The irony is that the practice actually discourage appointments with a different doctor. They ask you to keep to your own - which I certainly agree is better than having to start from scratch with a stranger - especially when you have rather a history, and a complex underlying condition.
Opticians are no good at all - been to them before about the exact same thing. They couldn’t say what it was or how to deal with it, and said I needed to go to the doctor - Catch 22.
A&E - I don’t consider this an A&E matter, as it’s not an accident nor an emergency. They’re not there to absorb overflow from frustrated patients who can’t get an appointment with their GP. I might be blocking someone with a genuine emergency. Besides, I don’t want to hang about up there all day, only to be told they don’t know either, and I need to see my GP.
Unless there’s clearly an injury of foreign body (there’s not), I don’t think they would be able to help. I think they would just diagnose conjunctivitis - which we already know it’s not. But without the benefit of lab tests (which I’ve already had), most people would assume that’s what it was - and prescribe antibiotics. Which don’t help at all.
I haven’t completely ruled out that it’s just hayfever, as implausible at that seems. My dad was a very bad hayfever sufferer, and my mum insists one eye was very much worse than the other - and always the same eye! I don’t remember this myself - I thought both eyes were bad, but Mum says not. I was only a kid, so Mum’s recollection is probably more reliable.
She said his used to taper off about mid-July, once the peak season had passed. So if it IS that, I shouldn’t have very long to wait to see an improvement. Fingers crossed, eh?