A ROUTINE visit to the optician has helped save a woman’s life after a cancerous lump was detected during an eye examination.
Denise Wallace, 41, was examined by optometrist, Bhavesh Kotecha at Specsavers in Bletchley, when he noticed a small lump on the back of her eye, which could have developed into a potentially life-threatening condition.
The store immediately contacted Denise’s GP and an appointment was made for that afternoon. She was referred to Windsor Eye Hospital and initial tests revealed the lump was non-cancerous.
She continued to return for regular check-ups at the eye hospital but eventually was diagnosed with a melanoma of the right eye, a condition that could have been life-threatening had the diagnosis not been made early on.
She said: “I am so grateful to Specsavers for noticing the irregularity in my eye test, without their thoroughness I may not have known about my illness until it was too late.
“I urge everyone to have regular sight checks as you never know what health problems lie unnoticed.”
Mr Kotecha, who detected the irregularity, said: “We’re so pleased that we were able to help Mrs Wallace and get her to see her GP as soon as possible and thanks to the thorough tests at the hospital since then, they have been able to diagnose this condition more recently.”
Since the diagnosis Denise has continued to receive treatment at St Bartholemew’s Hospital in London.
Denise is grateful to her optician and is now urging as many people as possible to have their eyes tested so that doctors have the opportunity to pick up any potential illnesses before it is too late.