Retinal screening.

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Bluey

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On the 29th May I had a retinal screen at the hospital, for those of you who dont know what that is its when you have photographs taken of the backs of your eyes, they place drops in your eyes to open the pupils to their largest size to get a good veiw of the back of the eye.
Right well having missed the last two years due to the whole of the screening system closing down in Northamptonshire and being reorganised, I didnt expect much if any difference to when I last went.
This time they seem to be faster off the mark in getting back to you after the event, cus on friday I got a letter saying my results were being studied by a specialist and they would be in contact shortly, something I knew from experience (12 yrs) so thought nothing of it. In the past I've recieved a photocopied letter with about 4 boxes to be ticked and each time the box "your results were ok see you in 12 months" which then changed to "there are some background changes but are only minor and we'll see you in 12 months"
However this time I've recieved a ltter from the hospital with an appointment to see a consultant on friday of this week, the consultant in question is the "laserman" of the eye department, brilliant doc apparently, (my sister works part time in the evenings in the eye dept and knows all the doctors by name and sight)

Now this appointment, docs never tell you jack schitt so anybody with any knowledge of these things tell me what I'm likely to expect to face on friday??
Soo feeling a little aprehensive, should I consider painting my walking stick white?[:)] and get a dayglow harness for my dog?[:)]
 

simonelsey

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Just hope the equipment is good , I repair most of it ...If its got nidek or oclus on it I perhaps have looked at it ..

Should be ok ..

fingers crossed.
 

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I had it done last year for the first time cos of my diabetes.

They look for the signs of retinopathy which is when the blood vessels in the retina are damaged by high blood sugar levels.

Are you diabetic? Is your blood sugar under control?

If caught in the early stages then it should all be ok and they can help to stop it getting worse.

Losing your eyesight thru' diabetes is a real risk, not just something that happens to other people.
 

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I have been having the back of the eye photographed for at least 15 years. So far the answer has always been the same " Some signs of early diabetes damage " and their comments are that they would expect more damage considering I have had diabetes for 31 years now.

From what little I know the laser treatment is to stop the troublesome blood vessels to stop them rupturing, which I think is what causes the severe problems. I suspect the appointment you have will just be for the consultant to review your eyes ( probably wont dilate them unless they have told you not to drive there.) Then decide what treatment you require, if any, or agree to check them more often.

Good luck Bluey
 

Dave

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I read the topic as Rectal Screening lol
 

Bluey

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Originally posted by Dave

I read the topic as Rectal Screening lol

You would you silly arse![:D][:D][:D][:D][:D][:D]

Specsavers are doing a BOGOF at the mo if your interested.[:p][:D][:D]

Yup for my sins I've been diagnosed as diabetic since the summer of 1992. More or less inherited from both parents as they too were diabetic as were several of my aunts and uncles.
Most of my older reports came back with minor background changes, but nothing to worry about, this is the first time I've had to go to the consultant at the hospital, it looks like I gotta have drops again cus they advise against driving afterwards, so matbe just a more thorough check.
 

oldtart

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Got mine 25th june 4th time Ive been, so far so good, its me 74th birthday on the 26th so give us a reason to have a couple if the results are good [:T][:T]
 

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I've had the laser surgery to the back of the eye, I have central serous retinopathy, its done to try and stop fluid leaking under the retina.
My consultant did it, he's a top bloke [:T] In fact the whole department is a credit to the NHS
Everytime I go I have 3D pictures taken of the back of my eyes, I wait for 20 mins and he calls me back and we go over the pictures and compare them to previous ones. I get the results there and then and can ask any questions.

The laser surgery procedure is nowt to worry about, drops in, chin on rest, keep still, and if it's the one I had he takes aim and fires over and over with a foot pad. There's no pain
It's not true, you can't smell burning [:)]




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