Referral to eye clinic more or less straight away?

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I saw my GP this week regarding what I believe is blepharitis - slightly inflamed eye, lids sticking together at night, 'tired' eyes feeling which gets worse during the day and loss of eyelash colour.  He wants me to have another eye examination at the opticians (I had my eyes tested in June), but then said he will probably refer me to the hospital eye clinic after this.  He didn't really examine my eyes, just looked at my eyelashes.

I expected him to give me different eye drops - I've been using Cardomer eye drops for 7 years for dry eyes - or talk through treatment for blepharitis, so was rather thrown by this.  Have others been more or less referred straight away to their ophthalmology department?

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    My daughter has suffered with blepharitis for years. GPs are useless with eyes and I'd be very careful what you use with blepharitis. Hot flannel plenty of water and sleep and my daughter uses blephasol from boots which is fantastic.

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      Thank you, Hol.  Yes, I got the impression from the GP that he just didn't 'do' eyes and preferred to refer.  Anyway, I'll see how I go with the optician and thank you for the tips about a hot flannel and Blephasol.

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      Rest the hot flannel over the eyes will help break down be over growth of oil on the lashes that you can then wipe away with blephasol.

      No never it's a great product and she's been using it over 5 years now. Some suggest using diluted baby shampoo but I'm not sure on that.

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