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.