We were delighted when we received this message on Facebook:

'I went to the opticians one day last year, expecting the usual 'all fine' results.

After doing all the tests, the optician sat me down in a room and said I needed to go to my local hospital straight away and hand them the letter she had printed.

Raised pressure

I was scared so I asked her what was wrong and all she could tell me was I had raised pressure at the back of my eyes which could indicate something serious.

I got to my local hospital afterwards; and was diagnosed with Intracranial Hypertension, which could of caused me to go blind in the best instance if left any longer.

The intracranial hypertension meant swelling and pressure around the brain which can be life threatening.

I'm glad I got it treated. I now have a shunt in my spine that drains the pressure/fluid from my brain.

Thanks so much to the lady optician in the Walton On Thames branch of Specsavers!!

I'm so grateful to you.'

Laura Gould

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