27.04.2012

Teacher saves pupil"s sight

Teacher saves pupil"s sight

By Alexa Kaczka

A teacher from West Yorkshire has helped to save the sight of his pupil by spotting the early symptoms of a potentially blinding condition.

Richard McAvoy, who works at Drighlington Primary School on the outskirts of Leeds, first spotted a problem with ten-year-old Reagan Tolson"s eyes when they began watering in class and the youngster complained about it.

"My first thought was that he could have been tired or concentrating on his work, but when he kept saying he was having difficulty I knew it needed to be flagged up with his parents," he told the Morley Observer.

It turned out to be a wise decision, as a visit to his opticians, and a CAT scan at his local hospital resulted in Reagan being diagnosed with buphthalmos, a form of juvenile glaucoma.

He was immediately admitted to hospital, where his condition was treated before it could worsen, and he now enjoys a normal life and only has to apply eye drops occasionally, his mother Cheryl explained to the newspaper.

"What happened to Reagan was completely out of the blue, and just highlights how important regular eye examinations for children are. I would urge all parents to make that quick trip to their local opticians – it could really make all the difference," she added.

by Adrian Galbreth


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