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December 8th, 2006

Dandy

Eye test

Hospital appointment for the eyes today....arrived in the car park at 1.50 for a 2.15 appointment.Had the preliminary checks more or less on time ,both eyes quite satisfactory,reading letters from the diminishing size chart, and then a wait,sitting in a corridor for an hour.The nurse apologised to the patient following me,when he complained.She was lovely,a bright smile and a pleasant manner. I was seeing the doctor here for the first time. In Burnley I had been going for about four years about four times a year.There was glaucoma in the family,my grandfather was totally blind when he died and my father had lost most of his sight,after taking drops for years,so I had been entitled to free eyetests for the last twenty years. In Burnley I was prescribed drops "as a precaution" but I was never told there was anything wrong.Here the man was quite straight,Burnley had informed him that I was suffering from glaucoma,had they told me which kind,I didn't even know there was more than one kind.Why couldn't Burnley have told me, if they told him. At my last appointment there I had been given nine months instead of six...no suggestion there was anything wrong.......
There are things they can do to prevent eye sight loss, what was a wait of an hour. My grandfather went blind. In some countries in the world there are no opticians available to ordinary folk, at least there is a chance they can save the sight...
oh what a year it has been....