Alun’s plea after eye test saves his sight

Insch man Alun Williams with optometrist Alison Andrew.
Insch man Alun Williams with optometrist Alison Andrew.

A Garioch man is urging people to have regular eye tests after a routine examination saved his sight.

Alun Williams, 41, from Insch, has made his appeal to co-incide with National Eye Health Week, which runs until today (Sunday).

Alun had a detached retina in his right eye in his mid-twenties.

He explained: “My detached retina made it necessary for me to have annual eye examinations to monitor my vision closely. During one annual check my optometrist noticed a marked drop in my vision.”

When Alun was examined at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary his vision was shown to have deteriorated to such a level that he was officially classed as partially sighted and was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes.

But following surgery he now has his driving licence back, describing the transformation in his sight as “astonishing”.

Stephanie Milburn, store manager at Vision Express in Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Centre, said: “It is because we were able to monitor his sight so thoroughly through these tests that we were immediately able to pick up when something was wrong.

“As a result, Alun could be treated quickly and effectively, resulting in a happy outcome.”