A teenager was just days away from dying when the team at Specsavers in Whitstable spotted a deadly brain tumour.

Spotted by an optician

Ethan Sayer, 16, had been suffering migraines and frequent fainting fits for the past 18 months. Ethan and his mum, Claire, visited the GP on numerous occasions trying to find the cause of his symptoms. As his condition worsened, the doctor told them it was down to the migraines, and prescribed Ethan migraine tablets.

Wanting to check every possibility, however, Claire booked an appointment at Specsavers. Store director Siobhan Fennell – who performed the check-up – immediately noticed the pressure on the back of Ethan’s eye.

Immediate referral

She referred him to a specialist ward at Ashford Hospital, where the results of a blood test and MRI confirmed a tumour and fluid build-up in Ethan’s brain. Ethan was immediately taken to Kings College Hospital in London with his mother.

Arriving at 3am in an ambulance, a surgeon explained to them the danger of his condition. Ethan underwent emergency surgery that same day to divert the fluid in his brain. He has since fully recovered from his migraines and his fainting fits have stopped, needing only to attend check-ups every four months.

The importance of sight tests

This case, and many others, are valuable reminders that regular eye test are essential and should not be underestimated. Ensure you and your family are in good health and book an eye test today.

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