A mother has told how a routine visit to Specsavers helped save her son"s eyesight.
Sharon Emmerson, 32, told the Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette how she took her son, Kallum, 13, for a routine eye test at Specsavers in South Shields and she was very glad she did.
Optometrist Bryan Clark spotted something was wrong and referred Kallum to his GP who then sent him to specialists at Sunderland Eye Clinic.
He was found to have a possible retinal lesion which can lead to the serious condition of a detached retina.
Mr Clark said: "Kallum came in complaining of blurred vision and headaches over a four-week period. [He] was in danger of losing the sight in his left eye. It"s quite rare, I see maybe two or three a year."
Mrs Emmerson urged everyone to get their eyes tested, particularly if vision changes or becomes blurry.
Earlier this month it emerged that having an eye examination can lead to other health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, being diagnosed.
by Emily Tait