Brian thanks staff for saving his life

Aidan McHugh, pre-reg optometrist; Suneil Raj pptometrist director; and Brian Petrie.
Aidan McHugh, pre-reg optometrist; Suneil Raj pptometrist director; and Brian Petrie.

An Ashington man is urging people to have regular eye checks after being diagnosed with a brain tumour that was spotted by his optician.

Brian Petrie had been suffering from severe headache and loss of vision in his right eye, while friends had noticed distinctive changes in his behaviour and appearance.

The 61-year-old had also grown confused and his driving had become affected.

Brian, a father-of-two, visited Specsavers in Ashington where he was referred to Newcastle’s RVI by optometrists Aidan McHugh and Suneil Raj as they had concerns about the pressure behind his eyes.

The retired paramedic was then diagnosed with a brain tumour after an MRI scan, undergoing treatment in March last year. He was given the all clear in July.

Brian said: “After my visit to Specsavers everything just happened so fast. I thought at first I probably just needed glasses but then Aidan and Suneil informed me that they were concerned and wanted to refer me to the hospital.

“Obviously a brain tumour was not the diagnosis I expected but I remained positive and fought it with my loving family and friends by my side.

“I would like to thank everyone at Specsavers Ashington, especially the eagle-eyed Aidan and Suneil.”

Suneil Raj said: “Circumstances such as these highlight the importance of regular eye appointments as part of your healthcare routine.

“We are pleased that Mr Petrie has now been given the all clear and we wish him all the best for the future.”