Accidental breaking of eyeglasses leads to serious medical discovery in Sam’s Club associate

I believed an eye exam was something you had done just when you needed glasses. For me, it turned out to be a life-saving appointment.

Dr. Daman Gupta discovered bleeding in the nerve of my eye. After an emergency room visit, I was diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, or swelling of the brain.

Without an exam, I would have never known that what my doctor and I thought to be simple stress headaches had turned into something much more serious. My eye exam that day did much more than help me see better, it saved my life.

For the better part of a year, I had been experiencing headaches. I had gone through some life changes — new job, change in living environment — and I was having pretty regular pain in the temples accompanied by blurry vision and pain behind the eyes. My doctor passed it off as stress-related and recommended an anti-inflammatory medication. The medication worked when I took it, but it wasn’t solving the problem.

My glasses broke, and it had probably been seven years or more since I went for an eye exam.

I was working in the Photo Center, right next to the Optical Center, and scheduled an exam during my lunch break. I was shocked that Dr. Gupta could see the bleeding. Luckily, she caught it in time. If the pressure had gotten high enough to blow a nerve, I could have lost my vision, or had a blood clot or stroke. She saved my life.

Now, the headaches are gone, and I’m getting more done because I don’t have them all the time. It’s the push I needed to also change my lifestyle. I’m eating a healthier diet and going to the gym more. I’m sleeping better. I’ve got new glasses and I can see better. Thank you, Dr. Gupta!

I owe much more than  a thank you to Dr. Gupta and the Sam’s Club  Optical Center team.

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Jessica Martin Ypsilanti, MI   Member since 2017