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I went to have my eyes tested by a doctor to see if I needed glasses....like you do.

During the test the doctor started making strange noises. He then told me I have acute closed glaucoma and needed to have laser surgery done ASAP. He also gave me a prescription for glasses.

So I got an appointment quite quickly with a specialist and they did surgery on one eye to elevate the problem. I will have the other eye done on Friday.

Now following the laser surgery I had last week, if I close the eye that has not been operated on I can't read text very well, i.e the eye which had holes drilled into it is all blurry. The problem is, if I have the surgery done on the other eye (this Friday) and have the same problem I won't be able to read at all.

We contacted the eye specialist that did the laser and he said contact your doctor. Tried to contact the doctor (not really my doctor as I just went for a one off test) and he like the rest of France is on holiday for the summer. Getting another appointment with another doctor can take months. :frusty:

So what do I do ?????? Bit stressful.

ALSO, is the original prescription for glasses now invalid ???
 

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I can't advise on getting an appointment with a specialist at this time of year - although I do think that you should go along to emergency to have this checked out if you have real concerns. What I do suggest, though, is that you ask to defer the second eye - the eyes are treated separately so that you have vision out of the other and any significant blurriness should certainly have subsided during the week. This sort of laser surgery is extremely common, however problems can arise occasionally.

Not the best time of year for getting seen in emergency either :(

Glaucoma, if not treated, leads to blindness.

Good luck
 

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Just to add some detail, this surgery is simply designed to relieve pressure, so it shouldn't affect the prescription. Sometimes it can spark a sensitivity and all that is required is an increase or change to the eye drops they have given you (your pharmacist may even be able to advise on this). Normally when they do the second eye, they check the first and would take the necessary action. I guess what I'm trying to say is don't be overly concerned (eye surgery, I know,, does cause concern and anxiety. You could just contact your GP.
 

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I have a friend here who has been through something similar, though I don't know the exact nature of her eye condition. She has gone into the local emergency room when she was having trouble with the eye they had recently operated on and was not able to get in to see her surgeon/eye doctor.

My friend reported that she got very good treatment through the Urgences - evidently at the hospital where she had had the surgery. Sorry, I don't remember which hospital, but it was on the south side of Paris and apparently is known for opthalmic work.

As EH says, though, I would expect that they would examine how the first eye is doing before scheduling surgery on the other eye. But try contacting the hospital where the surgery was done and see if they advise you to come into the Urgences either now or "if it doesn't clear up in a few days."
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Smeggie......so sorry to hear about your eye problems....both worrying and potentially dangerous. I've suffered from recurrent iritis (inflammation of the iris...painful. stressful, and can lead to blindness) for yearsĺ ...I feel for you.

My advice is to go to urgences..and insist on seeing duty optho.....grunt urgences docs aren't allowed to touch eyes.

Hope you get it sorted out quickly.

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Smeggie......so sorry to hear about your eye problems....both worrying and potentially dangerous. I've suffered from recurrent iritis (inflammation of the iris...painful. stressful, and can lead to blindness) for yearsĺ ...I feel for you.

My advice is to go to urgences..and insist on seeing duty optho.....grunt urgences docs aren't allowed to touch eyes.

Hope you get it sorted out quickly.

DejW
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My wife has glaucoma but still on drops fortunately.
I have had a load of laser work in the US and France (retina tears and a detachment)
France did a very good job and the surgeon gave me the same advice to go to ER and INSIST they call in an ophthalmologist if it reoccurs or if there are problems.
Where in France are you?
Good luck.
 

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I ll I've in Nice, have Glaucoma, and have decided to return to the US for ongoing treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. During a recent visit, my doctor gave me the names and contact information for two Glaucoma specialists in Paris he said were among the best anywhere. I'm not sure where you live or how far you are willing to travel, but I'll be glad to pro ide the names and contact information if you wish. If I were in your situation, I would definitely see a Glaucoma specialist. Efore proceeding with more treatment.
 

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Sorry, I don't remember which hospital, but it was on the south side of Paris and apparently is known for opthalmic work.
This might be it:
Quinze-Vingts National Ophthalmology Hospital
28 Rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris
01 40 02 15 20

Hope it all works out well for you.
 

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Hi Solly!

I've just misread yourpost and thought......."no, no, it's Smeggie's eyes, not his b***s"......then I read again and got it right.

Smeggie, let us know how it's going, can you still see light at the end of the tunnel? It's a blinking shame you have these problems......can your children at school help...they're pupils???........they'll put the lid on it. Hope this not too low brow for you.....as sailors say. 'EYE,EYE. sir". Just don't make a spectacle of yourself. Perhaps we'll vote on it... "the eyes have it". I hope I'm not being short sighted?


It's 2 in the morning, enough of this rubbish.....DejW. (going to bed singing " my eyes are dim, I cannot see etc etc"...all 101 verses.)



poor eyeballs, hope it works out for you Smeg
 

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Thanks for all the advice and support everyone.

I will have the second op done on Friday but before he starts shooting lasers into my eye I will have a chat about the other eye and ask if it is normal that the sight is not as good as it was before the surgery.

It is the glasses thing that I am a bit annoyed about. I was tested for glasses before the op so I don't know if they will work. I don't want to spend 200 euros (or however much it costs) on glasses only find out that I need newer glasses.

Trouble is, I really need the glasses as my eyes are straining.

A boots the chemist would be quite useful at this moment in time.
 

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We contacted the eye specialist that did the laser and he said contact your doctor. Tried to contact the doctor (not really my doctor as I just went for a one off test) and he like the rest of France is on holiday for the summer. Getting another appointment with another doctor can take months.
Sorry to hear that you are having problems. You experience is quite different than ours, since we have rarely had problems in getting appointments in emergencies, regardless of the time of year. Have you tried asking your primary care doctor to assist you?
 

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Sorry to hear that you are having problems. You experience is quite different than ours, since we have rarely had problems in getting appointments in emergencies, regardless of the time of year. Have you tried asking your primary care doctor to assist you?
I thought of going to my doctor. I will go at a last resort, but I guess they will just send me to the AE department. Like I said, I will see the surgeon on Friday and go from there.

Getting eye appointments in France is actually very difficult. I really prefer the UK system where you just go to an opticians and more than likely have an appointment the same day. In France it can be anything between 3-9 ++++ months because you have to see an eye doctor. Not really sure there is a big difference between the two.

It will all work out in the end.:fingerscrossed:
 

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Smeg

I agree that standard eye appointments can be difficult to find. However, the moment you say that you have an eye pressure problem....glaucoma, iritis etc the doors will open quickly.....you can go blind in a few days with excessive pressure.

Have you thought of buying off theshelf specs at an opticians to tide you over in ghe short term?

Good luck......DejW

I thought of going to my doctor. I will go at a last resort, but I guess they will just senfd me to the AE department. Like I said, I will see the surgeon on Friday and go from there.

Getting eye appointments in France is actually very difficult. I really prefer the UK system where you just go to an opticians and more than likely have an appointment the same day. In France it can be anything between 3-9 ++++ months because you have to see an eye doctor. Not really sure there is a big difference between the two.

It will all work out in the end.:fingerscrossed:
 

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Please read and consider carefully: Les Quinze Vingt (1520) near Bastille in Paris is of course a famous, sprawling eye center. They excel with surgeries and also their research center, but do get overwhelming traffic as a facility.

Check out The Rothschild Foundation Ophthalmology center, which is far and away the more specialized center for eye and neurology care. It's smaller, semi-private, and offers public CPAM rates for fees. Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild

No contest the best deal and best quality care available to Parisians, wider France, tourists, and ex-pats. I am a former employee married to an eye doctor. I would never consider any eye doctor who does not hold privileges here or ideally a full clinic.. as a sidebar, French doctors can be a little loose with their credentials. Public and professional reputation is the only way to be employed at an upper tier center like Rothschild, so consider these professionals vetted and competent.
 

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Any eye specialists about on this forum ?


I went to have my eyes tested by a doctor to see if I needed glasses....like you do.

During the test the doctor started making strange noises. He then told me I have acute closed glaucoma and needed to have laser surgery done ASAP. He also gave me a prescription for glasses.

So I got an appointment quite quickly with a specialist and they did surgery on one eye to elevate the problem. I will have the other eye done on Friday.

Now following the laser surgery I had last week, if I close the eye that has not been operated on I can't read text very well, i.e the eye which had holes drilled into it is all blurry. The problem is, if I have the surgery done on the other eye (this Friday) and have the same problem I won't be able to read at all.

We contacted the eye specialist that did the laser and he said contact your doctor. Tried to contact the doctor (not really my doctor as I just went for a one off test) and he like the rest of France is on holiday for the summer. Getting another appointment with another doctor can take months. :frusty:

So what do I do ?????? Bit stressful.

ALSO, is the original prescription for glasses now invalid ???
You have my sympathy Smeg. Last year I suddenly went blind one evening. Through my GP sending me to see a marvellous eye specialist and three operations later all is now good. It is the responsibility of the eye surgeon to answer your questions and resolve your problems. I would ring him and demand to see him.

Hope you resolve this quickly. Pity you are so far away as I can recommend a "miracle" eye specialist.
 

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That is good news. Mine was a bit more involved I had a PK transplant in one eye and new lenses in both. I had to wait 3 months before having a test for specs which I only need for driving. It did take about 6 weeks for both eyes to settle. At times I had a bit of fuzziness. I also now think that because I was so worried I imagined problems.

Worst part was being awake while they operated!

Good luck
 
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