A mother of two from Tenby has thanked Specsavers in Pembroke Dock after a check-up helped to detect a potentially sight-threatening brain tumour.

Sudden deterioration

Peta Spiller, 37, visited her local doctor after experiencing a sudden loss of vision and was advised to contact her nearest Specsavers store.

Following a two-hour test at Specsavers, Gary Owen, store director and the optician who tested Mrs Spiller, contacted a hospital-based ophthalmologist and arranged an emergency appointment for her that day. At her local hospital, she had a CT scan which discovered a lump on her brain.

She was transferred to the neurological ward in Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales for an MRI scan, which confirmed that Mrs Spiller had a pituitary tumour. This can put pressure on the optic nerve and cause sudden and substantial loss of vision. Mrs Spiller underwent three hours of surgery to remove the tumour.

Her eyesight returned to normal within 48 hours of her operation, but she remained in a high-dependency ward for four days and was then transferred to the neurology ward for a further four days.

‘Very fortunate’

Ms Spiller said: ‘Looking back, I feel very fortunate that Specsavers could see me so quickly and carry out such an in-depth test, I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t had the test that day. They made sure I was seen by a specialist straight away, which gave me the best chance of having my sight fully restored.’

Gary Owen, director at Specsavers in Pembroke Dock, said: ‘Peta’s experience is an important example of why we must respond quickly to any changes in our sight and visit an optician, who has specialist and advanced knowledge of eye care.

‘Thankfully, most of the customers we see at Specsavers in Pembroke Dock are healthy and well, but at times we do see people with more serious conditions, which only highlights the importance of looking after your eye health.’

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