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Nicola's glad she went to Specsavers

A mum of three owes her life to Specsavers after an optician found a brain tumour during a routine eye test.

Nicola Ferdinand from Langtoft, went to Specsavers at the Burghley Centre in Bourne for the test but during the test, the optometrist found that her optic nerve was slightly discoloured.

Langtoft Specsavers woman (6754253)
Langtoft Specsavers woman (6754253)

Neil Stradling, store director and optometrist examined the 41 year-old and found a worrying anomaly in her eye.

He said: “Nicola’s test results showed a round black shape around the optic nerve of her left eye.

“From experience, this is often the sign of a much more serious problem in the head or brain that manifests itself as a problem in the eye, so I immediately referred Nicola to hospital.”

A trip to Peterborough City Hospital for an MRI scan revealed Nicola had a possible meningioma tumour in her brain and further scans at Addenbrookes Hospital saw her diagnosed with a an optic nerve sheath meningioma on her left nerve as well as three other meningioma tumours around her

Nicola said: “It was a total shock.

“I wasn’t expecting anything so serious.

“I’m hugely grateful to Neil at Specsavers - without his quick actions and referrals it could have been a lot worse.”

She received radiotherapy for six weeks to stop the optic nerve tumour from growing any further and to help relieve pressure on her optic nerve which prevented her losing her sight.

“The radiotherapy was successful in treating the optic meningioma, but in the process, it damaged the nerve so I have now lost some peripheral vision,” explained Nicola.

“With the other three tumours I am having yearly MRI scans.

“I would encourage everyone to go and have their eyes tested.

“It helped to pick up an anomaly in my eye in the early stages which allowed me to get treatment.”

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