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Offline oboyrosie

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Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« on: September 16, 2009, 01:02:21 PM »
I'm hoping some of you can relate - if you do please respond.

Heading to the eye doctor tomorrow just for a routine visit and regular eye tests.  My issue is that my one eye has seemed to have gotten a wee bit weaker over the last 2 years - I'm 39 and have almost 20/20 vision at my last visit (I was at the eye doctor 11/08).  I have had floaters for years so that doesn't scare me and I at least once a day will see a "pin" size snap of light when it's dark.  Alway scared that they will find a tumor or something HORRIBLE.  Thank God my sweet Doctor knows how paranoid I am and will sit and laugh with me all the way thru.

So . . . here is the problem - I ABSOLUTELY HATE HATE HATE when they take a picture of my eye ball - my eyes are sensitive to bright lites as it is let alone snapping a big light right in your eye ball.  It seems like it takes about 30 seconds for my eye to start seeig again.  I inform the lady doing the tests that I hate it and to please be patient with my due to my horrible doctor anxiety - which she does.  Does anybody else get this with the light test????  He says I just have sensitive eyes and not to worry - but I do everytime.

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XO
Rosie
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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 01:41:42 PM »
Oh I don't like going to the eye doc much.  All that close up staring and such.  I don't like the glaucoma test.  I do need to go back, my close up vision has gotten worse and I need a new script for my glasses. I'm 45. I last went about 3yrs ago.  And when the bright light is in the eye, it is perfectly normal to take awhile for your vision to go back to normal.  My neuro looked in my eyes in Feb.  He puts a glass in front of your eye and then a bright light.  You have to sit still and look straight ahead so the doc can get a good look at the nerves and stuff.  Yeah it is not a fun part of the exam.  I see light for a bit after.  Normal. 
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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 01:57:27 PM »
I don't like it! I am a pain at the eye doctor because my medical phobia is so severe. I don't panic there because there are no needles and no physical touching, but I still flinch and whine and decline most of the tests.

Your dislike of the blinding light is normal! You'll feel great once you walk out with the reassurance all is well!
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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009, 02:04:41 PM »
My favorite part is after the exams and he says all is well!!!!!  Than I'm good for another couple of years of peace (at least with the eyes).

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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009, 02:05:54 PM »
You are not alone.

All doctor visits make me anxious, but the eye doctor held a special place.  I was diagnosed with ocular hypertension (pre-glaucoma) at age 25 and was sent to specialists in NYC to see why I would have eye pressure of 21 at age 25.  Doctors all read me the riot act, that I would need to be on eye drops for life and that I may lose peripheral vision at an early age if not vigorously treated.  32 years later and still no optic nerve damage or loss of vision and eye pressure still in the mid 20's with no medication whatsoever.  It turns out the device they use to test eye pressure does not take into account the thickness of your cornea and people with a thick cornea show a high eye pressure.  All these years I have feared every eye doctor appointment (at one point every 3 months) sure they would find damage and loss of vision and it turns out my eye pressure is normal for a person, like me (and my sister) with a thick cornea.

I also recently switched eye doctors from a rushed and abrupt doctor to a kind and gentle female ophthalmologist in the same practice.  She reduced my anxiety level to a tolerable level just due to her calm demeanor.  With regard to your initial question, she said that the picture of your retina thing that you hate (and gives me strange vision for several minutes as well) is not necessary every visit.  I get the feeling this is a new expensive device and they use it on everyone with insurance so they can make the payments on the machine.  So, ask if you really need to have that test done as it may not be necessary.

The test I really hate is the field of vision test where they put your head in a box and you have to look straight ahead for about 20 minutes trying not to blink (which is nearly impossible) and push a button every time a small light appears.  I would take the retina picture over field of vision test any day.

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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 10:49:47 AM »
As easy as an Eye Doctor appointment could be for most people - I didn't have spare strength to pull from within to go this a.m.!!!  I'm reschduled for next week. 

HEY!  At least i'm honest!

Rosie
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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 03:54:31 PM »
I totally understand!
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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2009, 11:13:48 AM »
Just wanted to check back in and let everyone know that - YES I DID GO TO THE EYE DOCTOR YESTERDAY.

I was a wee bit nervous on the driver their and a wee bit nervous waiting to get all those wonderful tests and was really nervous when my name was called. 

Step 1 - Check that i can still read letters and numbers - PASSED - very low anxiety.

Step 2 - Check my pressure within my eye with that lovely little burst of air - PASSED - very low anxiety.

Step 3 - Time for the peripheal (sp?) testing - ok patch one eye - chin goes here - OH BOY - starting to feel my anxiety rise somewhat and trickle of sweat falling down my back - this test only last about 2 minutes each eye - but it felt like FOREVER.  I just asked her if I could have a moment between eyes and of course no problem - she was happy to make me feel relaxed however she could.  - PASSED - 100% score. YAAAAA

Step 4 - OK HERE IS THE DREADED EYEBALL PICTURE.  Asked her if I could have a moment - she walked out - came back in and I said - I hate this one (she informed me almost everybody hates this test) and bam - chin in - watch the red tab and BAM!  - Oh boy - relax Rosie - Relax i'm telling myself - oh God - I'm going blind - oh ***** - oh God - oh man - can I see - oh boy - Of course I can after 30 seconds or so.  She gave me a few more moments - back in position - chin in - watch the red tab and BAM once again - of course I had to tell myself to RELAX - but I did all the above an than after vision returned to normal so did I - lol

Now . . . it's time to get the results with the BEST doctor ever.  So there I sit - waiting for the eye doctor to come into the room and I glance over to my right and their sits a picture of both my eyeballs on his screen.  Well . . . being the Optomotrist that I am - I had diagnosed myself with clogged arteries, hypertension, diabetes, glaucoma and few others - just by looking at my eye ball pictures (lol).  Well . . . here I go again - RELAX ROSIE (within my head of course) take the news as best you can and I even think I feel myself wanting to start crying but I didn't - be strong.  In comes my sweet doctor - he does his testing - looks at my pictures (take a deep breath I tell myself and prepare for the worst) he informes me that my eye site is almost 20/15 which is better than 20/20 - my pressure test is great - I scored 100% on my Peripheal test and my eye ball pictures are the eyes of a young 18 year old.  Hmmmm????  Did I hear you right - I'm fine!!!!!  LOL LOL LOL

I had him explain a few things on the pictures - we laughed and out the door and back to work I went.

AGAIN . . . . CAN YOU SAY - STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!  He doesn't need to see me for 2 years!!!!

Just wanted to share - sorry it was so long.  Amazing what we do to ourselves - issn't it?????

Rosie
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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2009, 12:34:29 PM »
Just an update!
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Re: Eye Doctor tomorrow and scared!
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2009, 12:54:12 PM »
Being in the eye doctor business I can tell you that you are definitely not alone. Not in the least bit. It is common to have this fear as much as you might think its not. Just realize that it is only light going to your retina. This lasts for a good minute or so. The blinding light is scary. But, its for a very good cause. Knowing that you were there last year and they didn't see anything, I'm 100% positive you will be just fine when you go  :yes:

ETA: didnt notice that you already went! I'm glad everything went fine. I knew you would be ok :)
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