A routine eye test on 44-year old mum of two, Joanne Cowens from Southport, led to the discovery of a brain tumour the size of an apple.
After experiencing some peripheral sight loss, Joanne booked an appointment with Specsavers in Southport where optometrist, Asif Akhtar carried out a series of tests which found a 25 per cent loss in Joanne’s peripheral vision.
Quick acting optometrist
Asif, who works across Specsavers in Southport and Formby, immediately referred Joanne to Walton hospital where she underwent scans and tests which identified a large tumour in her head.
In May, Joanne underwent sensitive brain surgery which saw the removal of part of her skull and titanium plates added. Despite having to give up her licence until her sight has fully recovered, Joanne is grateful, ‘If it wasn’t for Asif’s commitment and dedication to his work, I wouldn’t have known about it and the effects would have been worse.’
Specsavers recommends everybody visits a trusted and experienced optician every two years. Not only will this ensure their eye health remains in optimum condition, it will also help to detect any underlying health problems.
'Although Joanne’s case is very rare, I did experience something similar on my first week after qualifying when an eye test discovered that a little boy had swelling of the brain; that reassured me I was in the right career and saving lives,’ Asif concludes.