Will I still be able to get my eye treated?

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Joe90
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31 Mar 2020, 12:40 pm

I'm in the middle of appointments for an eye problem I've been having in the past 3 or 4 months. The last time I went I got tested to see what is wrong with my eye, and I've been given special eye drops to take until my next appointment, when I will see the consultant, but it isn't until late April.

I have heard that they are suspending all cancer treatment to make room and time for coronavirus patients, so if essential life-saving treatment like that is being cancelled then I suppose my eye treatment will be cancelled too, which is essential too because whatever I have wrong might affect my vision, which frightens me.
My eye treatment appointments are not in a hospital exactly, but at an eye clinic. But I'm still worried that my appointments are going to be cancelled due to prevention of spreading coronavirus.
I can't seem to find any information on the internet about the current circumstances at primary care clinics.

What are people like me to do? I can't lose my vision. :(


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31 Mar 2020, 12:44 pm

Did you try contacting the clinic directly?

My mother gets needles in her eyes for macular degeneration. She will go blind without monthly treatment. Her ophthalmologist is still treating people for this condition in hospital, because it's a vital service.



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31 Mar 2020, 1:07 pm

^ have you got the telephone number of the clinic in question?

(Well, that’s what happens when you leave a thread open to remind you to respond before having dinner: you ask a redundant question because you can’t see subsequent responses :lol: )



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13 Apr 2020, 7:41 pm

This issue is a concern for me as well. Since 1977 I've had around 30 attacks of iritis (anterior uveitis), which can result in damaged vision or even blindness if not treated promptly. Just keeping my fingers crossed that it will be possible to get treatment if it recurs over the next few weeks or months...


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28 Apr 2020, 3:18 pm

You should both be able to get your treatments.

Joe90, as others have said, contact the clinic directly by phone, they will be able to tell you what changes are happening for you.

DeepHour, that condition is what's deemed a red flag as it can endanger your eyesight. An emergency like that will always get treatment.

Edited to add- please don't delay in getting treatment. Yes, Covid is a very serious issue for all of the NHS, but we are still open for everything else!