Question 1 : Q: My appointment has been cancelled. I’m a bit worried about not having my pressures checked. Is there something I can do?
A: You could contact your local opticians to have your eye pressures checked. Some optometrists will be happy to check your eye pressure free of charge but other may charge you the full price for an eye health check.
Question 2 : Q: What if I feel my vision has deteriorated and I’m not due to be seen for four months?
A: If you feel your vision has deteriorated it’s important to contact your consultant. You can call the hospital switchboard and ask to speak to an eye secretary, or as to speak to your consultant’s secretary. Explain the situation and ask if you can be seen. If you’re not able to do this, ask to speak to the Patient Advice and Liaison (PALS) department or the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO), either of whom should be able to help you.
Question 3 : Q: My appointment has been cancelled or delayed. Should I be worried?
A: If your glaucoma is well controlled with eye drops and there has been no deterioration, having your routine appointment delayed to a later date shouldn’t cause problems. It’s important to be extra diligent about taking your eye drops at this time.
Question 4 : Q: I’ve heard that I mustn’t touch my face, eyes and mouth. How can I safely put my drops in?
A: As long as you wash your hands thoroughly before putting your drops in, it’s fine to carry on as you’ve always done. If you want to you can wash your hands afterwards as well. Make sure you continue to practise punctal occlusion - putting your finger on the corner of your eye on your tear duct for at least one minute after putting your drop in.
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