Irlam opticians Alan Miller Opticians, have been praised for their swift and professional actions that potentially saved a local woman from going blind or suffering a stroke.
Key worker Suzanne Delve from Irlam works for the Royal Mail in Warrington, she continued to work on with blurred vision during ‘lockdown’. Suzanne has been told she could have gone blind and could have suffered a stroke were it not for the quick actions of her local optometrist.
Suzanne Delve (pictured) could have suffered a stroke if she hadn’t contacted her local optician, she has now paid tribute to the optometrist who spotted a life-threatening condition during an emergency eye test. Specialists were alerted to Suzanne’s condition after she had an emergency appointment at Alan Miller Optometrists, on Liverpool Road in Irlam.
Optometrist Sohail Hakim (pictured with staff at the Irlam Opticians) discovered a bleed on her eye and immediately referred her to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Before her appointment, Suzanne had been experiencing blurred vision for some time but didn’t believe it was something that needed checking.
It was only after a colleague convinced her of the risks that she contacted Sohail at Alan Miller Optometrists. Doctors told Suzanne that if she didn’t have her eye tested that day, she could have had a stroke at any time.
Suzanne said, “I didn’t think it would be anything serious, to be honest, I kept putting it off like we all do sometimes, but it was my colleague who convinced me to get it checked. I told him I was fine, but as his wife was an Optician he insisted that it could be a sign of something serious. He didn’t stop pestering me so, as it kept getting worse, I finally decided to make an appointment at my local Alan Miller’s.”
Medics at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital found that the bleed to Suzanne’s right eye was caused by extremely high blood pressure. Specialists told Suzanne that her blood pressure was so high it was deemed as life threatening, so she had to spend three days in hospital for tests.
Suzanne added, “I’ve been walking around with extremely high blood pressure for quite some time, I was basically a walking time bomb and I had no idea, they told me I could have gone blind or had a stroke quite easily if I left it any longer.”
Suzanne is still awaiting scans to discover if she has suffered any damage to her brain, and still has further tests to come in the next six months. She has been able to return to work at the Royal Mail North West Hub, in Warrington, after five weeks of recovery.
Medics found that the bleed to Suzanne’s right eye was caused by extremely high blood pressure, Suzanne said, “I spoke to Sohail over the phone after my treatment and told him, ‘You’ve saved my life.’ I can’t him enough. In the past I’ve put off going for routine eye tests, but I won’t be doing that again. They identified something life-threatening that most people wouldn’t even associate with your eyes.”
She added, “If you have a problem with your eyes like I did, absolutely get it checked out, there is always that rare chance that it could be something serious. It’s so vital that people go, it probably saved my life.”
At the time of Suzanne’s problems, Alan Miller Optometrists was only open for emergency appointments due to government restrictions, but was still able to conduct emergency care, like in Suzanne’s case.
However, the practice that serves the whole of our local community, on Liverpool Road in Irlam, next to the former Railway Pub is now operating with normal appointments and welcomes all patients old and new. Although booking is required.
To book an appointment contact 0161 775 2238 or book online at www.irlam.alanmilleropticians.co.uk