A teenager has thanked Specsavers in Caerphilly after an eye test led to the discovery of a potentially life-threatening brain tumour.

Emergency appointment

18-year-old Anthony Jones visited the store after experiencing blurring and double vision in his left eye.

He was seen by ophthalmic optician Robert Evans, who identified that he was suffering from papilledema, the swelling of the optic nerve due to pressure caused by a tumour.

He has recovered well since having surgery but still takes medication daily and has regular blood samples sent to a laboratory.

An extremely grateful Anthony says: ‘I was absolutely shell-shocked when I found out that I had a brain tumour. I hadn’t been feeling quite myself for some time and my doctor had put this down to flu, so I can’t put into words how I felt when I was told what was actually wrong.

‘My experience really goes to show that sight is an important indicator of your overall health. If the health of my eyes hadn’t deteriorated so rapidly I don’t know when it would have been found.

‘I can’t thank Specsavers enough for their part to play in all of this. Robert acted quickly after my eye test, knowing that I needed further investigations to get to the bottom of what was wrong.’

‘Horrific ordeal’

Robert Evans, from Specsavers in Caerphilly, said: ‘For a teenager, Anthony has been through a horrific ordeal and we are so pleased that he has recovered as well as he has.

‘As this case shows, anybody, of any age, can develop problems with their eye health, which is why having regular sight tests and visiting your optician if you experience pain, discomfort or abnormalities with your vision is so important.’

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