How a Vision Express eye test helped save 14-year-old Molly’s life

On the 11th September 2023: A simple eye test at Vision Express helped to save the life of Molly Holman, 14, from Herefordshire, following a stint of headaches and some clumsiness.

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Initially, the family were told to go home and wait for the results to come through but when they got in the car they were called back by the consultant. He ushered them into the family room and told them that Molly had a brain tumour and needed to be transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for surgery. Molly’s first operation was held just 48 hours later.

“Molly’s tumour was nearly a quarter of the size of her brain, and its growth not only had asignificant impact on her optic nerve but was dangerously close to her brain stem, making it difficult to remove. If we had not discovered it sooner, the impact on her may have been catastrophic.” Molly underwent several procedures over the course of two months to remove the tumour and is now considered tumour free.


National Eye Health Week takes place 18th – 24th September, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

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