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Overcoming LASIK Anxiety: Tips & Tricks

Is It Normal to Be Nervious About Having LASIK?

Are you considering LASIK eye surgery but feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Have concerns about someone ‘touching’ your eyes? You’re not alone. Many individuals experience nervousness before any surgical procedure, and LASIK is no exception. However, understanding the facts and implementing coping strategies can help alleviate these fears and pave the way for a successful vision correction journey.

Understanding LASIK Anxiety

It’s natural to feel nervous about LASIK. The fear of the unknown, concerns about pain or complications, and the thought of undergoing eye surgery can trigger anxiety in many individuals. However, it’s essential to differentiate between legitimate concerns and misconceptions about LASIK and be able to take in the experiences of others who have had LASIK.

Addressing Common Fears

One of the most effective ways to manage LASIK anxiety is by gathering accurate information from reputable sources. Talking to your eye surgeon or optometrist about your fears can provide reassurance and dispel myths surrounding LASIK. Here are some common fears and the facts to counter them:

  1. Fear of Pain: Many people worry that LASIK will be painful. However, numbing eye drops are administered before the procedure, prevent you from feeling discomfort during surgery. Most patients say they only feel some pressure during the procedure itself.
  2. Concerns About Blindness: The fear of going blind from LASIK is unfounded. According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, LASIK has never been the primary cause of blindness. With a 96% satisfaction rate among patients, LASIK is considered a safe and effective procedure.
  3. Belief That LASIK Isn’t “Real” Surgery: LASIK is a legitimate surgical procedure that requires preparation and adherence to post-operative instructions. While it may not involve traditional operating rooms, LASIK is performed by a skilled LASIK surgeon and requires vast refractive surgery expertise.
  4. Worry About Laser Burns: LASIK utilizes advanced technology, including “cold” lasers that cannot burn the eyes. These lasers have a long-standing track record of safety and effectiveness.

Coping Strategies for LASIK Anxiety

In addition to factual information, implementing calming techniques can help manage anxiety leading up to LASIK surgery. Consider the following strategies:

  1. Talk to past LASIK patients: Ask people you know who have had LASIK about their experience. You can also watch live treatments with real patients on our TikTok account at @lasik.com. Our live schedule and past videos can be found here.
  2. Mindfulness and Meditation: Practicing mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, can help alleviate anxiety and promote relaxation.
  3. Visual Imagery: Visualizing a successful LASIK procedure and positive outcomes can help reframe negative thoughts and reduce anxiety.
  4. And know that so many of our patients, immediately after their procedure say, “That was so easy. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to have LASIK.”

Conclusion

Feeling nervous about LASIK is normal, but it shouldn’t deter you from pursuing clearer vision. By arming yourself with accurate information, hearing from other LASIK patients, and implementing coping strategies, you can overcome LASIK anxiety and embark on the path to improved vision with confidence.

Remember, LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that has transformed the lives of millions worldwide. Don’t let anxiety hold you back from experiencing the freedom of clear vision.

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