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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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Stan, I went routine eye check yesterday and the optometrist

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Hello Dr. Stan,
I went for my routine eye check yesterday and the optometrist discovered what he called a small leakage near the optical nerve in my right eye. I also had a number of floaters in that eye for many years and he said there is no floater near that leakage. I haven't had any headaches or nausea or vomiting recently. I had the flu about 4 weeks ago with congested sinuses. My blood pressure is usually 115/75, I am a 54 year old female. The optometrist wants to perform a dilation (photos) and an ultrasound. Could I please get your opinion? Should I worry about a brain tumour? My vision has not deteriorated in three years. Thank you
Helena
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.
Helena,
Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
I am a retina specialist.
I would not bother having an optometrist dilate your eye for some possible "leakage" she found on a non-dilated eye exam. Nor would I trust that an optometrist knows enough to do a competent ultrasound evaluation....
And, no, you should not worry that you have a brain tumor....
So. What should you do?
Make an appointment with an ophthalmologist (Eye MD) for a complete, dilated eye exam and evaluation of what the optometrist found. There is a very high probability that the Eye MD will find that everything is OK.
Does this make sense to you, Mate?
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