"Getting local help for my eyes"
About: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary / Ophthalmology (Eye Problems) Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Ophthalmology (Eye Problems) AB25 2ZN Gilbert Bain Hospital / Ophthalmology Gilbert Bain Hospital Ophthalmology ZE1 0TB
Posted by Baram9 (as ),
Before I went on holiday last summer I’d been using eye drops I got from one of the local opticians to treat an eye complaint.
While I was on holiday abroad I had complications with my eyes and was in pain and so on my way back to Shetland, I called in at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for help and I was admitted as a patient. I was discharged back to Shetland with four different lots of eye drops and an Aberdeen phone number to call in case of difficulties.
I did have to use the number because I found using the eye drops was quite complicated, but it isn’t easy describing problems over the phone. Also I ran out of some steroid eye drops and the local pharmacy couldn’t find a supply very easily. That time, the pharmacy at the Gilbert Bain Hospital was able to help and I was very grateful for that and the help and advice I got from the local opticians.
But I really wished that there had been someone in Shetland that I could have called who would have known about my case and my treatment. I have been back to the clinic in Aberdeen and I have got an outpatient’s appointment with the Visiting consultant at the eye clinic in Shetland in July. But I’m sure that there must be other people in Shetland with eye problems who have been in the same position as I was and I wonder if I could get some advice on how to get help between appointments.
I don’t think people realise how difficult it can be when you have a problem with your eyes; there were days when I just felt so upset I cried and other days when I thought ‘I’m not going to let this beat me’ .