Tumor detected in time through visit to local optician

MONTROSE man David Findlay is counting his blessings and recovering from a cancerous tumour spotted by an eagle-eyed optician.

The 39-year-old visited his local Specsavers after noticing deterioration in the quality of his vision, but having no clue that he had a tumour in his left eye. Mr Findlay was subsequently diagnosed with malignant choroidal melanoma which would have resulted in the loss of his eye if untreated.

David said: “I was expecting to be told that I needed glasses. I had no idea that something so serious was wrong.”

When optometrist Shafiq Mohammed tested David’s eyes he immediately suspected a serious problem and referred him to Ninewells Hospital for further tests.

He was then referred to Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow where he was treated using a radioactive plaque.

David said: “Without the team at Specsavers I would have lost my eye. I would advise people to take the time and take advantage of free eye tests, which after all has saved my sight.”

Bridgeen Johnston, optometrist and director at Specsavers Montrose, said: “Although conditions like Mr Findlay’s are rare, his experience really does demonstrate the importance of regular eye examinations.

“My former colleague Shafiq only worked with us on a temporary basis but his swift actions helped to save Mr Findlay’s eye.

“An eye exam can show us so much more than whether or not someone needs glasses – the eyes can be a window to your general health and can warn of other conditions including glaucoma, diabetes and, in a small number of cases, more serious issues like Mr Findlay’s.”