call. In many cases, it is nothing to worry about – but sometimes it can be an indication of a more serious health condition.

“It is important people stay home during this crisis, but it’s cases like Edwina’s that demonstrate not only how important it is for opticians to be open during this pandemic, but also how important it is for people to seek the correct medical attention when they need it.”