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urgent referral to ophtalmologist- what to expect?

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boaktheloo Sat 20-Dec-14 22:27:24

dh went for his eye test today.
it turned out something is not normal, no peripheral visin at all in one eye and eye background doesn't look normal.
he's going tomorrow morning. what kind of tests can be expected?

CalloftheHaunted Sat 20-Dec-14 22:38:32

DH said that he'll probably get a visual field analysis test (click button when you see a light flash), eye (intra-occular) pressure taken and maybe a retinal image taken. Most intrusive test would be for the pressure (either something that presses against the eyeball or puffs a bit of air on to the eyeball, but it's nothing scary/painful!).

Clobbered Sat 20-Dec-14 22:41:11

Might get drops in eye to dilate pupil for better view of interior of eye - this makes everything very blurry for a few hours and can be quite disorientating.

boaktheloo Sat 20-Dec-14 22:41:49

thanks, I think those tests were done already at the optician today.
and dh has received the photo of the retina to take with him.
bit worried as he had issues before.

Notsuretoday Sat 20-Dec-14 22:43:35

Possibly an electroretinography

Notsuretoday Sat 20-Dec-14 22:45:15

What's his nightvision like?

boaktheloo Sat 20-Dec-14 23:07:55

nightvision seems fine (but that could be the other eye compensating).

boaktheloo Thu 25-Dec-14 21:39:52

quick update, he's been to the eye clinic. they did some tests and referred him for further tests and a scan.

Fairylea Thu 25-Dec-14 21:43:24

Could possibly be something like a harmless pituitary cyst. I have one and I take medication to control it. My eyes are checked regularly as it can affect your field of vision and they also do regular mri scans to make sure the cyst or tumour is under control. Sounds quite scary but it is not dangerous long term and isn't cancerous, just one of those weird things. I have had mine for the last 6 years, no issues now I am on medication.

WrappedInABlankie Thu 25-Dec-14 21:50:26

He might have intracranial hypertension.

Basically the fluid around the brain can't drain properly And it builds up putting pressure on the optic disc and eyeball can cause peripheral/vision loss, swollen optic discs, headaches.

It effects 1 in 100,000 so very unlikely. But if it is they'll do a ct and mri scan to rule out a tumor then do a lumbar puncture to measure the fluid pressure, if it's high they'll drain it, send some drops to the labs he may get medication like acetazolamide to take to reduce the fluid.

I got diagnosed on my 20th birthday after being rushed to A&E, it's not that bad and rare but a lot of people get it without headaches and only find out when they go to the opticians.

Beachmummy3 Thu 25-Dec-14 21:53:26

My fil spent yesterday& today & will spend tomorrow in hospital as an outpatient on a steroid drip with steroid tablets. He has abnormal bloods & possibly had a clot (he was so upset it was hard to understand everything).
He lost sight in his left eye a few days ago & his right eye now has blurred vision.
Does anyone have experience of wether these drips/tablets really can reverse the blindness in his left or prevent it in his right eye?
He's so upset, he's convinced he'll soon be completely blind. I work with the elderly but this is still new to me.

boaktheloo Thu 25-Dec-14 22:10:56

thanks fairy and blanket
nothing so far has been mentioned apart from the extra tests they want to do.

beach sorry to hear about your dad. that sounds scary.

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