Eye Growth

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Hello

im so worried as ive been told i have a growth at the back of my eye.  Naturally im assuming the worst.

my symptoms are: vision loss and flashing in the eye.

is there anyone out there i can talk to?

Are there any non-cancerous growths that can affect the eye like mine?

thanks in advance

 

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    Hi leigh

    You didn't say who informed you of the growth and how much information they gave you. Can you perhaps speak to your GP and ask him or get him to refer you to someone who knows more about it.  If you look things up on the net without knowing more you will give yourself so much more worry.  I do hope you can see someone soon who will know what they are talking about and give you the help that you need

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      Hi ya.

      Thanks for your reply.  I was initially told i had a detached retina from a eye hospital in london and even turned up for the op.

      On the day i was sent home again saying i had a growth on the back of my eye.  Im not sure if he meant inside or at the back on my eye ball.  I was too shocked.

      The dr said he would refer me to a specialist as he only deals with detached retinas.

      the worry is killing me inside.  Im trying to put on a brave face but its hard.

      this was sunday but havent heard anything as yet.  Does it mean its not urgent?  I dont know......

      i just want answers so i can get on with my life and family.

      there is all sorts going through my mind.  Now even more since ive looked on the net and now im convinced its bad news.

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    Hi,

    I know the waiting is the hardest part but he will want to discuss it and find the best specialist to deal with it.  Please try not to torture yourself with worry, as I said before, sometimes looking on the web without enough knowledge can make it seem worse than it may be.  I hope you hear  soon but if not phone the doctor you saw or his secretary and ask him how long he thinks you will have to wait.  Now that you have had a few days you may be able to take in more of what he has to say.  Good luck! 

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    Hello Leigh, what a worrying time for you.  I agree with Isabel, telephong the hospital and try to speak to the doctor who told you this.  Tell him your mind is working overtime and you are finding it very distressing.

    I think the doctor sounds very off hand and he should have made certain you understood what he was saying, or rather, he should have made himself clear.

    Try not to imagine the worst and do get in touch with the hospital.

    Good luck Leigh.

     

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    Hi leigh

    i meant to ask if you went to an nhs hospital or private.  I live in Scotland and found the only way to get seen quickly for my eye problems was to go private.  I found an excellent surgeon who gave me so much confidence.  He explained everything he was going to do and made sure I understood him.  He also worked for the nhs but as i live outside his cachement area I had to see him privately. If you have health insurance perhaps you could use it.  Best wishes.

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      Hi ya.

      It was nhs but my hubby is willing to go private.  Can i ask what u had done ?

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    Hi leigh

    i had a macular hole at the back of my eye and needed a vitrectomy to repair it.  I then developed a cataract and needed that repaired.  I was lucky to find one of the best surgeons in the uk and from initially seeing him to my first operation was only a week.  He even phoned me from a conference he was attending in america two days later to see if I was okay.  Finding a surgeon who makes you feel like a person makes such a difference and I was always able to phone him if I had any worries.  You are generally given an idea beforehand of the sort of cost involved.  Dont feel alone as there is usually always someone on this forum to talk to.

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      Oh im glad your all sorted now and what a lovely surgeon!  One in a million! 

      Im trying to keep positive!

      Can i ask what ur symptoms were?

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      Isabel

      Do you mean this American doctor travelled to the UK to do eye surgery, or did you travel to America to have it done. If so what hospital did you go to in USA. and what was the surgeons name.

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      Hi,

      the surgeon actually works in the west of Scotland but as he is a leading surgeon in his field he often goes to America to lecture to other eye surgeons on the specialist operations he does.

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      Thank Isabel. Could you give me his name please, so that I could look him up and maybe get an appointment to see him. Also do you know what his 'specialist field is?
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      Hi,

      his name is Zac Coshy.  If you google his name you will get all the info on his specialities but he is exceptionally good at vitrectomy surgery.  Most other surgeons do a procedure where you have to spend about 2 weeks or more lying face down but with Zac you dont have to do that at all

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    I had a blank spot in the centre of my vision.  No pain but if I looked  at anything with my right eye  there was always a bit missing in the middle.  I was going to have to wait up to three months on nhs just to be seen and it is important to get treatment asap which is why I looked for a private surgeon.  I phoned to make the initial appointment and was seen within 3 days then  had op the following week.  Please feel free to get in touch anytime you want
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