Amber Carter attended Haine & Smith in Chippenham after suffering sickness and severe headaches for several months.
She explained: “My GP suggested I saw an optician as I might need glasses. I was so desperate I booked an eye test with Haine & Smith straight away. The optician gave me an urgent referral to the Royal United Hospital in Bath and the next day I had an eight-hour operation to remove a benign grade 1 tumour”
Examined by optometrist Anna Lewin, who has worked for the independent for over 10 years, Ms Lewin noted that the 23-year-old’s optic nerves were swollen and referred as a matter of urgency.
Barry Smith, co-founder of the independent, said: “Amber’s case illustrates how important it is for people of all ages to have regular eye tests. In addition to checking any deterioration in vision, a number of underlying health problems can be revealed by your optician looking at your eyes.”