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Joanne's eye check unearths cancerous tumour
4:00pm Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
A ROUTINE eye check unearthed a shock diagnosis for Joanne Dixon - a potentially fatal cancerous tumour.
Mum-of-one Ms Dixon popped into her optician while out shopping after seeing flashing lights in her vision for several days.
Using digital retinal photography Rupal Patel, an optometrist at Specsavers in Long Wyre Street, spotted irregularities in her right eye and referred her to Essex County Hospital that afternoon.
A series of tests diagnosed a 6.8 milimetre tumour in Ms Dixon’s eye and she wasquickly referred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, where doctors began radiotherapy treatment to shrink it.
Had the rare choroidal melanoma been 0.2 milimetres bigger, the Bupa nurse would have had to have had her eye removed.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Gazette