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I have been impressed with Chris Young Opticians since moving to them a couple of years ago. Chris Young and his staff are approachable and helpful and give an efficient servi ...click for more
Christopher Young Opticians were recommended to me when I moved from Bath to Shepton Mallet six years ago. How pleased and confidentI feelto have Chris Young taking such good ...click for more
Recognising a Possible Detached Retina It was 6 pm on Christmas Eve - when all the doctors were closed - that I first noticed a small crescent-shaped shadow in the top rig ...click for more
I have been attending Chris Young's Opticians in Shepton Mallet for several years now and have always met with studied politeness and competent treatment. As a retired radiolo ...click for more
I have been impressed with Chris Young Opticians since moving to them a couple of years ago. Chris Young and his staff are approachable and helpful and give an efficient service. As well as the standard check-up, I have been having an OCT scan roughly every six months, in order to build a comparative record. Chris always explains things in clear and easy to understand terms.Graham Nutt CLOSE
Christopher Young Opticians were recommended to me when I moved from Bath to Shepton Mallet six years ago. How pleased and confident I feel to have Chris Young taking such good care of my eyes. He is very thorough and offers individual attention compared to my experience of previous opticians. A wide range of frames are on display for selection - something for everyone. I chose a great pair of pink glasses this time!Sue Feltham CLOSE
Recognising a Possible Detached Retina
It was 6 pm on Christmas Eve - when all the doctors were closed - that I first noticed a small crescent-shaped shadow in the top right corner of my left eye. Apart from this tiny "block" I could see perfectly and, it being Christmas, with guests staying and visits to relatives planned, I studiously ignored the shadow. About a week later, when I was reading I could see a definite circle of black floaters turning anti-clockwise in that eye. Otherwise, no flashing lights or other visual disturbances, I could still see almost normally and I was driving, reading watching tv....
The festive season over and back home, I made an appointment to see my GP in early January. He listened to my symptoms and declared he was not an eye specialist but I should go within 24 hours to Christopher Young Opticians in Shepton Mallet as they had the equipment needed to look at the back of my eye and to see what was going on. I was to do this under the ACES scheme, a National Health scheme whereby GPs can refer to specialist opticians in the same area.
Luckily I was able to get the long appointment I needed the next day. I was seen by Chris Young himself who put drops in my eyes and carried out a thorough check, using a range of equipment. His diagnosis: a detached retina in my left eye. He made an urgent referral to Bristol Eye Hospital and my husband drove me there straight away. I was seen in their A&E department (but one does need the referral), then by 2 other doctors... More eye drops, more specialist equipment.
By this time it was 7 pm, too late for an operation that night, so I was admitted to a small ward and told I had to stay lying on my left side to try to prevent the retina detaching further. By 8.30 am I was in the operating theatre for an operation under local anaesthetic which lasted about 1 1/2 hours. Thankfully it was successful, with stitching done by laser and a bubble of gas put in the back of my eye to keep the replaced retina in the correct position. Back in the ward, I had to lie face down for an hour, then lie on my right side for 45 minutes out of every hour, a procedure they call posturing.
This "posturing" had to continue for 3 days after I returned home the following day, which I found extremely inconvenient as the 15 minute break each hour was just about long enough to swallow a cup of tea and go to the toilet, or eat a quick meal which my helpful husband had prepared. I think it would be very difficult to be on one's own in these circumstances. I also had two lots of eye drops which had to be put in several times a day and had to wear a clear plastic shield over my left eye to stop me rubbing it. My left eye was very bloodshot and I could see little with it.
Everyone who has an operation for a detached retina has to "posture" in a different position and for a different length of time: another woman in my ward had to sit upright - even at night - for 2 weeks. After the first 3 days I just had to lie on my right side as much as possible and all night, rest during the day, and not do any heavy lifting. Make up and face creams were banned! Two weeks after my operation I was back at the hospital for a check up and sight test: I was able to reach the DVLA sight standard (mainly thanks to my strong right eye) and everything had healed nicely so I was discharged, but I wasn't to drive or travel by air (danger of exploding eye!) until the gas bubble had gone from my eye, which took a further 4 weeks.
I did go back to Chris Young after a couple of weeks as I was concerned that my eyesight wasn't improving as it should. He was very patient and did a thorough examination, but thankfully my worries were unfounded. Four months after my operation my eyesight has changed and I was so impressed with Chris's helpfulness and the service there that I switched opticians. My in-depth sight test included a scan - all fine - and I will now opt for this at every sight test. I am now the owner of a smart new pair of varifocals and can do everything as normal.
The usual sign of a detached retina is, I understand, flashing lights. A friend of mine did not even know that hers was detaching until her optician found it during her 2 yearly sight test. Luckily hers hadn't detached as much as mine: she did need an operation but didn't have to "posture" and didn't need a gas bubble, meaning that after a few days resting she was able to live as usual and drive and fly.
I have been told that a detached retina can be caused by a direct blow to the eye - which hadn't happened in my case. I also understand that older women - that's me! - can be susceptible and particularly if they lift something that's too heavy.
A detached retina can cause blindness. My message is don't ignore any changes in your eyes, get an emergency appointment with your GP or go to A&E (one hospital doctor said to me, "They do have ambulances over Christmas, you know!" And do have regular sight tests with a qualified optician who has the equipment to look at your eyes in depth, such as Christopher Young. The earlier you get treatment for a detached retina the less extreme that treatment will probably need to be, and the more of your sight can be saved.
RadstockShirley Barnes - recognising a Possible Detached Retina. CLOSE
I have been attending Chris Young's Opticians in Shepton Mallet for several years now and have always met with studied politeness and competent treatment. As a retired radiologist ( A large part of my life was spent in Arabia and the Himalayas - NOT the best environments for eye care! AND suffered a fractured maxilla during this time, causing permanent loss of bifocal vision). I am pleased to say that I can now read in comfort and still see the beauty of the Somerset country side, thanks to the care and attention of him and his staff. I can honestly say that I would not think of seeking any other source for spectacles & eye care, at my age! (87)Dr. Philip Horniblow, ( Retired), O.B.E., M.B., B.S., D.M.R.D., F.R.C.R. CLOSE
Your business was recommended to me by a friend and I like the professional way in which it is run and the staff are very friendly and helpful and smart.Caroline Stevens CLOSE