The Anonymous Widower

A Three Hour Eye Test

Yesterday, I went to Moorfields Eye Hospital for an eye test.

Not your average eye test, but one that was part of a study to test new diagnosis methods, rather more than my eyes. The eyes incidentally, seemed to be much the same as ever.

What I found interesting was how far the new equipment is moving down a patient-friendly route and the more things they could tell you.

As an example, with my eyes, I hate the standard ‘puff of air’ test, that checks the fluid pressure inside your eye. If you want to read more on what is called ocular tonometry, it’s here on Wikipedia. I had a test from a new instrument, that was much kinder to my sensitive eyes. So that one instrument, seems a big improvement.

I also had a visual field test on the state of the art perimeter. There’s more on perimetry here. This was to compare with the results found on some of the new methods they tried in another test.

I had the same test in Cambridge in 2010, soon after I had the stroke.  Unfortunately, they didn’t send me the results. Surely, it’s about time, that we all had an NHS account, where we could access all of our notes, X-rays and tests. I shall be trying to get those field vision results from Addenbrooke’s, as it would be nice to know, if my eyes have got worse.

Even a chain of opticians like Vision Express can’t access results of tests performed in one shop from another. That is apparently down to the Data protection Act. How stupid is that?

This is the second University research project, in which I’ve collaborated. The other was respect to widowhood at Liverpool University.

I would like to get involved in more, as research is something, I feel will be the saviour of this world.

Perhaps we need a web site, where people could register, to say they would be prepared to take part in research, that universities could tap into for volunteers.

Both the research projects I’ve been involved in, have been non-invasive and the worst danger I’ve faced is probably crossing the road to get to Moorfields. I suspect too, that much of the medical research in the next few years, will be of this non-invasive nature. I recently had a request from Liverpool University, looking for gay men, who had suffered bereavement, for a study. This is the sort of project for which a national database of possible participants would be a great help.

It was interesting to see how yesterday, one instrument was virtually a laptop in a frame. The boundaries between specialist professions like doctors, vets  and dentists, and those like engineers and computer scientists, are getting very porous.

May 15, 2013 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment