Feeling Anxious About Your Upcoming Laser Eye Surgery?
Our Tips for How to Mentally Prepare for LASIK
No matter how many past patients you talk to or how many articles you read online, you will likely still have some nerves before your LASIK surgery. It is completely normal to feel anxious before any medical procedure. Keep in mind that the fear of the unknown is often much worse than the reality. We believe you will find that to be very true in terms of your LASIK surgery, which is quick, safe, and painless.
Our team aims to help ease your nerves at every step of the process, but it is up to you to mentally prepare for your LASIK surgery. We have some tips to help.
Ask all of your questions.
There is no question too small or silly to ask our team! Better to ask than to feel uncertain about any aspect of the procedure. You will have opportunities to ask questions during your consultation and the day of your surgery. Remember that our team is here at any time, so if you think of another question, just give us a call.
Take time to prepare.
The best antidote for pre-LASIK nerves is to be well prepared. Make sure you carefully read and follow our recommendations for preparing for LASIK, especially the dos and don’ts for the night before your scheduled surgery. Knowing that you are closely adhering to our tips will help you feel more at ease and prepared.
Have a post-surgery plan.
You will have a plan for who is driving you to and from your surgery, but think through the remainder of that day and the next day. Where will you rest when you arrive home? Set up a comfortable area in advance. Consider planning ahead for your meals or any assistance your family may need during your recovery. While your recovery will likely be very quick, it may help you relax to have these plans in place.
Practice visual fixation.
During your surgery, the only thing you will be asked to do is to follow instructions from your surgeon on where to fix your eyes. You can practice this at home by choosing an object and fixing your eyes on that object for 30 seconds. Use a timer and challenge yourself to keep your eyes fixed despite any noises or other distractions. On the day of the surgery, you will be a pro!
Remember that you can’t “mess up” your surgery.
Blinking, sneezing, coughing—none of these actions will have any impact on the success of your surgery. Rest assured knowing that your surgery will be handled by an experienced surgeon and medical team.
Plan a relaxing day or evening before your surgery.
If it is possible, aside from any work or family obligations, try to relax. Rest your eyes by listening to music, taking a walk, or meditating.
Get a good night’s sleep!
You have done everything you can to prepare, and now it is time for your medical team and surgeon to take over. It is easier said than done but getting a good night’s sleep before your surgery will help you wake rested and ready.
If you still feel anxious the morning of your LASIK surgery, you will be offered a mild sedative to help you relax and let us transform your vision. Again, our team is here to be a resource and help you mentally prepare for your surgery. Reach out to us at any time.