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Wolverhampton optician saves eyesight of city boxing coach

An optician in Wolverhampton has saved the eyesight of a prominent city boxing coach.

Richie Carter almost lost his eyesight after sparring with his son

Specialist opticians, Flint and Partners Optometrists, is remaining on hand to help people with acute emergency eye problems amid coronavirus.

The opticians, which has sites in Codsall, Wednesfield and Wolverhampton, has made the decision to remain open and doing so has saved the eyesight of Richie Carter, head coach at Wolverhampton Amateur Boxing Club.

The company's decision aims to ease the burden on GPs and hospitals, treating patients with infections, injuries and other sight threatening conditions.

Richie had been sparring in the garden with his son and sustained a blow to the right side of his head.

A few days later, knowing something wasn't quite right, Mr Carter called Flint and Partners to explain his symptoms and an appointment was arranged for him to attend for a consultation at the Tettenhall Road practice.

Using specialist tests, a tear was found in his retina that could have lead to blindness if left untreated - an appointment was arranged with a surgeon at New Cross within the hour, and his eye was operated on the following morning.

Mr Carter said: "I can't thank Flints enough, Mr Lyons - the fella who dealt with me - got me sorted straight away, diagnosed my problem and got me into the hospital - he saved the sight in my right eye".

Anyone with concerns about their eyesight can contact Flints on 01902 422096.

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