Coventry woman diagnosed with condition after eye test ‘knew something was wrong’

A Coventry woman who was diagnosed with a serious condition after experiencing a worrying symptom said she had a feeling “something was wrong”. Karen Rogers was told she had a brain aneurysm following a routine trip to Specsavers.

Worker Karen booked an appointment at Specsavers in Canley in May last year after noticing blurred vision in her left eye which “won’t go away”. Tests showed her eyes were healthy, prompting the 64-year-old to be referred to her GP.

Karen was then referred to UHCW in Walsgrave, where she was told she had a benign brain tumour, but in the days that followed she felt her symptoms were “getting worse”. She was later diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, which is a swelling or bulging in a blood vessel, according to the NHS.

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Karen, from Canley, said: “I noticed my vision wasn’t right and thought it was best to be seen by a professional. I didn’t want it to get any worse so I went to Specsavers to see what the problem was.”

Harpreet Bhara, Ophthalmic Director at Specsavers Canley, who recently completed an accreditation which allows her to refer people more effectively, was on hand to help Karen.

She said: “When Mrs Rogers came for her appointment she mentioned that she had blurred vision in her left eye. From her eye examination, which included the use of an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) scan that provides a detailed structural scan of the eye, we could see that her left eye was healthy. During her test, she couldn’t read the entire line of letters on the chart, and I suspected the problem was neurological.”