Sue Perkins urges people to “take care of their eyes; after opticians identify father’s brain tumor
TV presenter Sue Perkins urged people to have regular eye exams after her father was diagnosed with a brain tumor following a visit to an optician.
In an appearance on BBC Radio Cornwall, the old one Great british pastry shop The host pointed out that opticians can identify underlying conditions like diabetes and glaucoma at an early stage.
Perkins’ father, Bert, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2017. She was initially identified by an optician six months before her death.
âI’ve been banging a drum for people to have their eyes checked ever since my father sadly passed away.
âOpticians are there for more than just subscriptions, they can check your eye health for conditions like diabetes and glaucoma,â she said.
She urged people to “take care of their eyes” and not ignore blurry vision.
“For those who fear having their eyes checked, the new technology looks like nothing more than a sigh on the eyeball.”
âPeople seem to think that there is nothing wrong with being confused with blurry vision because they would rather not be reminded that they are getting old.
âThe sooner you can get a diagnosis, the more likely you are to be pain-free,â she said.
Some opticians, like Specsavers, offer optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans, which can detect the first signs of health problems affecting the eyes.
This includes diabetic retinopathy, where the back of the eye is damaged due to complications from diabetes, and glaucoma, where the nerve connecting the eyes to the brain is damaged.
In 2015, Perkins revealed that she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor on her pituitary gland in 2007.
Talk to Good Housekeeping magazine, she said that one of the side effects of the tumor is that she is unable to bear children.
âWe live in a time and place where we believe anything is possible. I don’t know if I would have had children. But as soon as someone says you can’t have something, you want it more than anything, âshe said.