CPD and Education library

Study and gain CPD points through OT’s online CPD exams, and access archived CPD and CET articles, Practice team resources and Skills guides in our Education library

Find out more

Science and vision

News and features about the latest scientific developments and advances in optometry, ophthalmology and eye medicine

Find out more

Professional support

News and features about the latest developments relating to professional support from across optics. This includes updates from optical organisations such as the AOP and the GOC

Find out more

In practice

News and in-depth features about business management and career development in optics

Find out more


Explore the latest UK and global jobs in the optical sector for optometrists, dispensing opticians and more

Find out more

Mother’s life saved through routine sight test

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

Megan Turner
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.”