optician thanked as Specsavers trip saves pensioner's sight
trip to an opticians in Burnham-On-Sea led to a life-changing
cancer diagnosis for local pensioner Michael Beaumont.
Highbridge resident, aged 69, has had a lazy left eye since a
young age which has meant his vision has always been poor, however
his wife recently noticed that his eye was very bloodshot so he
went to Specsavers in Burnham's High Street to see if they could
fit him in for an appointment.
it was a full clinic that day, Burnham optometrist Rama Venkat
was able to squeeze Mr Beaumont in and during the eye examination
he noticed a raised, grey area on the retina of his eye and immediately
knew something was wrong since the surface is usually flat.
suspected it was a melanoma but didnt want to alarm Mr Beaumont,"
Rama told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
explained that Id found an elevated area on his eye and
needed to refer him to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton for further
the eye department was able to see him quickly and confirmed that
it was in fact Chorodial Melanoma."
Beaumont was then advised that he needed to be treated at one
of just three units in the UK that specialise in eye cancer.
Liverpool Hospital he was put under general anaesthetic and a
radioactive plaque was inserted behind his eye. They also took
a biopsy of the tumour which was analysed to determine how long
the plaque should stay in for.
said: "It was a little bit uncomfortable while it was in
there but it was taken out after four days. The treatment was
a complete success and Im now fully recovered but the doctor
at Musgrove Park told me that if it had been left even two months
longer, I would have lost my eye."
now have to go for checkups at both Liverpool and Musgrove Park
Hospitals twice a year for the rest of my life, but thats
a small price to pay."
so grateful to Rama for fitting me in at such short notice and
the speed at which he referred me to hospital. As it turned out,
my bloodshot eye wasnt anything related to the tumour in
the end but it shows that if you notice any changes in your eyes
or your vision, its important to get it checked."
concluded: "Were just pleased that Mr Beaumont has
made a full recovery. We recommend a sight test at least every
two years or as soon as you notice any changes in your eyes or
vision. As this case shows, if a problem is picked up, prompt
treatment can make all the difference."