Super Squeamish Emma Overcomes Her Eye Phobia

Whether it’s sparked by spiders, heights, snakes or mice – phobias can affect and limit our lives in many ways.

Personally I don’t like birds flapping close to me; however – after a hypnotherapy session – I am now able to cross Trafalgar Square without having a panic attack in the middle; and have even learned to ignore the pesky pigeons at Liverpool Street station.

The key to overcoming any irrational fear is to focus on the end result. Those who are frightened of flying, for instance,  might be tempted to give it a try if they are able to visualise visiting a far away dream location.

It is the same with Laser Eye Surgery … remember the story of “Katy the Fainter”? Despite passing out at the mere thought of any medical procedure, Katy’s desire to see clearly without her hated glasses, gave her the strength get through her laser eye surgery procedure and emerge the other side not only with perfect eyesight but also a terrific sense of achievement.

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London Vision Clinic patient Emma from Oxfordshire had a slightly different problem. Dr Dan described her as being “SUPER, SUPER, SUPER squeamish” and Emma agrees with him.

“I cannot bear the thought of touching my eyes myself … let alone allowing anyone else to get close to them”, she told me.

So, of course, wearing contact lenses was completely out of the question.

“I tried lenses 19 years ago when I got married. I wanted to see my husband clearly on my wedding day and obviously I didn’t want to be a bride in glasses. “

But Emma couldn’t do it. She was simply unable to bring her finger tip close to her eye, so instead she spent her wedding day in something of a blur.

Emma tried – without success -to put in contact lenses on one other occasion. “The person who was helping me said that my eyes literally rolled back in their sockets”, she explained. “I was in a complete panic – really upset and distraught!”

So how would this “eye phobic” patient manage to overcome her fear, have her short sightedness corrected and be able to enjoy a glasses-free life?

“I found the pre-operative tests the most difficult to bear – in fact I was on the verge of pulling out at one stage. But my optometrist (Brendan) was patient with me and pointed out that putting on eye make- up every day was not so very different.

“Actually, the surgery itself wasn’t nearly as bad as I had feared. Everything was explained to me, not only by Dr Dan, but also by my friend who had had it done there a couple of years ago.

“I tried not to think about what was happening too much – and everything was as I had expected – it was not too bad at all!”

I spoke to Emma just three days after her blended vision operation when she was just beginning to get used to not needing the glasses she had worn all day every day for the last twenty plus years.

Visanility problems: show jumping in the rain while wearing glasses

She was especially looking forward to horse riding and competing in show jumping events without the inconvenience of wearing glasses.

“When it was raining I could hardly see – I needed wipers on my glasses”, she explained.

And water skiing was worse. “I have never been able to see properly when water skiing; it will be really exciting to be able to see next time.”

Emma also enjoys taking part in car rallies: “Before, each time I drove through a tunnel, I would have to hand my dark glasses to my co-driver, then change to my normal specs, then back again…it’s going to be so much easier from now on.”

Super Squeamish Emma Overcomes Her Eye Phobia

6 Comments
  1. Jodie Bull 19/02/2016 at 12:43

    How did she get over the eye phobia?! Im the same and am unable to even look in someone’s eye! But would love laser surgery

    • Bethany Kingsley 13/03/2016 at 17:52

      Hi Jodie,

      Thanks for your comment. We completely appreciate that your eyes are very precious and laser eye surgery can be a daunting process. Everyone in the clinic, from our Patient Care Coordinators to our Optometrists and Surgeons are highly skilled at dealing with patients who are particular nervous. We will walk you through the whole process. We take it at your pace. A lot of the fear comes from the unknown, we aim to prepare you for every step of the journey. A lot of patients don’t realise the procedure itself only takes about 15 minutes and you don’t feel a thing. Please let me know if you would like to talk to one of our Patient Care Coordinators about the process a little more.

      Thanks
      London Vision Clinic

  2. Dave 08/01/2017 at 14:28

    I would be unable to get it done. The optometrists who try to get a picture of my eyes are unable to due to the speed of my eyelids. My eyes hate light seeing better in dim to no light because of the sensitivity. When other people try to touch their eyes, I feel it as if it were my own eyes. For me I don’t believe it is nervousness at all though.

    • Bethany Kingsley 09/01/2017 at 13:26

      Hi Dave,
      We’ve had many patients who have felt like you do. Some too nervous to even get to the eye examination stage, but our optometrists and surgeons are all highly experienced with dealing with these nerves/phobias. We will do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible and what works best for you. Please feel free to call the clinic on 0207 224 1005 if you have any further questions.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  3. Touya 17/03/2018 at 18:08

    Hello. I really really need to know what the eye phobia of touching it or putting something near/in it, I have it too and I’m sort of scared of water too, not the water itself but of it getting in my eye. Could you tell me? Thank you so much.

    • Bethany Kingsley 19/03/2018 at 10:45

      Hi Touya, it is possible you may have Ommetaphobia, which is very common. If you are looking into laser correction, we treat many people who are nervous and overcome this. If you would to speak to one of our Patient Care Coordinators, please call us on 020 7224 1005 to discuss further.
      Kind Regards,
      London Vision Clinic

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