Laser Eye Surgery Fears: What If My Optometrist Finds A Problem I Didn’t Know About?

People avoid doctors for many reasons. Some find appointments difficult to pack into a busy schedule, some are unwilling to open up to a doctor, or worried about perceived ‘time wasting’, and many even fear that being amongst sick people in the doctor’s waiting room will result in contamination!


However, something that is perhaps discussed less often is the common fear that a doctor may find a problem that is bigger than what the appointment was initially booked for. This fear is, for many people, a reason to avoid regular visits to the GP, dentist, or optometrist. Indeed, at London Vision Clinic we have found that potential patients have sometimes put off having an Initial Screening because they are worried about what their optometrist will find – or scared about being told that they are not eligible for treatment.

However, if you have been visiting your eye doctor regularly, then you should have nothing to worry about. And, if you haven’t, then it’s certainly better late than never! In fact, having regular eye examinations is just as important as making your annual visits to the dentist.

Scheduled check-ups keep your prescription up-to-date, which helps to prevent you from straining your eyes or getting migraines. And if you are already experiencing red eyes, distorted vision, double vision, migraines, or other uncomfortable symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your optometrist as soon as possible. If you work a desk job that involves sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time or reading small print, or if your family has a history of eye disease, then you should be especially vigilant about these visits.

If you decide to come for an Initial Screening and Ophthalmic Exam at London Vision Clinic, your visit will evaluate many of the things checked in a regular eye test (such as visual acuity, pupil response to light, and coordination of eye muscles), as well as much more. In fact, we think it will probably be the most detailed eye exam you’ve ever had! We’ll also check that your eyes are healthy (and make recommendations, if by any chance they are not), and provide you with a report of our findings regarding your suitability. And you can rest assured that none of these tests will be painful (we reckon it’s much better than a trip to the dentist!)

Regardless of whether you’re considering having Laser Eye Surgery, we encourage you to schedule a visit with your optometrist, to ensure that you’re taking good care of your eyes: and, if you’re curious about laser treatment, then why not come and see us for an Initial Screening? We can promise an extremely thorough and detailed eye examination – and 98% of people we see turn out to be suitable for Laser Eye Surgery.

We invite you to continue to follow our blog to get more personalized responses to the top concerns expressed by those considering corrective eye surgery.