Local optometrist Dana Hawrami has helped save a man’s sight after finding signs of a tumour behind his eyes during a routine eye test at Specsavers in Grays.

Retired chauffeur Arthur West went to the opticians for a check-up following a cataract operation on his right eye the previous year. During the 79-year-old’s eye examination, Dana noticed an issue with Arthur’s peripheral vision, suggesting he may have bitemporal hemianopia; a condition affecting the outer edge of the vision field caused by compression of the optic chiasm.

Tumour found behind the eye

An emergency referral to Southend University Hospital revealed that Arthur had a benign pituitary tumour pushing against his optic nerve, which, if gone untreated, could have left him blind.

Arthur said: ‘I had noticed that I couldn’t see half of the clock face, but honestly I thought nothing of it. I was shocked to find out I had this lesion behind my eyes.

'It was amazing that they saw me so quickly and, within three weeks, I had the operation and was out of hospital. The staff at Specsavers and the hospital really have done me a great service and I can’t thank them enough.’

50% of sight lost is avoidable

A new report published by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Specsavers shows that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

Almost six million people in the UK currently live with sight-threatening conditions, yet 25% of people are not having an eye test every two years as recommended by the College of Optometrists. The extent of the problem means that nearly every family in Britain is touched by sight problems in some way.

Specsavers Grays store director and ophthalmic optometrist, Kiran Kaur, said: ‘Arthur is a perfect example of why sight tests should be done at least every two years. Almost a quarter of people ignore the first signs of sight loss and do not seek advice from an optician or medical professional.’

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