Now I have an excuse

Now I have an excuse, or a reason at least for not judging dropback landings, crashed one yesterday, and for walking in to glass doors.

I've been struggling reading small print, newspapers etc for quite a while, probably 6 months or more when I think about it, but I've got away with it by reading on my IPad where I can make the text MUCH BiGGER. I was due my bi annual eye test in January, but had put it off to let the concussion settle down. Well last week I had the test and found that the tiny, irrelevant cataract of two years ago now covers a much bigger proportion of my left eye. This explains the vision problems, depth perception, watering eyes and splitting headaches by the end of the day. The constant sensation I had started to have of a misty outlook, that I expected to be able to clear by blinking, but can't.

The deterioration measured by the test is massive, I've gone from -1.5 when i had the glasses made in Mysore in 2011, to -3.5 in 2015 to -7 , which my optician told me isn't really practical to correct with a lens and if she did the lens probably wouldn't last long against the deterioration.

So now I have to make a choice, a 6 month wait for the NHS to get around to treating me and my vision getting worse, or bite the bullet and pay to probably see the same NHS Consultant privately in weeks.

In the mean time I've abandoned buying newspapers, I've got a magnifier for reading the book I'm trying to get through and after that it will be back to the iPad to enlarge everything.


2 Responses to “Now I have an excuse”

  1. Mike Evans Says:

    Ouch! Brutal to be confronted with a deterioration in numbers like that. My Mum was advised by the NHS that it was time she had one of her cataracts treated. That was in January and the surgery appointment came through for March. As it happens it was cancelled because of the snow, but has been re-scheduled for April. I’m reasonably impressed and pleasantly surprised.

    • globie Says:

      Hi Mike, your Mum is lucky with the waiting times in her area. I can’t get the out patient appointment here until June, with surgery in October. So I’ve semi bitten the private bullet and am having it done privately by the NHS at 1/3 of BUPA’s price in a couple of weeks time, though I’ve got to spend a weekend in Southampton for it.

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