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'Eye test saved daughter's sight'

A chance eye test saved the sight of Dr Susan Iles's teenage daughter. A retinal detachment was diagnosed when 15-year-old Elena accompanied her short-sighted sister to the optician.

'Elena asked the optician if she could have her eyes tested too,' said Dr Iles, a GP in Woodford Green, Essex.

Within days of the diagnosis Elena was having cryo and buckle surgery to secure the retina.

'Every child can have a free annual eye check but very few parents take that up,' said Iles.

Elena had reported no eye problems but Dr Iles said her daughter may have subconsciously known the sight in her right eye was not as strong as her left.

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