Hannah is a young active twenty something professional enjoying the bright lights of London. She visited Eyeworks London a few years ago for a routine eye test.
Like with all my patients I asked Hannah a few opening questions, ‘how is your vision’…’general health ok?’…do you get any headaches? Etc etc … Hannah mentioned a few headaches and I noted this down I admit without too much concern.
Later in the examination I took a picture of Hannah’s eyes, it was then I realised that there was a slight swelling of the optic nerves. I explained to Hannah what I had found and asked her to visit the local eye hospital.
Hannah was then diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) which means a fluid build up on the brain with an unknown cause.
Thankfully it was diagnosed in time not to cause any lasting damage. If left untreated the swelling can damage the optic nerve and cause partial and possibly total sight loss and in some rare cases can be life threatening.
Hannah has always known that eye tests are important and no more so than now. Her advice is to
“make sure that we have check ups and ask questions about concerns/niggles or headaches – big or small. If my IIH diagnosis went unchecked and unknowingly accelerated I could have easily lost my peripheral vision (and in an extreme worst case scenario lost my vision entirely)”.
“So with that in mind” She adds “ I’m very happy to help spread the word about having healthy eyes and regular eye examinations”.
Highlighting Hannah’s experience is not meant to cause alarm. The take home message is look after yourself, have regular eye tests. Tell us if you are having any ‘niggles- big or small’. The optician isn’t just there for glasses we look after your health too.
So even though you are young fit and healthy there is a need for regular eye tests…right!