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50 lives saved by sight tests in 2015

25 September, 2015
Jonathan Daly who had a golf ball-sized brain tumour detected by his Specsavers optician
Jonathan Daly who had a golf ball-sized brain tumour detected by his optician

Specsavers has honoured National Eye Health Week (21 – 27 September) by praising staff who have detected signs of life- and sight-threatening conditions during regular eye examinations so far in 2015.

50 serious illnesses detected 

With more than 50 serious illnesses picked up so far, the figure serves to raise awareness of the importance of eye health and eye examinations and acts as a reminder of the range of conditions now detectable through regular sight tests. 

Six-year-old Iysten Phibben from Wales

Among those who lives have been saved is six-year-old Iysten Phibben from Wales. Iysten was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening brain tumour discovered by his optician, Heather Williams at Specsavers in Aberdare. In addition, 60-year-old Grandmother, Sandra Wilson also received treatment after she was alerted to brain aneurysm by her optician, Sinead Connolly at Specsavers in Elgin.

Two million people in the UK living with sight loss

Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss – which equates to approximately one person in 30 – and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) predicts that number is set to increase dramatically in the future.

Clinical spokesperson

Dr Nigel Best, Specsavers clinical spokesperson, says: ‘A lot of people don’t realise how much we can detect through their eyes. There’s still a relatively low awareness about retinal screening technology which can be used to detect anything from high blood pressure to diabetes.

Free eyecare under the NHS

At Specsavers, we’re urging everyone across the country to think of eye tests as a part of their regular healthcare routine. ‘It’s also important to remember that eligible customers are aware of their rights to free eyecare under the NHS, so there really is no reason to miss an eye test.’

Managing director of Specsavers

John Perkins, managing director of Specsavers, says: ‘Everyday I’m reminded of the dedication and expertise of our staff. In particular I’d like to highlight David Hill at Specsavers in Newmarket for detecting a brain tumour that saved the life of Jonathan Daly and Natalie McMillan at Specsavers in East Kilbride who detected a brain tumour saving the life of eight year old Luke Brand.

My thanks go out to everyone at Specsavers involved in helping to get these 50 individuals back on the road to recovery.’

Free digital retinal photography

Specsavers stores nationwide also offer free digital retinal photography as part of the routine eye examination to anyone aged over 40, or when a GP or ophthalmic optician recommends it. The process uses a digital camera that can detect and monitor many conditions, including glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure and tumours.

Find your nearest store to book an eye examination or please call 0800 068 0241