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65 woman.  Just had annual eye check and was shocked when Optician at Boots said "no need for stronger prescription this time.  Your glaucoma has risen slightly".....Glauocoma...I never knew I had it.   He said "put it to the back of your mind and dont worry there are ops nowadays"...Needless to say I left absolutey stunned.  This was last week and I dont want a wait to another year to see how it is then.   What should I do?

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    You need to get a copy of the report done on your eyes with the actual pressure readings.   Then go and see your own GP,taking the report with you. He/she will decide on whether to refer you to an ophthalmologist for a further opinion.  That sounds a very casual remark to say "forget it". Yes,there are ops available but I would hope that if your pressures are rising the optician would know that it is usually controlled in the first instance by drops,so that the op stage is never reached.

    I can only assume the pressures are lowish although higher than your last examination.   Why do you have Annual eye checks? Do you have another eye problem?  Checks for changes in sight for glasses are usually every 2 years.

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      Thanks Marina, I will  certainly do that.   Everything you say makes more sense.   Boots the Chemist have people over 60 every year instead of 2 so that they can pick up any health changes.   Not that they seem bothered anyway by the look of things.  
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    Get referred to the eye hospital as soon as possible.     Very bad advice to tell you to put it to the back of your mind, and probably impossible anyway!     Very likely that the hospital will be able to sort it out without an op.    
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    Go to an opthomologist as soon as possible who will give you eye drops to lower your pressure. There are other alternatives but they start with the least inconvenient which are drops before it goes any further.
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    Hi Caroline, I think I am right in saying if your eye pressure is over 21 in either eye, your optician has to refer you to the Eye Department at your local hospital as part of the Nice guidelines. Apparently Glaucoma is only diagnosed when there is damage to your optic nerve and I really can't believe an optician would be allowed to call your condition Glaucoma and then not either refer you to the Eye Clinic, so you can be properly monitored and be given eye drops to bring the pressures down. If I were you I would go back to your optician and what your eye pressures are to put your mind at rest. Take care and please try not to worry.

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