Vision Express has relaunched its Aylesbury store this month with help from Buckinghamshire youngster, Fintan Morley-Smith, who had life-saving surgery to remove both of his eyes after battling a rare eye cancer for the first six years of his life.
Fintan, now 10, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (Rb) when he was just four months old, after his parents noticed he had a squint and took him to see a doctor.
“We were in shock,” Fintan’s dad, James, said. “We just thought he would need some strong glasses or something – we couldn’t believe it.”
Fintan was immediately referred to hospital and underwent chemotherapy treatment. But, at four years of age, he had to have one eye removed in the hope of saving the other.
The next step was cryotherapy treatment but unfortunately, when he was six years old, Fintan’s parents made the heart-breaking decision to have his other eye removed, when doctors revealed the cancer hadn’t gone.