The campaign is Talk to your optician!
The theme is about boosting optician awareness of pituitary tumours. The aim is to make opticians and the public aware of the importance of eye tests in checking your health – especially for pituitary tumours!
I was diagnosed with a Pituitary Tumour after it was detected by my local optician in Kildare. My field vision was diminished and I was having headaches but since I was only 6 months after giving birth I had put it down to hormones. However, my optician identified something right away and advised me to urgently see my GP. It was this swift action from my optician that saved my eyesight and within 2 weeks I was in Beaumont Hospital and had a craniotomy to remove the tumour which did save my eyesight and my life.
Pituitary disorders are considered rare. The most common problem with the pituitary gland occurs when a benign tumour, also called an adenoma, develops. Some pituitary tumours can exist for years without causing symptoms and some will never produce symptoms. However, some of the symptoms they can cause include headaches and visual problems. Most pituitary tumours occur in people with no family history of pituitary problems.
I would be so grateful if you helped me to spread awareness by sharing this email with your colleagues in the Health and Wellbeing division. And, if possible, any ophthalmology departments or medical newsletters so staff can print the attached poster and display it for both staff and customers to see. The more opticians and medical staff we make aware, the more patients can be diagnosed early.
Also if there are any patients with pituitary conditions please make them aware that the Irish branch of The Pituitary Foundation are having their AGM on Sunday, 12th of November in the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin – they can be found on Facebook @PituitaryIreland.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email, if you have an questions please feel free to email me or call me on 0879842852 or you can Get in Touch with The Pituitary Foundation which operates throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.