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Optometrist notice hemorrhage at back of eye but hospital appointment is nearly three months


I had my regular eyetest with Specsavers and mentioned I had developed a really big floater in my eye which appeared recently. From the regular test I had to go back & have eye drops put in & found that I had a hemorrhage right at the back of my eye. This was a couple of weeks ago, the optician was really nice but said I must see my GP asap to refer me for further investigations. I got the impression that I needed to see someone pretty quickly but the appointment at the hospital isn't until the end of June. Do you think that this is ok I am worried as I don't know much about these things waiting this length of time?

Answer Written answer:

Sometimes a hemorrhage can be a one off event, that can happen spontaneously without further consequences. But they always need investigating in case further problems occur. They can sometimes be caused from high blood pressure or diabetes, so as a next step (if you haven't already been) I would suggest you have this checked by your GP. Then I would ask the practice if you can see the optometrist again for a few minutes to see if he or she can check your retina again and see if it is any worse. If it's resolving then you are better placed to wait for the hospital appointment, otherwise if worse, the optometrist may be able to expedite matters.

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Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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