Check-up saved Marion’s sight

Marion Loveridge and Ajay Panchal at Vision Express in Spalding. ANL-140924-093047001
Marion Loveridge and Ajay Panchal at Vision Express in Spalding. ANL-140924-093047001

A woman from Spalding who was rapidly losing her sight can see clearly again after going for a check-up.

Marion Loveridge (65) visited her local branch of Vision Express when she noticed her eyesight was deteriorating.

In 2012, Marion noticed everything she looked at was very distorted.

Marion said: “I could hardly see and everything was so distorted.

“It was a very worrying time, but the team were really helpful to make a fairly scary incident less daunting.”

Marion booked an appointment to visit Vision Express in Spalding and optometrist Ajay Panchal immediately diagnosed her with wet AMD in both eyes and referred her to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

Marion underwent treatment for over a year, but her eyes continued to deteriorate, so she booked a further appointment at Vision Express, where Ajay detected a hemorrhage in her left eye.

Marion then went back to hospital and received six injections in her eye, which significantly improved her vision.

Following a further visit to see Ajay earlier this year, she found her vision in her left eye was virtually back to normal.

Marion said: “The check-up cost me £25 and it was the best and most important £25 I’ve ever spent.”

This week is National Eye Health Week and Marion hopes that her story will encourage more people to check their eyesight.

Ajay, who is an optometrist and store manager at Vision Express in Spalding, said: “The importance of eye tests can never be underestimated and Marion’s story highlights that.

“Whilst wet-AMD is fairly common as people age, 
it can be treated if caught early, so it is important for a diagnosis to be made as soon as possible.”

For more information, visit http://www.visionexpress.com/opticians/