Battling Karl reveals how he beat eye cancer

Eye Cancer survivor Karl Wane, officially opened the new Vision Express opticians, Spinning Gate Shopping Centre, Leigh, pictured with store manager Clare Raynes

Eye Cancer survivor Karl Wane, officially opened the new Vision Express opticians, Spinning Gate Shopping Centre, Leigh, pictured with store manager Clare Raynes

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A BRAVE eye cancer survivor has spoken out about his battle with the condition more than 30 years after he and his family received the terrifying diagnosis.

Karl Wane of Pemberton did so after being invited as the VIP guest to officially launch the new Vision Express store in Leigh as part of his crusade to help others with the same illness.

The 33-year-old was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma in the early 1980s.

As part of his treatment, he underwent radiotherapy and complex cobalt plaque therapy which is a radioactive implant at the back of his eye. It saved his life but he is registered blind. Now he has urged others to seek help at the earliest sign of something wrong with their eyes.

Karl made his appeal after becoming an ambassador for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), which is a nominated charity of Vision Express.

He said: “Since suffering with the cancer I have become a passionate ambassador for CHECT in the borough. It’s so important to me to educate people to look out for possible signs of eye cancer and to go and get it checked straight away. I was so lucky and hopefully, others can be too.”

Karl was guest of honour as the new Vision Express was unveiled at Spinning Gate, Leigh. The new store boasts of new facilities and equipment to help deliver an individual and thorough vision care service to residents.

Vision Express recently acquired Conlons Opticians which had traded in Leigh for 38 years. The outlet has now undergone refurbishment.

Store manager Clare Raynes said: “Our Leigh team has many years of experience and loyal customers from our years of trading in the town and we’re proud that we’ve built a loyal customer following.”