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I was referred to a consultant by the optician, who found an old scar from a mild bleed near my retina. He said it could have been caused by lifting something heavy (which I had) and looked as though it was healing, but because both my parents have glaucoma, he wanted to refer me. I saw a very inexperienced consultant, who appeared to be unable to operate the equipment correctly, who prescribed me eye drops and booked me in for laser treatment. I asked about the condition of my eyes, and about the bleed. She said I had no glaucoma, no sign of the bleed, normal eye pressure and perfect field vision. I asked why I should have the treatment, and she just said I have indicating factors. I am 53. My parents are both in their 80s and have bright red, weeping eyes from the eye drops, they have both had several types of drops, and they all seem to irritate. I have read that the laser treatment works well to reduce pressure, and can be repeated in a few years if needed, but might not work so well the next time. Would it not be better to wait until I actually need it? I really don't want to spend the next 30 years with painful eyes, but I don't want to go blind young either! Is there some way I can get a second opinion?
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