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my sister has cateracts and "some other " vision problem in the eyes,(she an alcholic and heavy smoker) shes had tests and the results were sent to a consultant and she has been waiting(now for 3 weeks) for a further face to face consultation with the consultant at the specialist eye hospital in Manchester.Shes on her own ,cant see to get about and life is becoming very difficult. i told her there is some urgency around this and she should go to her GP and ask to them call up and expedite this. Q can i pay for consultation -privately and then use that diagnosis to get on NHS waiting list for any treatment? are there any pitfalls hear? thank you
i have done some the usual internet browsing as to what the problem might be what are the possibilities and the chances of her getting her sight back ...she stopped drinking and im paying for a weekly therapist for her
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how long has she been having vision problems?
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vision problems about 2 years
i see you are writing so i will wait for your response
she also complains about pain in the top of the eyeballs she has been diagnosed with cataracts but they dont want to treat until they understand the other problem
there are a number of problems that this could be
glaucoma, retineal hemorrhage, retinal tear, are some of the common conditions
i understand what is likely?
they would however usually be diagnosed but sometimes there can be difficulty in diagnosis
i see you are writing again, you need to wait till i have completed my answer or we will just be cross talking
i will wait till you complete your response
she has this in both eyes ,what are the things that can be treated to improve her her eyesight what are the non treatmentable leading to total blindness....shes almost at that stage now ....shes left it that long due to drinking and mental health problems
ok please hold on till i complete my answer
since she has drinking problems and there has been steady detoriation in vision most likely is some retinal problem
retinal hemorrhage, retinal tear, retinitis pigmentosa are some of the possibilities
most retinal problems can be fixed by treatments like laser surgery
some problems like retinitis pigmentosa are untreatable but they are very rare
ok thats encouraging
but for now, the only thing to do is wait till the next consultation
the other part of my question about expediting diagnosisby paying for consult and then getting on NHS list ?
i was coming to that
there is now no need to do that
this is because she has been having this problem for 2 years now
there is nothing special that can be diagnosed so quickly that would come out before 3 weeks
i do not see any need to try to expediete the next appointment
i know but her life is a basket case and shes trying to get going again
wait for the appointment as scheduled is my advise
but she would have to wait for the diagnosis
treatment can begin only after that
you would not really be able to get an earlier appointment so quickly before 3 weeks
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i dont agree surly quicker diagnosis quicker possible treatment?
but a quicker diagnosis would not be made earlier than 3 weeks
the new private consultant would not come to a diagnosis so quickly since earlier doctors were also unable to come to a diagnosis
he would again order more tests etc which would take time
and it would be nearly 3 weeks by then at least
so wait in NHS system is your advice ...last question
please go ahead
hello you have given me poor service
may i know the reason for that?
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OK i understand your concerns , let me answer as precisely as i can.
First your medical responses were adequate ....retinal problems are largely treatable / ameliorated through laser except in rare cases.You didnt answer my question -can i pay for consultation and then use that diagnosis for NHS treatment....your responses was to wait.Also i believe some consultants run 2 waiting lists 1 NHS and one for private practice ....private practice gets you seen quicker....i know this because i have used this service for my back problems....this is why i gave you a poor rating because being told to wait is an easiest answer for you to give and i dont personally believe if it was a member of your family that would be your response to that situation.