Eye test revealed boy's brain tumour

Piers and Susanna chat to Fiona Brand about how an eye test helped reveal a brain tumour in her son Luke. During the examination the optometrist identified a small shadow behind his right eye that turned out to be a tumour.

Though cases like this are extremely rare, it's important that young people get checked so underlying problems can be detected early on.

We speak to Fiona and Luke about their experience, plus Charlotte finds out more about the importance of checking your child's eye health.

Does your child need a sight test?

As part of our Eye Can See campaign, we're asking parents and teachers whether their children and pupils have had their eyes tested - and what they can do to make it happen.

Does your child need an eye test? Ask your self the questions below, making a note of how many you answer 'yes' to.

  • Does your child sit too close to the TV?
  • Does your child rub their eyes a lot?
  • Does your child hold objects very close to their face?
  • Does your child blink a lot?
  • Do you ever notice one of their eyes turning in or out?
  • Is there anyone ion the family with Amblyopia (lazy eye)?
  • Are the parents long or short sighted?

If you answer yes to one or more of the questions above, then It might be time to book a sight test for your child. You can arrange this at any opticians if you have any concerns about their eyesight. Sight tests are free for under-16s and the NHS contributes to the cost of children’s glasses.

If you answered no to the questions, hopefully your child's sight is fine but don’t forget to ensure that you take your children for regular sight tests at least every two years because problems can occur at any age.

Sometimes there can be no symptoms of an eye problem. If your child has never had an eye test or vision screening (organised by school, health visitor or an orthoptist), ask if the school provides them or book an appointment to speak with your local optician.

Find out how and where you can book your child in for a free eye test

Check your child's eye health with GMB's Eye Can See campaign

Our eyesight is one of the most important senses we have. But has your child had an eye test? If you haven't taken them for an eye test, or they haven't been tested at school, we have the details you need to know.

All eye experts agree that its essential for four-five year olds to have a vision screening test, but a Good Morning Britain investigation has found that while every child in England should be tested in school, tens of thousands of children are NOT being tested, putting their sight at risk.

Furthermore, many parents are not taking their children for eye tests, because they do not realise that they can get them for FREE in specialist eye health centres, or through high street opticians.

Does your child need an eye test? Take our quiz

That's why Good Morning Britain is launching a campaign to make sure every four-five-year-old child in England gets a test at school. We are also encouraging parents to take responsibility for their child's health and make sure they book in for eye screening.

So how can you get involved?

Brave Hope opts for leg amputation

I was a bit afraid that if I was to ask the doctors they would see it as me giving up but it was the opposite.

– Hope Gordon

Hope Gordon is an aspiring swimmer and rower. Three weeks ago she took the decision to amputate her leg. Hope suffers with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and has suffered with searing pain in her left leg for a decade. So, after crowd-funding £10,000 she opted to have the operation.

HRT dangers underestimated

The risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may have been underestimated, experts have said. Taking the treatment to combat the effects of the menopause could mean that women are 2.7 times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who are not, a new study found. Women taking combined HRT are more likely to develop the disease, with risk increasing the longer it is used, the study found.

‘It’s about perspective … it depends how you see how big that risk is’ says Dr Hilary on new HRT cancer risk. He points out that the risks of smoking and being overweight can have a greater effect on cancer.

Thousands are waking up to find their operation is cancelled

I don't think fines should be necessary

– Dr Hilary Jones

New research from the Patients' Association has found that thousands of people are waking up prepared to have surgery - only to have their operation cancelled on the day.

More than 90,000 patients reportedly have had to wait more than 18 weeks for routine procedures, leaving many feeling fed up, in pain and financially worse off.

Bed shortages is biggest reason for the cancellations, with those whose lives are at risk prioritised.

Watch the above video to hear Dr Hilary explain more about why this is happening and what's being done about it.

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