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I am 64 and about two weeks ago banged my forehead on wash basin in downstairs loo( as there's not much space), then maybe a few days later I noticed seeing black flashes and my eye was quite painful. so i made appt for eye test had to wait 2 weeks .my own fault as I hadn't mentioned it.The optician diagnosed an occlusion at back of left eye and faxed my GP and also informed hospital. The next day I made appt to see GP one I hadn't seen before and had to read up all my notes, I'd been taken off Atenanol for BP and tried others which didn't suit,also a water tablet which made me nauseus and breathless. so I haven't had any blood pressure meds for months.I've been taking my own readings at home. I brought them in and the previous night's was sky high,gp asked why I'd taken reading again!! I'M now on Amias 2mg.Can anyone give me advice please on what to expect? Thanks

 

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    Hi Julie,  I'm not really sure what your question is.  You have been put on new medication with the aim of bringing down your BP.  

    Have you actually been referred to an Ophthalmologist?

    Are you going back to see your GP?  They will be concerned that if you neglect to take your BP drugs, you will have a stroke.

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      Hi mrsmopp , I'm unsure what happens when I go to hospital appt really. And the point about the bp meds is that I had to push GP to get him to prescribe..He's stopped my naproxen and omeprazole( for joints and to protect stomach) . He was insensitive re me taking readings the night I was diagnosed at opticians- and I had to ask about my eye , if it's ok to carry on working etc. All he said was don't lift anything heavy. I didn't take to him and will ask for another GP . Also I had to push surgery for appt, got telephone call 5 hours later and listened to laborious history of bp. They weren't bothered about me being seen that day, had to choose GP who I'd never seen before. 
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      And what keeps going through my mind is that the optician was really sympathetic and was trying not to get upset - I read up last night and understand what wasn't said. To this GP I just seemed like a nuisance , that's how he made me feel.
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    Try not to worry Julie.  Have you got a hospital appt yet and if so, who is it with?  If it is with an Ophthalmologist, that is good and when you go, he will examine your eyes thoroughly.  He will probably put some dilating drops in your eyes so that he can examine the backs of your eyes.  It would be better to ask a friend to drive you if possible because the dilating drops make your eyes blurred and they take several hours to wear off.

    If you haven't got an eye appt at the hospital, then it is worth going to causalty [but probably not on a Sunday] and tell them what you have told us here.  You may be lucky and there may be an Ophthalmologist on duty in A&E but if not, they will examine you and probably refer you to the Ophthalmology clinic.

    You could ask your Optician if he has referred you to the hospital.  I would guess he probably hasn't but ask him for a letter that you can take to the hospital.  He will know the clinic days.

    In the meantime, continue to take your BP drugs and try not to worry too much.

    I am guessing you are in the UK

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      Hi again, thank you for your help mrsmop, I've had all that done at the opticians on Monday , the dilating of pupils and dye in for cornea. The optician faxed my GP surgery Monday evening also the eye dept at hospital, but I've not had an appt through yet . Yes it is UK . This opticians can do the specialised tests for floaters and the local Walk In Centre will recommend patients making appointments there. I will be going to main hospital which is about 12 miles away. I don't drive so will be travelling by bus. Thanks for your help I appreciate it 😊
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