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EXCLUSIVE: Ixworth woman glad she went to Specsavers - it saved her life

Corin Sergent, 22, was diagnosed with a brain tumour after an eye test at Specsavers. She had an operation to remove the tumour but has been left blind.

Pictured: Mum GInny, Corin and Christina Chen

Corin Sergent, 22, was diagnosed with a brain tumour after an eye test at Specsavers. She had an operation to remove the tumour but has been left blind. Pictured: Mum GInny, Corin and Christina Chen

A woman says her life was saved by a visit to Specsavers after an eye test helped to diagnose a large tumour in her brain.

At Christmas, Corin Sargent, 22, of Ixworth, started getting hayfever-like symptoms including a watery eye and headaches.

She visited the doctor in January but was told it was just migraines and sent away with tablets.

In February, she had an eye test at Specsavers in Bury St Edmunds, where optometrist Christina Chen noticed she had an enlarged optic nerve and referred her to an eye specialist at West Suffolk Hospital.

In April, Corin underwent a invasive eight-hour operation to remove a large meningioma from her brain which had been pressing against her the back of her eye.

Although she is now blind in her left eye, with limited vision in her right, Corin is determined to rebuild her life.

“Had I had gone sooner then I may not be in the position I am in today,” she said.

“If I hadn’t had gone to the opticians that day I could have been completely blinded or not be here at all.”

On Tuesday, Christina, from Specsavers, visited Corin at her home to see how she was following the operation.

“I am so pleased to see how well she is doing”, she said.

“When she came to see me in February her vision was still very sharp. It shows it an eye test is not just about getting your prescription and getting new glasses.”

Corin, who worked as a carer at Blackbourne View Shetered Housing, said she was having to relearn how to do even the most basic of tasks.

“They have put me up for walking stick training but eventually I would like to get a guide dog, but that is a long process,” she said.

Her mum, Virginia, said it was a shock when they found out about the tumour.

“She was first told it was a lesion, which in my mind didn’t sound to much of a big deal.

“But when they said it was a tumour I just went numb.”

Corin advised people to have their eyes checked regularly, even if their vision hasn’t changed.

“Go and get your eyes checked,” she said.

“I hadn’t gone for four years and my vision was fine up until January.”

Virginia said the Greyhound Pub in Ixworth has decided to raise money throughout the year help to support Corin.

 

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