Man, 76, diagnosed with life-threatening condition after Specsavers visit

A 76-year-old Cheshire man was diagnosed with an “extremely rare” condition after suffering from a blood shot in the eye.

Colin Bowers has been wearing glasses for more than 30 years and sought medical help in 2019 after discovering the blood count.

During his first appointment, he was told he had an eye infection, but then he started getting double vision and so he decided to get a second opinion from the opticians.

An optometrist director named Stuart Jones conducted an in-depth examination of Colin’s eye for 30 minutes. Cheshire Live Reports.

Sensing that there was a deeper problem in Colin’s eyes that he couldn’t see, he referred the 76-year-old to the local hospital, where he performed a series of scans to pinpoint the problem.

The hospital confirmed that Colin suffered from a carotid cavernous sinus fistula, a sight and a life-threatening condition.

It causes the artery that carries blood to the eye and the vein that draws blood from the eye to adhere.

The disease is extremely difficult to diagnose and can lead to strokes and blood clots.

Colin was quickly rushed by ambulance to a specialized neurology team at another hospital to undergo the angiogram procedure that had proven successful in previous CCF cases in the past.

Unfortunately, this method failed to properly treat Colin, prompting the team to perform a complicated 9-hour operation that operated directly through the eye socket.

Fortunately, this new procedure proved successful and Colin returned home soon after.

Now, a little over a year after his ordeal, Colin says his only permanent side effects were a double vision case, which specialists believe was due to scar tissue.

Colin said, “I honestly don’t think I would be alive without Specsavers. I really wasn’t convinced by the diagnosis I originally received, so I trusted my instincts and got this second opinion from Specsavers.

“I would recommend anyone else to do the same. It is not worth taking risks to your health.”

Stuart Jones, Director of Optometrist at Specsavers Runcorn, said, “Colin came into the store with recent double vision and complained of having to close one eye to read.”

“Double vision in itself is not uncommon and can be treated with glasses, but I was concerned at the time because it was a sudden onset.

“After my exam, I knew the correct action was to refer Colin to the hospital for more tests.

“We’re all so grateful in the business that his CCF was found and checked when it was.

“It’s a grim reminder that we must all take care of ourselves when we know something is wrong.”


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