I thought I had a hangover but I was go­ing blind

Eye test saved Hairy Biker’s sight

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Sim­ple trip to op­ti­cian can save sight Dave had just mar­ried Lil­iana when he had eye scare Dave & TV part­ner Si “Life was be­ing good to me at the time. I’d got mar­ried. My ca­reer was go­ing great guns. “As a chef my sense of taste and smell are ex­tremely im­por­tant. But of all the senses, sight is the one I’d fear los­ing most. “My work is my pas­sion so it’s im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine do­ing all the things I love if I couldn’t see – rid­ing my bike, read­ing an au­tocue or pre­par­ing dishes.” Glau­coma is caused when fluid dam­ages the op­tic nerve. Treat­ment can’t re­store eye­sight but can pre­vent it get­ting worse. Dave said: “I put a drop in each eye last thing at night. That’s no real hard­ship and some­thing I do punc­til­iously.” Dave now gets his eyes checked once a year in hospi­tal and has a full ex­am­i­na­tion by an op­ti­cian ev­ery other year. And he says ev­ery­one should do the same. “With glau­coma there are no symp­toms. It’s no ac­ci­dent it’s known as the silent thief of sight. “By the time you’re aware of it, you may have in­tense eye pain, nau­sea, vom­it­ing and blurred vi­sion. “Most of us go to the dentist once a year. So why are we so slack about a sim­ple eye test? “It doesn’t hurt and it just might – as it did for me – save you from po­ten­tial blind­ness.” The chef is about to em­bark on a road trip across Bri­tish Columbia with Si. He said: “That wouldn’t be pos­si­ble if my early on­set glau­coma had gone unchecked. “I’m on an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney – and I don’t want it to end.” scoops@sun­daymir­ror.co.uk

An eye test doesn’t hurt and might – as it did for me – save you from blind­ness HAIRY BIKER DAVE MY­ERS ON WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK ONE

EASY TO SEE GOOD LIFE HAIR PAIR BUNCHDave is an am­bas­sador for Specsavers and RNIB. Find info on National Eye Health Week (Sept 24-30) at Specsavers.co.uk

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