A trip to the optician helped save a Helen Treacy's life after experts found she had a potentially fatal condition.

Helen, 30, from Liverpool had been experiencing blurred vision and headaches before her mum persuaded her to make an appointment to have her sight tested.

Mum Barbara said she had become concerned about her daughter and suspected the problem was vision-related: 'As soon as she told me, I knew something wasn’t right.'

Potentially deadly condition

Helen was examined by Adam Ormrod, optometrist at Specsavers in Belle Vale. During the digital photogrpahy of her eye, Adam concluded her symptoms suggested she had the dangerous eye condition called papilloedema.

This is a rare condition which causes the optic nerve to swell and if left untreated, can lead to brain damage, blindness or a life-threatening brain tumour.

Adam said: 'I’ve been working as an optometrist for 11 years and this was only the second case of papilloedema I had seen.
It’s a potentially deadly condition if it isn’t treated quickly.' 

'It was a relief to diagnose Helen in the early stages of this condition as it is dangerous and needs immediate investigation to ensure it does not lead to blindness or become life-threatening.'

Helen was immediately issued a course of medication, which successfully treated her eyes,   though she must now go to hospital every three months to receive lumbar punctures to reduce any swelling.

Helen's advice

She said: 'I would strongly advise people to have regular eye tests. You are supposed to have an eye test every two years. I had my first aged 30 and I am living proof that catching something early could be the difference between life and death.'

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