Mother warns parents about importance of eye tests

Keira Dixon, 16, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour following an opticians appointment. ANL-140624-101216001
Keira Dixon, 16, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour following an opticians appointment. ANL-140624-101216001

A mother whose teenage daughter underwent lifesaving surgery following an eye-examination has reminded fellow parents of the importance of regular eye tests.

Keira Dixon, 18, from Sible Hedingham was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2014 after optometrist Greg Hybel spotted worrying signs when carrying out an eye examination at Wardale Williams opticians in Halstead.

The next day she was transferred Great Ormond Street Hospital and within five days underwent life-saving surgery.

Two years on the teenager is completing her A levels at Hedingham School and hopes to go on to study American studies and film studies in September.

Keira’s mother, Amanda, said: “Everything is going as well as it can do for Keira. However, it is at times like this that reminds me how glad I am we went for that eye examination, it saved Keira’s life.”

In 2015 Keira’s family teamed up with Wardale Williams to launch the Keira Campaign, aimed at raising awareness of regular eye tests. The campaign has raised more than £3,400 for children’s cancer CLIC Sargent, which has supported Keira.