So I had my private consultation today. It cost me a decent sum of money for the priviledge but it’s something I wanted to do, in order to get a second opinion and to see someone who could dedicate more time to discussing possible causes with me.
Well, walking into the hospital was a pleasant change from your average hospital, with a quiet waiting room and staff that weren’t rushed off their feet. The nurses greeted me and gave me updates on when my doctor would be arriving, etc. They said I could get myself a complementary hot drink while I waited. The toilets even had posh handsoap and moisturiser like an expensive hotel!
When I saw the doctor, he had already looked through my notes. He gave my eyes a thorough examination but (unsurprisingly) agreed with the NHS doctors that he couldn’t see anything wrong. He did, however, suggest a test which may be useful and hadn’t already been done and said that my local hospital should be able to do it. He also had me draw out my blind spots on a grid.
So overall, I’m glad I had a private consultation but in my case, in itself it wasn’t overly useful. But let’s see what comes of the test he suggested.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the NHS. I can’t imagine the past year without it. But if someone doesn’t have a single bad word to say about it, then they’ve clearly never entered the hospital for a 9.00 appointment and then left at 12.00 having had an eye examination and a 5 minute talk with the doctor… or had to explain their extensive list of weird symptoms to 10 different doctors in the space of a few months… or sometimes during a single hospital visit. But as I said, I appreciate it really.
A couple of weeks ago I had a routine follow-up appointment. I had the standard field of vision test and eye examination. For those who don’t know, a field of vision test involves resting your chin on a ledge and staring at the inside of a sideways dome-like structure, with one eye covered at a time. You are asked to stare at a dot in the centre of this dome and little lights appear in all of the areas around the dome. You have to click a button every time you see a light appear, hence showing up any areas where your vision isn’t behaving as it should.
Anyway, after the field of vision test, the doctor remarked that there were some areas of my vision where I had shown consistency in my lack of response. “Umm… wouldn’t we expect that?” I replied in a sarcastic-sounding but honestly just confused tone. “Well, a lot of people just click all over the place”, he answered.
Great. I’d lost part of my vision but at least I’d be good at Bop-It.