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Rainham man’s sight saved by doctors after tell-tale tumour signs spotted during eye test

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 September 2017

Arthur West (right) had his eyesight saved by doctors after optometrist Dana Hawrami spotted signs of a tumour during an eye exam. Photo: Specsavers

Arthur West (right) had his eyesight saved by doctors after optometrist Dana Hawrami spotted signs of a tumour during an eye exam. Photo: Specsavers

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A Rainham man’s sight was saved by doctors after his optometrist spotted warning signs of a tumour during a routine eye exam at Specsavers.

Retired chauffeur Arthur West visited the opticians in Grays for a routine check-up after having an operation to remove a cataract in his right eye last year.

During the 79-year-old’s eye examination, optometrist Dana Hawrami noticed an issue with Arthur’s peripheral vision, suggesting he may have bitemporal hemianopia; a condition affecting the outer edge of the vision field caused by compression of the optic chiasm.

An emergency referral to Southend University Hospital revealed that Arthur had a benign pituitary tumour pushing against his optic nerve, which, if gone untreated, could have left him blind.

Arthur said: “I had noticed that I couldn’t see half of the clock face, but honestly I thought nothing of it.

“I was shocked to find out I had this lesion behind my eyes.

“It was amazing that they saw me so quickly and, within three weeks, I had had the operation and was out of hospital.

“The staff at Specsavers and the hospital really have done me a great service and I can’t thank them enough.”

A new report joint published by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Specsavers shows that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

It is believed that around six million people across the UK are currently living with sight-threatening conditions.

Specsavers Grays store director and ophthalmic optometrist, Kiran Kaur, said: “Arthur is a perfect example of why sight tests should be done at least every two years.

“Almost a quarter of people ignore the first signs of sight loss and do not seek advice from an optician or medical professional.”

Other results from the survey showed that Brits check their teeth more often than their eyes; 42 per cent visit the dentist once every six months (equating to four times over two years); while 25 per cent of UK adults have not had an eye test in the past two years or at all.

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