Please No Test

I’ve never liked going to the optometrist or the dentist. As a kid, I had a bad experience with a healthcare professional getting too close to my face and it really scared me at the time. Now I’m an adult and I’m still struggling with going to any sort of health appointment that involves getting close to my face. I don’t even really remember what happened when I was a kid but it was traumatic and that trauma has followed me well into adulthood. 

Now that you’ve got this background, I’m sure you can understand my stress when I went to the doctor and he told me that I needed to go to the local optometrist. Bayside doctors take their level of care very seriously and when my doctor noticed that my eyesight was potentially not up to scratch, he told me to book an appointment at the optometrist immediately. Apparently, I might need glasses. This is a nightmare.

I haven’t been to the optometrist in over twenty years. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to cope sitting in that optometrist chair and having the optometrist’s hands come slowly towards my face. I feel a bit sick about it. Am I going to have to get an eye test? In the Bentleigh area, there really isn’t much need to have really good eyesight. Surely I don’t actually have to have an eye test. I can get around with sub-par vision just fine.

Unfortunately, my doctor didn’t give me a choice. He told me that I can’t come back to his doctor’s surgery until I’ve had my eyes looked at by a professional. I guess I could find another doctor but I’ve also been visiting this doctor for several years now, so he knows my medical history really well. 

It should be interesting to see how this plays out. Will I get the eye test or will I find a new doctor? Only time will tell.