Wisbech toddler, who has battled rare eye cancer, opens a new optical store in the town
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A Wisbech toddler, who has fought a rare eye cancer, officially opened a new optical store in the town.
Two-year-old Logan Brown and his family shared their story at the launch of the new Vision Express at Tesco.
Logan, his mum Hayley and dad Gavin are ambassadors for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust and were on hand to help cut the ribbon on the premises, home to sophisticated sight screening equipment.
In 2017, Logan was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (Rb), a rare and aggressive eye cancer, when he was just two years old.
“We first saw a strange white blur across Logan’s pupil when he was playing, and again when we were putting Logan to bed,” explained mum Hayley. “We thought it was odd so went online and googled which led us to information about retinoblastoma on the CHECT website.
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“We read that retinoblastoma was very rare but we could see that it was important to get Logan’s eye checked out straight away.”
Logan had his eyes examined by his local GP, and after an examination, an urgent referral to the local hospital eye department was made, where the ophthalmologist was unable to say what was wrong.
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Logan was urgently referred to see a senior ophthalmologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Hayley said: “Retinoblastoma is really rare and not every health professional will have seen it. We were so worried, we could see the white glow more clearly each day and it was horrible thinking that something was wrong but not knowing for sure”.
Logan was examined under general anaesthetic and suspecting retinoblastoma, the ophthalmologist referred the family to The Royal London Hospital the following day.
The following week Logan had his left eye removed. The operation was successful and he required no further treatment.
Hayley said: “Throughout all of this Logan has been his cheeky, mischievous, little self and taken it all in his stride.We are so proud of our little boy.”
Katie Griffin, Vision Express at Tesco Wisbech store manager, said: “We’re here to help residents ensure their vision is the best it can be.
“We have over 100 ways to test your eyes, to assess how they’re working and help detect serious conditions.”