Just been to see the opthalmogist regarding eye pain

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jonnyboy
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/20/2005 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
 
This is my first post here, I'm from the UK and found this message board while trying to find possible causes for some discomfort I am experiencing around my eyes.
 
A brief background on myself - I've only got useful sight in one eye thanks to having myopia (lazy eye syndrome in one eye). I've been getting pains in and around my eyes (mainly my right (good) eye) and a pressure sensation (nearly always my right eye) which has been causing me a great deal of concern. I've been experiencing it for around 6 months.
 
When it first started happening I went to the opticians for an examination and they could find nothing wrong so I took there word for it.
 
5-6 months later, after experiencing anxiety regarding some other aspects of my life, the anxiety has started to focus on my eyes and the ocular discomfort that seems to be mainly confined to my right eye. I've become very worried that I may have a Carcinoma of the Lacrimal gland after looking my symptomns up on an eye cancer website.
 
I got my GP to refer me to an opthalmologist (eye doctor) and had my appointment last night. He did various tests on my eyes after I described the problems I was having  - these included looking at them with a microscope, looking into them, and putting a flurescent die on them to see that my tears were secreting correctly. He said that my eye appeared to be very healthy and that there was nothing to worry about. I asked him whether a CT scan would be neccessarry and he said no.
 
His explanation for the discomfort I am experiencing is that a lot of VDU workers get pain/discomfort and due to the fact I mainly rely on only one eye, it is under even more strain.
 
On hind sight I am wonderin whether I should have pushed for one. He says that if the lachrimal gland is diseased it is normally visible and tear production is affected (either producing too much or too little tears). He also said that orbital tumours were very rare and I have more chance of getting prostrate cancer.
 
Are opthalmologists usually fairly good at diagnosing such problems. I am still worried and very anxious about losing my eye sight and really wish I'd pushed for a CT scan. I'd rather get diagnosed now where the potential for successful treatment exists than wait till more dramatic symptomns appear.

Cheers
 
Jon

mumof2
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 5/21/2005 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jon welcome to healing well. I have Crohns diease and have been with this chat for well over a month or so. You will find that you will get alot of help here and i am glad to see that you have joined our big family here. I dont have any eye problems myself but after reading you post I will tell you that you should consult with another doctor for a second opinion. There may in fact be nothing wrong. But if you are worried about it then you should do everything that you can to put those worries behind you. If that means anothet opinion or ten more then it is worth it. Your sight is not something to take lightly. I know that i havent offered much help but know that you are in my thoughts and i am hoping that you find out that everything is normal. ~ mumof2

Lisa D.
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   Posted 5/21/2005 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jon..welcome to the boards. I am fairly new myself. An opthamologist is an eye doctor..he is well versed in spotting diseases. He has been to medical school and that is his specialty. So, I would figure he would be able to diagnose some, well, most eye diseases. If he looked in your eye and didn't see any increased intercranial pressure, or any increase in ocular pressure, and he did a thorough exam, then more than likely, you do not have a tumor. I am not an expert, but I would think he would know what he was talking about. But..I would definitely keep going if it is bothering you til you get someone to give you more definitely answers...you can always get a second opinion from another opthamologist.
I just wouldn't dismiss your symptoms though. I would stay after them to give you a diagnosis. But, then again, maybe it is eye strain. His explanations seemed appropriate to me. I hope you get some answers soon..I know what it is like to worry about your health..and think the worst. I am that way too. Good luck.
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