Most optometrists and eye care clinics offer free eye exams for new patients.
In most cases, this is done simply to add new patients to the roster in hopes that the exams will result in returning customers. One pre-teen in New Zealand, however, walked into an eye care clinic looking for a new pair of specs and left with a new lease on life.
Eleven-year-old Micayla Clark-Mackenzie walked into a Specsavers store in Whangaparaoa with her mother in search of a new set of frames to replace the pair she'd been wearing since she was eight.
Never ones to pass up a good deal, she and mom opted for the free eye exam Specsavers offered. During the exam, the optometrist noticed severe swelling behind the girl's eyes.
Not wanting to alarm them before making a diagnosis, the optometrist referred Micayla to a specialist to conduct further tests.
When the results came in, it was revealed that Micayla had an 8-centimeter cyst pressing against her brain. The cyst had likely been growing behind the girl's eyes since birth.
Along with the tumor, Micayla also had hydrocephalus, a condition which prevents brain fluid from draining properly.
Five days after her shocking diagnosis, Micayla went under the knife to drain the cyst. Doctors drilled holes into her skull as part of the invasive procedure.
Left with only a horseshoe-shaped scar and the possibility that she may have to have yet another surgery to insert a shunt into her brain, Micayla is on the road to recovery and is getting better each day.
(via NZ Herald)