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Scots NHS worker's life saved after first trip to opticians in 40 years identifies stroke

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An NHS worker's first trip to the opticians in over 40 years stopped him from suffering a fatal stroke – after optometrists realised he needed urgent medical attention.David Cullen, a healthcare support worker for the vaccination programme, was on his way home from work in March when he felt a “coating” come over his right eye.

It rendered him completely blind in one eye for about 10 minutes, but by the time he got home it had cleared up.His wife Ann suggested he should see his GP, which Mr Cullen refused to do.

But he reluctantly agreed to have his eyes checked at Specsavers in Airdrie on his way to work the following morning.The 64-year-old, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, had not had his eyes tested in more than 40 years.

Optician Mark Gunn found Mr Cullen had suffered a mini-stroke and quickly made contact with his GP, who referred him for further medical treatment.Mr Gunn said: “The way he described it was that he lost his vision for ten minutes.

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