Of course, we all know that it’s wise to have an eye test regularly, but I found out recently how very important it is. I had some trouble with my left eye, nothing serious I thought, but had been back to the doctor and the optician as I had a symptom I felt was not right. It was only slight – a pain in my left eye, particularly when I closed my eyes. I almost ignored it, but on the last visit to the doctor, I was advised to return to the optician and ask the optometrist to measure the pressure in my eyes once more and check again all round the eye. This I did, and having told him the symptom he knew what to look for. He told me I may have narrow angle glaucoma, a serious condition. He immediately gave me a letter to take to the doctor, asking for an urgent referral to hospital. The doctor did his bit, and thought I would be sent for within a week! He was being optimistic. I’d already been told that a routine appointment wait is now up to a year, but didn’t know how long I’d need to wait for an urgent appointment. Within 2 days I received a letter, which stated that 2 of our nearest hospitals had waiting list just to be seen of over 100 days, and the nearest hospital was even worse and I needed to phone for an appointment.

This I did at the first opportunity, and was told the wait is between 15 and 20 weeks, by which time I could have lost my sight. At that point I decided my need was so great that I would pay for my treatment privately, although I could have some help with funding the initial appointment from a Mutual Society of which I am a member. Within 2 days I saw a consultant and on the same day had some laser treatment to try to prevent the loss of my sight. This will probably not be the end of it; due to my age I shall most likely need surgery on both eyes, similar to cataract surgery although I don’t have cataracts. If my sight can be saved I shall be so grateful. Without it, we will be in a difficult position at home. I am the only driver and carer for Mike, my husband, and getting him to hospital appointments, which are quite frequent will be difficult, but no doubt we shall overcome these problems.

I would urge everyone though to have regular check-ups and if you have any symptoms, however small, do not ignore them. It could change your life.

The photo this time is dear Tarka; I’ve warned her that if she’s not good, I’ll exchange her for a guide dog! Only joking of course. She’s such a wonderful friend and is looking good today as I took her to the grooming parlour for the complete works.


13 thoughts on “Just one reason to have your Eyes Tested

  1. Sorry to hear about this but glad you got it sorted in time. Do you think you’ll you have to go private for the operations too? The NHS seems to be in a terrible state these days. So sad. It used to be something we could be proud of. (We can still be proud of the staff, of course, they do an amazing job under terrible pressure.)

    1. Thank you for your comment. It seems that the laser treatment had a really good result and I don’t need the surgery now. I probably would have had it done privately as the delays for that type of surgery are immense, but thankful now that it’s not necessary. It almost seems like a miracle to me that this can be cured so easily if caught in time. I agree with you about the staff in the NHS. They are really struggling to do their best.

  2. Our medical system is shocking, Chris. Let’s hope that when or if you require surgery you won’t have to wait a year. Just shaking head ….

    1. Thank you Amy. It seems that I don’t need surgery at present, but will need to be monitored. Still have some problems and trying not to use computer too much, which is hard! Love to look at your photos all the same. xx

  3. Sorry to read about this, my Grandad has a similar condition, he was shot with a pallet gun when he was a teenager and the bullet lodged behind his eye, he was told it was better to leave it there than dislodge it but now he’s in his mid-70’s it has started to cause problems with pressure, he also has glaucoma although I don’t know if this would have come on anyway without the bullet. He had a catarract done though and doesn’t have to wear glasses which is good. My other Grandpa had a tumour behind his eye many years ago when they didn’t treat with lasers they just removed his eye, sight is so precious and you are so right about going for regular check ups, I try to go every year although now you mention it I’ve not been this year :/.

    I hope that this procedure fixes everything for you it is worrying the waits now.

    1. Thank you Charlotte; the laser treatment seems to have done the trick as far as saving my sight, but I still have other related problems. Maybe I have to live with them now. Your Grandad has certainly lived with his for a long time. I’ve been lucky with my sight up till now, but age is catching up I suspect. Not a lot I can do about that. It’s better than the alternative. Your other Grandpa must have suffered with his eye problem too. Very best wishes to you and keep singing with your beautiful voice. xx

  4. Hope things have turned out well, my Dear Chris. …As for myself, I avoid doctors and checkups like the proverbial plague! You make me think, tho. …Tarka looks nice. Love to You all. 🙂

    1. I can’t say I blame you for avoiding doctors, but it’s a necessity sometimes unfortunately! Tarka is nice, except with other animals. She just wants to attack, which is rather sad. I have tried to persuade her otherwise, but I don’t know her previous history, as she was 6 years old when we rescued her. Old habits die hard as they say.

      1. Hello, Chris! As for doctors, have managed to avoid them even now, when I was having ‘toothache’ and things! As in the case of Tarka, Old habits die hard! 🙂

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