Eye surgery can be life changing. In fact, after some surgeries, patients can even throw away their glasses or contact lenses all together. But whether you’re thinking about having surgery to correct near vision, distance vision, or cloudy vision due to cataracts, or any other eye condition, it is very common to feel nervous before a surgical procedure, even one that takes only a few minutes.
The fear is real and it even stops people from undergoing simple, safe procedures that offer tremendous benefits.
If you’re scared of eye surgery, you’re not alone. Here are some of the most common fears about eye surgery and how to overcome them:
- Fear of the unknown
The fear of the unknown can take hold of even the calmest among us: What will happen? How will it feel? Is it complicated? What will recovery be like? To help overcome fear of the unknown, learn more about what to expect during the procedure. Talk to your surgeon. He or she can explain step-by-step exactly what will happen before, during and after the surgery. The more you know, the more comfortable you will feel. You will probably discover that it’s not as scary or complicated as you thought.
- Fear of pain
For surgeries where you remain awake, you will be given numbing drops to alleviate any pain or discomfort to the eye during the procedure. Most surgeons also prescribe a mild sedative to help you relax. While the fear of pain is real, actual pain during eye surgery is not something you should expect.
- Fear of moving during surgery
What if I blink? Or sneeze? Or have a muscle spasm? Not to worry. During eye surgeries where the patient stays awake, the eyelids are painlessly held open during the procedure. While it’s a common concern, moving during surgery is usually not a problem. Depending on the type of surgery, your surgeon may even use a contoured headrest that comfortably cradles your head during the procedure.
- Fear of a bad outcome
Fortunately, technology has advanced such that eye surgeries are more reliable than ever before. Before any eye procedure, you will undergo a thorough evaluation to be sure that you are a good candidate. Knowing the procedure is right for you will give you confidence. Also, remember that your surgeon is an expert, so be sure to ask a lot of questions. He or she should be able to address your concerns. One tip that helps a lot of patients is to focus on life after surgery without the hassle of glasses. You can usually find patient stories on your surgeon’s website. Reading about other people’s experiences may help you to keep your mind on why you are considering the surgery in the first place. It’s common to feel fear, but it’s also common to hear patients exclaim, “I don’t know why I waited so long! It was over before I knew it.”
Most of us are afraid when it comes to our eyes and any changes that might occur to them, especially surgery. But it’s also normal to want to see better up close, particularly when there are proven solutions available. If you’re frustrated with reading glasses and are considering the KAMRA® inlay for presbyopia (the natural loss of near vision), but are experiencing feelings of fear, check out the “What to Expect” page on the KAMRA inlay website. Here, you’ll get a good idea of what the procedure entails: https://kamra.com/kamra-inlay/what-to-expect
Also, read what other patients have to say about their experiences: https://kamra.com/reviews/
To learn more, or to see if the KAMRA inlay might be right for you, find a qualified KAMRA inlay doctor in your area.