Minimizing Nerves About Your LASIK Procedure

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 by Dr. Binoy Jani

LASIK in Fredericksburg & Culpeper, VA

For the average LASIK patient, pre-procedure jitters are completely normal. LASIK is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it’s no surprise you may be experiencing some nerves or anxieties.

Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to put your mind at ease and stop fretting about the procedure. Read on for tips compiled by the team at Vista Eye Specialists.

Develop Trust In Your Surgeon

Trusting your LASIK surgeon and surgical team members is essential in reducing overall fear and anxiety. Review Dr. Binoy R. Jani’s credentials and patient testimonials to remind yourself he is highly trained in his profession and will minimize your risk of complications.

Reach Out With Any Lingering Questions

The unknown naturally creates fear, but having all of the facts about surgery can put your mind at ease. Dr. Jani and his  team are here to answer your questions so you feel confident heading into surgery. Don’t hesitate to email or call us with any lingering questions.

Make Good Lifestyle Choices

Even in times of uncertainty, you should take good care of your body. Eat a healthy diet full of vitamin-rich foods, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.

Follow Your Pre-operative Instructions

Channel nervous energy into preparing for your procedure and follow our team’s instructions. Fill any necessary prescriptions ahead of time, arrange for a ride to and from the procedure and request a day off from work to recover. Don’t leave any preparations to the last minute, as that can add to stress or anxiety on the day of your procedure.

Try Positive Affirmations and Visualization

Positive affirmations and visualization exercises are effective ways to prime yourself for a good experience. Take some time to sit quietly and visualize a successful procedure and stress-free recovery. Repeat simple affirmative phrases such as, “My procedure will be successful” or “I am confident in my surgical team.” Visualize yourself after surgery, enjoying the pleasures of life without glasses or contacts. What experiences or adventures can you look forward to after LASIK?

Distract Yourself

Last but not least, you can try distracting yourself from your nerves by engaging in other activities. Watch funny movies, listen to an engaging podcast or read a new book to help pass idle time in the days and weeks leading up to your procedure.

Contact Our Team Today

For more tips and tricks to settle pre-procedure jitters, please reach out to Vista Eye Specialists. You can call us toll free at 1-888-EYE-JANI (1-888-393-5264) or send us an email.