A Bromyard businesswoman believes a routine eye test potentially saved her sight as it found an issue that needed urgent hospital care.

Karen Jones, 53, praised optometrist Tasadiq Dad at Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care in Bromyard, who was so concerned with her extremely high eye pressure that he referred her to hospital the same day to be seen as an emergency.

Ms Jones said: “I’m very grateful. His prompt action could very well have saved the sight in this eye. The branch staff were wonderful, but then again they always are.”

She was treated at Hereford County Hospital for uveitis, an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, called the uvea or uveal tract, and attended Scrivens for a follow-up check and routine eye test at the Broad Street opticians.

Her high intraocular pressure was caused by her reaction to steroid drops prescribed for the uveitis, but she was unaware of this additional problem. The medication was changed as a result and her treatment course is due to finish soon.

Ms Jones was said to have an eye for design in her work as she trades in vintage antiques in Leominster.

She also sells Frenchic furniture paint and teaches paint effects for furniture at her Bromyard home.