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Mother’s life saved through routine sight test

Optometrist spotted that Megan Turner’s optic nerve was badly swollen and referred her to hospital

19 Sep 2019 by Emily McCormick

A mother-of-three, who presented for a sight test at Specsavers in Exeter after suffering from debilitating headaches, was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension following an urgent hospital referral.

The optometrist who examined 22-year-old Megan Turner made the urgent referral to the Royal Devon Hospital after noticing that the patient’s optic nerve was badly swollen.

Intracranial hypertension can be the result of a severe head injury, stroke or brain abscess. However, for Ms Turner there was no known cause.

Speaking about her diagnosis following the sight test, Ms Turner said she was “extremely grateful” to Specsavers. “I’d been looking for answers to my headaches for months. If I hadn’t gone for my eye test, it could have ended very differently for me. I could have lost my vision completely – or even died,” she explained.

Following her diagnosis at the hospital, Ms Turner underwent a number of procedures in order to reduce the pressure on her brain.

Despite seeing specialists prior to visiting Specsavers, nothing was identified.

Ophthalmic store director of Specsavers in Exeter, Scott McGowan, said: “Positive outcomes such as Megan’s are the highlight of what we do here. I hope that stories like Megan’s can encourage others to keep up with their regular eye health checks as part of their sight test.”

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