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Eye health (cataracts, glaucoma etc) - expert Q&A

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 15-Apr-19 14:48:58

Have you been experiencing issues with your vision or noticed a change in how your eyes look or feel? Do you have a question about cataracts, want to get to grips with glaucoma or learn more about a symptom you or a close one may been experiencing?

Renowned consultant ophthalmologist, Mr Larry Benjamin, is here to answer your questions as part of blindness prevention charity Orbis’s See My Future appeal. Larry is consultant ophthalmologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire and has been an Orbis medical volunteer for 15 years, training ophthalmologists in Zambia, China, Myanmar, Pakistan and Ghana and more, with both the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital and within local hospitals.

He has special interests in cataract and diabetic retinopathy management and has served on the ophthalmic committee of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2016, Larry won an award for his dedication to improving global eye health at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards.

Gransnet is supporting Orbis’s See My Future appeal. For three months, until 23rd June, all public donations to the appeal will be doubled by the UK government. To find out more and double the impact of your donation, visit:

Please add your questions on this thread before midday on Monday 29 April, when we will be sending them over to Larry. Answers will be posted here shortly afterwards

travelsafar Fri 24-May-19 07:53:07

Thanks Larry for your answer, i will certainly discuss when i am at my next eye appointment with the consultant.

Patsy70 Sun 26-May-19 17:36:09

I was referred to the eye clinic following a visit to the optician, who said I had high pressure in both eyes and there was a risk of glaucoma. Following examination at the clinic, I was initially told that laser treatment would relieve the pressure. However, subsequent visits/examinations, seeing different consultants, it was suggested that as I had the beginning of cataracts, the surgery to remove them would also relieve the pressure and risk of glaucoma. I was asked if I would choose to have glasses for distance or reading, and I opted for reading glasses. I had the surgery to my left eye and there is no improvement. In fact my eye feels uncomfortable, as if there is a layer of water over it. At the post operative appointment I was told that as there was high pressure in my right eye, I would be prescribed drops. The drops have made the skin around my eyes inflamed and sore. My next appointment is in July.

Patsy70 Sun 26-May-19 17:38:06

Sorry, just noticed the deadline!

Moses Tue 04-Jun-19 21:43:56

Hi has anyone had an answer to these questions yet? Should I be looking somewhere else for them?

Charleygirl5 Tue 04-Jun-19 21:46:52

Moses provided you were within the permitted time if you scroll back on this post you will find what you are looking for.