Every year, I have my eyes screened by the diabetic clinic as a matter of course.
The optician does a similar test, but without the use of eye drops, and my last eye test showed no problems.
Last year I had a bad reaction to the drops and a ‘bleed’ in my left eye.
I hadn’t actually noticed and it was someone at SW that asked me what I’d done.
When I got back to the boat, I looked up the paperwork I’d been given at the test and rang the number the following morning. No reply. Fat lot of good that was then.
I made an appointment with an optician and he noticed a slight deterioration in my eye and was concerned in case I had macular degeneration.
I made an appointment with my GP, who then referred me to the eye clinic at the hospital.
Luckily that didn’t reveal anything untoward and I should be called back after 12 months.
That time of year is here again and my appointment has come through for early December.
I have quite a trek to the hospital as we didn’t live here when the local names were put forward in August and the nurse said it was too long to leave it until next year, so they have fitted me in with the mobile unit some 20 odd miles away.
It’s a bit of a bummer as we intend to go down to MOH around then, but I’d rather get it over and done with asap. I rang the hospital and asked if it was necessary for me to have the eye drops for the test as I was anxious in case I had a repeat of last year’s reaction.
They’ve put a note on my file not to use the drops and hope they get a good picture as my pupils will not be as dilated as they’d like. If not, apparently I can be referred to the eye clinic at the hospital where they use slightly more sophisticated equipment without the use of eye drops.
The opticians have sent our annual reminder appointment letters for our eye tests. It’s really funny as the special offers relate to their office only. You can tell it’s automatically generated as otherwise they’d realise we are over 4 hours away!
Still, we’ll have a chat with the neighbours and ask who they’d recommend.