It didn't help that in July when I had the diabetes check I was told that although everything looked fine I would probably be invited to a follow-up check-up. I explained that she should make a note that I would be in France for the next 6 weeks and any appointment should be made after that. She made the appropriate notation ...
When I returned to England I had two notices from the Glaucoma Clinic. They look exactly like the notices for the Diabetes Clinic. The first was for an appointment at the end of August. The second was telling me that since I'd missed the appointment they were referring me back to my GP. I felt like a very naughty little old lady!
After a bit of two-ing and fro-ing my senile mind understood the complexities of the issue! Yesterday I attended the Glaucoma Clinic!
The first thing was an eye test -- administered by someone other than the doctor. I had great difficulty reading very far down the eye chart with my left eye. In fact when I took the eye test in the States last May I had the devil of a time and was greatly relieved that I managed to get through it. Last March I was so worried about my ability to read highway signs until on top of them that I went to my optometrist and got new glasses. I was amazed during yesterday's exam when after having difficulty, the
Anyway, after the doctor examined me, and checked the eye pressure and put two sets of drops in and I asked him why I was having so much trouble seeing clearly. He said it would be because of the cataract -- which I knew I had and which I have been assuming was the problem. I then asked him a number of questions about when did they deem it appropriate to have them/it removed. He told me a good indication was when there were problems driving!
More discussion, more tests. At least I wasn't sent away to book another appointment to come back another day to do these tests. What was really strange to me was suddenly being confronted with the next stage. I had the impression that I was being referred back to my GP to discuss the options of where I wanted to have the surgery done. Private hospitals in various places were mentioned -- as well as different NHS hospitals (I think!!!). Or I could continue going to the Eye Clinic were I was and have the surgery done in Ormskirk (8 miles away). I made the decision to stick with where I was and am now in the NHS pipeline for whatever is next.
When I asked 'how long' he replied it would be in a few weeks. 'After Christmas'?, I suggested. He indicated it probably would be (I think!)