A big hearted man has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK through volunteering work after turning his life around following a shocking diagnosis that saved him from complete blindness.

Dangerous misdiagnosis

Robert De’prose, 50, knew something was wrong four years ago when he noticed a line through his vision in his left eye.

The concern led him to visit a nearby opticians for his very first eye test at the age of 46 where they were suspicious that something may be wrong, however following some initial scans he was sent home when they claimed they had it wrong. 

It wasn’t until two years later when his vision started rapidly fading that he decided to go to his local Specsavers store in Romford for a second opinion.

Optometrist Gajan Singh Seehra alerted Robert to the fact that the fluid pressure in his eye was triple the norm, a red signal for Glaucoma, an eye disease that often results in complete vision loss.

Robert was instantly referred by Gajan for emergency treatment at Queen’s Hospital in Romford who confirmed the diagnosis of Glaucoma and operated immediately, and thanks to the speedy referral from Specsavers Romford, saving the sight in his right eye and from needing his left eye removed completely.  

Sobering news

Following the neglect to his eyes years before he was left with pinprick vision in his left eye, but thanks to the treatment he regained 20-20 vision in his right eye and is now having his eye health monitored every three to four months to ensure his sight is on top form.

Robert said: 'I’m incredibly blessed that I was cared for by the Specsavers staff and they were able to refer me so quickly. Hearing the news was really sobering but I have to thank every single person involved in saving my sight.

'Without it I couldn’t care for my mother who has no one else to look after her and is my absolute world.'

Life changing

After the life-saving operation Robert is now determined to dedicate his time to fundraising for charities. 

Store director Kevan says: ‘Robert was incredibly lucky he did come to us in the end, if he had waited any longer he could have gone blind. Too often people put off sight tests, just as they do with the GPs, thinking they may be overreacting, but ultimately the saying really does ring true that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

'We recommend everybody, both existing and non-glasses wearers, visits a trusted and experienced optician at least every two years. Not only will this ensure their eye health remains in optimum condition, it will also help to detect any underlying health problems.’

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