Store director Dr Josie Forte recently visited the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at Plymouth University, one of only four centres in the UK.

She was proud to see such a progressive research centre in Plymouth finding treatments and cures for brain tumours.

Brain tumour facts

Brain tumour research receives only 1% of the national spend on cancer research. Yet it is estimated that 16,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour and there are 120 different types of brain tumour.

The importance of an eye test

Plymouth group store director, Dr Josie Forte said: 'The good news is that thanks to advancements in technology used during an eye test, an optometrist can be alerted to more serious health issues, including signs of some brain tumours.

'An analysis of the visual field is commonplace in opticians today using an instrument called a perimeter, as is digital retinal photography, where a detailed image of the retina at the back of the eye is captured. Visual field plots and digital retinal images can be compared on future visits to keep a watchful eye on a patient’s eye health, which may also indicate conditions affecting beyond the eye itself.'

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