Can new advances in laser vision correction help to calm fearful patients?

Hi, it’s Dr. Russell from VSON. When I tell people I’m a LASIK surgeon, some ask me: “I’d be so scared. Is there anything new that might calm fearful patients”.

Few people regret having laser eye surgery, and it can be a life-changing experience. It’s a safe, simple, and painless procedure. That said, for many, fear of the procedure can be a real barrier that prevents many patients from going ahead with it.

In fact, it’s often the fear of the flap that keeps potential patients from getting laser eye surgery. If that’s you, perhaps we can help.

With new advancements in technology – like SmartSight – some fears, including the creation of a corneal flap, are now redundant. Cutting the cornea is no longer a necessity. Instead, state-of-the-art lasers can make small incisions in the cornea, making the procedure less intrusive.

Tips to calm your nerves before eye surgery

In addition to new advancements in laser vision correction, helping to keep fear at bay, we have some other tips that we think might help to combat common fears in patients…

  • Do your research. Before undergoing any procedure, make sure you thoroughly research all the risks and benefits. We also recommend you consult your laser eye surgeon about your concerns.
  • Consider the benefits and how eye surgery will improve your day-to-day life. Understanding how laser eye surgery could transform your life could provide the motivation you need to overcome your fear of vision correction fear.
  • Feel comfortable with your surgeon. A good laser eye surgeon will put you at ease, understand your concerns and treat them seriously. If one surgeon does not suit you, try another. Your surgeon is largely responsible for the outcome of your surgery. Having the right surgeon greatly reduces your risk of complications, even minor ones.
  • Remember that fear isn’t always rational. You can stay calm and manage your fears can by using simple breathing techniques.
  • Exercise mindfulness. Many people find that meditation helps them to stay mindful during laser eye surgery, which can be helpful both before and during the surgery.

To find out more about new laser advancements in vision correction, schedule a free assessment at VSON today, click here to get started.

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Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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