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Drastic, life-changing experiences are often what drive people to succeed – something that is evident in both the Olympics and in optics

11 Aug 2016 by John White

The Brazilian beats have been inspiring Britain’s sportsmen and women to Olympic success of the gold, silver and bronze variety – and in turn have been inspiring the millions of us glued to the television at home.

And while these standout achievements are a testament to years of unflinching dedication to their respective sports, so often we hear that there is also a moving backstory that has driven these Olympians on.

Last night, for example, I learned that Chris Mears, part of the pair that won Great Britain’s first Olympic diving gold medal in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard, had been given a 5% chance of surviving after having collapsed with a ruptured spleen in 2009. Yet he was back performing in the Commonwealth Games a year later.

Out of the pool and over in the eventing arena, OT found out about William Fox-Pitt’s return to health after a fall that left him in an induced coma only last October.

Describing how his sight was affected following the fall – “my double and blurred vision made me feel very aware of my disability…I could ride on the flat, but jumping was tricky when one fence became four” – Mr Fox-Pitt turned to the Dorset-based team at Shaylers Vision Centre for help.

William Fox-Pitt

After the team designed a visual therapy programme bespoke to the British eventer’s needs, which included syntonic phototherapy, Mr Fox-Pitt was able to return to Olympic competition.

Another moving patient story that emerged this week was Ralph McMurray, a retired police officer, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer following a sight test.

Speaking about the eye examination and diagnosis, Mr McMurray said: “I am so glad I went for that eye test as the cancer would have only got worse and I may not even be here now. I am so grateful for the treatment and care I have received from Wardale Williams Opticians and at the hospitals.”

If you have an inspiring story of a patient who has had a life-changing experience relating to their sight, please do get in touch with the OT team.

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