Dad’s tumour spotted on safety goggles shopping trip

M-EYE HERO ... Barry Hall (left), whose life was saved during a routine eye test at his local Specsavers in Peterlee, County Durham, when eagle eyed optician Mark Huddart (right) spotted a cancerous tumour during the examination.
M-EYE HERO ... Barry Hall (left), whose life was saved during a routine eye test at his local Specsavers in Peterlee, County Durham, when eagle eyed optician Mark Huddart (right) spotted a cancerous tumour during the examination.
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A DAD was saved when a routine eye test spotted a cancerous tumour.

Barry Hall, 51, had popped into his opticians to buy some safety goggles, unaware of his potentially deadly condition.

The Peterlee worker said: “I just went to get the goggles and my routine eye test was due.”

Mark Huddart, director optometrist at Specsavers, in the County Durham town, carried out the eye test and after spotting something was up, referred Barry to a specialist.

Barry said: “Mark did his normal examinations then told me that I had a shadow behind my eye and he wanted me to get it checked out at the hospital immediately.”

“Mark referred me to the Sunderland Eye Infirmary for a specialist to have a look.

“My wife and I went one morning. I had a feeling by that point that something was wrong.

“The consultant then told me I had a malignant tumour.”

The father-of-three, of Peterlee, was referred to The Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre to receive treatment.

He said: “Obviously, being told you have a tumour is a big shock. I couldn’t really believe it. I just had to get my head around it quickly and go for treatment to get it sorted.”

“I’m not doing too bad now. My eye still looks sore but it’s doing OK.

“I’ve got to go back down to Liverpool in November for a check-up. In the meantime, I really want to raise awareness about the condition.

“I had absolutely no symptoms. The tumour was at the side of my eye, so I didn’t see any flashes or shadows.

“I would urge everyone to have regular eye tests.

“I’m so glad I went to the 
opticians. I would never have gone to the doctor as I didn’t think there was anything wrong,” he said.

Mark added: “When Barry came to see me I knew something wasn’t quite right.”

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