The team at Specsavers in Paignton recently doffed their caps to Brain Tumour Research by raising awareness for the charity during Wear A Hat Day. They joined stores nationwide to officially sponsor the charity to help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

Karen Stone, store director at Paignton, said: ‘Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too. A routine test allows opticians to detect serious issues that can be both sight and, in some cases, life threatening – including brain tumours.

Expert help

Karen added: ‘We use sophisticated technology to help alert us to more serious health issues. This includes optical coherence tomography – which uses light waves to create a detailed 3D picture of the retina – and digital retinal photography, which takes a detailed image of the back of the eye – the only part of the body where the circulation of blood can be directly observed. Images can be compared on future visits to keep a watchful eye on a patient’s health.’

Fundraising support

Wear A Hat Day has raised over £1million since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago and funds raised will be used to build a network of experts in world-class, sustainable brain tumour research in Centres of Excellence across the UK.

And there is still time to support the charity, please visit the website or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5.

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