Konnie Rowe, aged 21 from Burnham-on-Sea was suffering from headaches, which she put down to eye strain but her new optometrist at Specsavers Burnham-on-Sea found something else.

Diagnosis brain tumour

Konnie visited the store in October 2015 when optometrist Rama Venkat noticed swelling at the back of her eye and referred her urgently for further tests.

Her headaches became worse resulting in emergency appointments at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and at the Southmead Hospital in Bristol. After several investigations, including a MRI and an EEG Konnie was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The size of a golf ball

The specialists at Southmead Hospital carried out a six hour operation to remove a tumour the size of a golf ball and just three days later Konnie was discharged.

A word from Konnie’s optometrist

Rama Venkat, Specsavers Burnham-on-Sea optometrist, says: ‘Konnie came into the store suffering from headaches. I carried out a routine eye test but as soon as I saw the results from her visual field test I knew it was something more serious.

‘The fundus image of the back of her eye confirmed my suspicions and I referred her urgently for further medical investigations. I am delighted to learn that Konnie has had the best care in the diagnosis and treatment of her condition and I am grateful to her GP and all the hospital consultants who have helped her in her recovery. 

Living life to the full

Konnie gradually returned to work and just six months after her operation she joined her mum and her nan to run the Race for Life. She said: ‘I can’t thank Rama at Specsavers enough. He is so dedicated to helping people through his work and he literally saved my life.’

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