As some of you know, my optician spotted loss of pigment in the back of my eye durig an examination that I had requested due to white flashing lights in my eye. I had been in two weeks earlier as I had noticed floaters for the first time and the pigment issues were not spotted, despite having my pupils dilated. The optician advised that loss of pigment may mean eventual loss of central vision and just told me (after I asked) that to slow it down I should eat foods that have anti-oxidants in and live a healthy lifestyle. She didn’t give me a formal diagnosis and just said to take yearly pictures before sending me on my way.
I’ve been so upset since I’ve been told this, especially as I just turned 24 two days ago and I can’t imagine my life without central vision. I feel so depressed.
My optician isn’t bothered though. She sent me on my way after telling me and I’ve since asked her to refer me to a specialist and when I asked how long I’d be waiting, she told me, ‘it’s a non-urgent case so it’ll take 2-3 months to get an appointment, and they’ll probably tell you there’s nothing they can do’.
This seems too long in my opinion, giving my age, the fact that the pigment loss wasn’t spotted two weeks ago, so it could develop more in that wait time, and it feels a long time to wait given my anxiety that has stemmed from the situation.
So my options are; wait 2-3 months for an initial appointment, pay to go private (although I’m worried about the costs implicated in this as I don’t have a lot of spare money. My dad has offered to help bur I know he doesn’t have loads spare either), or as some forum users have suggested, go to A&E.
I’m not sure how I feel about going to A&E as I might be taking an appointment slot away from someone else who needs it more, and I’m worried I’ll be judged for using emergency services when the optician has told me it’s ‘non-urgent’.
So all of the above have bad points to them. My dad thinks we should try A&E or Private.
Which would you for?