A member of staff at Fulham Football Club’s Academy is urging people to make time for regular eye tests, after a routine eye examination uncovered a tumour the size of kiwi fruit behind his right eye. 

Routine check-up

John O’Brien (50), head of London recruitment at The Fulham Academy, was diagnosed with a high grade brain tumour following a routine check-up at Specsavers South Harrow earlier this year.


The father-of-two popped into the store on route to a football match for a drop-in appointment, and was referred immediately to hospital by optometrist Nund Vyas, who spotted irregularities behind his right eye. He was diagnosed and operated on within days.


Having now completed his follow-up treatment, John wants to help raise awareness about the importance of regular eye tests. John says: ‘My story shows just how important eye tests are. I thought I just needed new glasses, but I actually had a brain tumour. If I hadn’t gone for an eye test when I did, I probably wouldn’t be here now.

I can’t thank Nund, the team at Specsavers and the medical teams enough for their swift action. I would encourage everyone to make time for their regular screenings.’


Nund Vyas, optometrist at Specsavers South Harrow, says: ‘We’re glad John came to see us when he did and that he had swift access to the treatment he needed. His experiences show how important eye examinations are, not only in testing your vision, but also in the detection of a number of potentially harmful issues.’


Specsavers uses digital retinal photography to capture images of the back of the eye. These photographs can be used in the detection and monitoring of a number of potentially harmful conditions. The service is offered as part of a routine eye examination to all, or when a GP or optometrist recommends it.

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