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"I believe a delay in care has left me legally blind."

About: Sydney Adventist Hospital

(as the patient),

I went to my Dr for a problem with my sight, a shadow in my peripheral vision and a heavy uncomfortable feeling. It seemed that he just dismissed it with "your having a bad day". I then went to two ophthalmologists that where nearby but the receptionist in both would not let me see them unless I had a referral. Then went to my optometrist but he examined me and did a retinal photo which I discovered later only shows a small area centrally no dilation of my pupil and said I believe, that it was cataract and after what seemed to be much debating about his diagnosis he agreed to give me a referral but wrote on it cataract. I went straight to the ophthalmologist but his receptionist would not appear to accept my fears that it was serious. After telling her of my symptoms and the diagnosis of cataract made an appointment five days later I also went to the SANS hospital ophthalmology specialist dept but they wanted a referral too. So waited for my appointment but arrived BLIND in my right eye and a number of surgeries later am legally blind. Where I believe if I was treated initially as a medical emergency my sight could have been saved.

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