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Routine sight test at Bingham Specsavers helps save former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United footballer’s sight

If it hadn’t been for a routine sight test, a former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United striker could have lost the sight in his left eye.

When 75-year-old Ian Storey-Moore — who is best known locally for his 105 goals for Forest between 1962 and 1972 — made the trip to his usual Bingham-based opticians for his annual visual check-up, he had not been experiencing any issues, so wasn’t prepared for what was to come.

IAN STOREY-MOORE pictured during his spell at Manchester United.
IAN STOREY-MOORE pictured during his spell at Manchester United.

Storey-Moore was treated by Amit Rana, optician and store director of Specsavers, on Eaton Place, whose diagnoses of a detached retina proved to be pivotal in saving the former footballer’s sight.

“I have been going to Specsavers in Bingham since it opened three years ago,” said Storey-Moore.

“After Amit had carried out the eye examination — which included a hospital-grade scan of my eyes — he advised me that he thought I might have a detached retina and so rang the hospital right away.

“It was a bit of a shock.”

The scan called OCT (optical coherence tomography) uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.

This was key in helping to identify the retinal detachment.

IAN STOREY-MOORE sends in a selfie after his operation.
IAN STOREY-MOORE sends in a selfie after his operation.

“Using the OCT meant I could look deeper into Ian’s eye to get an accurate picture of their structures and ultimately help identify the issue,” said Rana.

“The added benefit of the scan is that we can store the customer’s OCT images so they can note changes over time — a real benefit to the monitoring of someone’s overall eye health.”

Rana’s suspected diagnosis of a detached retina was confirmed when Storey-Moore arrived at Queen’s hospital in Nottingham later that day.

He underwent surgery, under local anaesthetic, to repair the tear and was discharged a few days later before convalescing for ten days at home.

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye.

It’s responsible for receiving light and translating it into electrical signals to send to the brain, where it creates the images we see.

“If it hadn’t been for that routine appointment and Amit’s expertise, I could have lost the sight in my eye,” said Storey-Moore.

“It doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Rana said he was delighted to hear about Storey-Moore’s quick recovery.

He said: “Stories like his do show the importance of seeing your optician regularly.

“And of course of making an appointment right away if you notice any changes to your vision or experience any problems.”

He also advised residents to ensure they take part in routine eye testing.

Personal protective equipment and all testing equipment and frames are sanitised after each use.

Specsavers has also introduced a new in-store role to re-assure customers who may feel apprehensive about visiting the opticians after lockdown.

Its customer care guide will greet customers on arrival and will also assist customers through the new testing process.

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