Friday, May 24, 2013

Girl goes blind when she failed to get to an optometrist for an eye infection

Here is a story from the Victoria Times Columnist that reminds us to go to the optometrist whenever we have eye or vision problems.  It might save your sight.  Here is an excerpt:

Bernadine Nielsen encourages her four children to get their eyes checked every year. The 41-year old Regina-based mother and student knows all too well the perils of neglecting eye health.
 Nielsen went blind after developing eye inflammation at the age of eight. Growing up on a Cree reserve in northern Saskatchewan with her parents and six siblings, there was no easy access to medical care. Driving to see a doctor of optometry took six hours, but Nielsen to this day wishes the local nurses had encouraged her to make the trek.
 When Nielsen started experiencing symptoms of iritis, a painful condition that causes an inflammation in the iris of the eye, she wasn’t taken to see a doctor of optometry until her vision got worse, despite the fact that the condition ran in her family.
 Without medical care, Nielsen’s eyes burned, her vision became cloudy and she became extremely sensitive to sunlight. When the little girl finally made it to see a doctor of optometry, it was too late to preserve her vision.
“By then [the inflammation] had spread all over my eyes and destroyed my eye area,” Nielsen says, adding, “I suppose if I was diagnosed earlier I probably would be able to see now.”
She’s right, according to Doctors of Optometry Canada (DOC) whose experts say iritis can be treated with eye drops if caught early through an eye exam by a doctor of optometry.
Read the entire article here.