Feeling anxious and worried about LASIK? Rest assured that this is completely normal, as it is expected to experience a wide range of emotions prior to having any kind of surgery, no matter how serious or minor it may be. However, if you are experiencing high-anxiety and are overwhelmed with worry, there are ways to work around and over the fears you may be experiencing.
Anti-anxiety medication, prescribed to be taken for the procedure itself, will work to reduce muscle strain and help you relax for the procedure which takes no more than seven minutes per eye. We know that medication isn’t for everyone, though, so read on for 6 suggestions to naturally reduce your LASIK surgery anxiety.
1. Educate Yourself
Reading articles and watching videos can do a lot to educate a prospective patient, naturally alleviating fear as the unknown is demystified. It also can help to talk with someone who is knowledgeable about the procedure, be it someone who has already undergone a successful LASIK procedure or your eye doctor during your LASIK consultation.
2. Know the Risks
LASIK has been around for decades and the technology has advanced with time. You’ll be on your feet and back to enjoying your normal activities in no time. LASIK eye surgery is one of the most popular outpatient refractive procedures in the country. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as of 2009, over 700,000 LASIK surgeries are performed annually. With FDA monitoring and minimal risk for approved patients, the odds of you kissing your glasses and contacts goodbye post-LASIK are more than good.
3. Focus on the Positive
According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, a whopping 96 percent of those who undergo LASIK achieve 20/20 vision or better!
4. Natural Anxiety Relief Options
Relaxation techniques might be your key to working out pre-surgery nerves. If you have time prior to your procedure, you may want to consider taking up meditation and/or beginner yoga. Both are scientifically proven to help those who practice regularly to naturally achieve anxiety relief and lessen depression, as well as many other mental health benefits. Bonus? You’ll carry over your newfound inner peace with you to all other aspects of your life once your LASIK procedure is behind you.
5. Play That Tune
Enya comes to mind, but there are so many musical options that would work for varied musical tastes. Speak with your surgeon prior to your procedure to find out if you’re in the clear to pop in some earbuds and hit play on a calming playlist to keep you calm. Don’t go overboard though. You might only need three songs, tops. Remember, LASIK only takes about seven minutes per eye!
6. Visualize This
Google is your friend here. In fact, your smartphone app store may also have a few gems to help you practice visualization techniques prior to your LASIK procedure, so you’ll be ready to visualize a successful outcome and a clear future!
Ready to make LASIK a reality? Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our talented LASIK surgeons!