Question 1 : Q: How did COVID-19 impact glaucoma care in 2020?
A: COVID-19 had an enormous impact on glaucoma care in 2020, with appointments being postponed and surgeries being cancelled. Find out how much has changed here.
Question 2 : 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 optometrist (optician) to ask if they would be willing to check your eye pressure. They may charge you for this. You can then tell your consultant the result of this test and they can decide if you need to be seen early.
Question 3 : 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 4 : 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 5 : 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. You may also find dispensing aids are helpful in reducing how much you touch your face - see our page on eye drops for more information.
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