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My friend has been told by the optician that she has some

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My friend has been told by the optician that she has some bleeding behind the eye, which is likely to be caused by high blood pressure or diabetes. Since she generally does not have high blood pressure then she has concluded and is worried that she must have diabetes. As the report will not reach her GP for two weeks and there will then be a referral to a specialist, can you give any more benign reasons as to why this bleeding may have occurred. She has been under considerable stress lately and takes regular thyroxin, but otherwise healthy except for slightly raised cholesterol.

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Is her vision affected?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

No vision issue. No pictures. No medication except for thyroxin as noted.

An optician is really not qualified to tell if there is bleeding behind the eye, especially when there is no significant vision loss.

The best thing for your friend to do is get into see an ophthalmologist (Eye MD) for a complete, dilated, eye exam so that she can find out what is really going on.

Is it possible to get into see a private ophthalmologist in a timely fashion or is the NHS the only way to see an eye MD?

I'd not get overly concerned about what the optician said....but do see an ophthalmologist to be safe.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. So would it be fair to say that without an expert examination then it is quite possible that any bleeding seen by the optician could be relatively benign?

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