Are you nervous about having an eye test at the opticians? Everyone is nervous at some point but, for others, a trip to the doctor, dentist or optician can be really difficult and make them feel very anxious. Many people avoid this sort of appointment altogether rather than facing their fears.
There are many reasons you might be anxious about visiting the optician. Perhaps you are worried about needing glasses? Maybe you are getting older and struggling a little with your eyesight? Most people need glasses as they age and there is nothing wrong with this. You might feel you will look silly or people will laugh but there are many frames available to suit everyone. Contact lenses may also be an alternative. If you ignore vision problems, and stick your head in the sand, then you could be facing bigger problems in the future.
Some people might be worried they have an eye disease and don’t want to know the truth. This is a common fear but, in reality, the likelihood of you having a serious eye condition is very small. If you do have an eye condition such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts, then the sooner you get a diagnosis and get treatment the better. Even if you’ve left it a long time it is important to get an appointment as soon as you can.
Another worry of having an eye test is feeling under pressure when you are asked questions. You may feel that they are fired at you too quickly and you are worried about giving the correct answer. The optician uses lots of equipment to check your eyes and you don’t need to worry about the questions too much, just answer as best you can. You can also ask them to slow the questions down if you feel pressured.
Sometimes it is the equipment that causes concern. The puff air test for glaucoma can often be an issue. Please mention it if you are worried about a particular test as there is most likely another test we can use.
Maybe you have an eye phobia? This is more common that you might think and is called ommetaphobia. If you suffer from this phobia you will need to get help from your doctor. It is important to have regular eye tests.
Whatever the cause of your nervousness, please talk to your optician and let them know. They will do their best to reassure you and make the eye test as easy as possible.
If you are unable to visit your optician we can help. Community Care Opticians provide eye tests in the home for those who are eligible. Give us a call on 0203 418 8488 or visit our website at http://www.communitycareopticians.co.uk