What If I Am Frightened Of Laser Eye Surgery?
You’re not alone!
Your eyes are arguably the most important of your senses, so the thought of having any kind of surgical procedure on them is likely to scare most people.
Here are 4 ways to address the fear of Laser Eye Surgery:
Understand The Risks
If you spend enough time researching Laser Eye Surgery on the internet, you will see there are literally hundreds of statistics quoted by providers as well as scare stories about the risks of treatment if it goes wrong.
We’ve collated a list of the main Laser Eye Surgery risks here to help you understand them.
The key statistics you need to consider are these:
· Over 20 million Laser Eye Surgery treatments have been carried out worldwide so far.
· The chance of something going noticeably wrong in the hands of one of the expert surgeons at London Vision Clinic is around 1 in 1,000.
· The chance of the surgeon being faced with a situation where they could not correct the problem satisfactorily is 1 in 30,000.
· Technically there is an exceedingly small risk of blindness with laser eye surgery but it is lower than the risk of wearing monthly contact lenses for one year, so a risk that everyone seems to accept as perfectly reasonable.
Be Clear On What The Rewards Mean To You
Having a successful Laser Eye Surgery treatment and being able to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses is the outcome for the vast majority of people. With an expert surgeon using advanced technology, treatment should be painless and recovery times are very short. In fact, we often hear that a patient’s only regret is that they didn’t have Laser Eye Surgery sooner!
Bearing this in mind, and being clear about what unaided vision would mean to you is vital in overcoming your fears.
Speak To Those Who’ve Had Treatment
As laser eye surgery is such a common procedure now, most of us know someone who has been through it. Speaking to them and understanding their initial concerns and their experience will help you overcome your fears. Or why not have a look at our patient reviews, on Trustpilot?
Come And Meet The London Vision Clinic Team
Most of the people we see for Laser Eye Surgery consultations at London Vision Clinic are still nervous to some degree. Everyone from the Clinic Coordinators to the surgeons are fully aware of this, and are experts in managing anxiety and helping to put patients at ease. Once you’ve met the London Vision Clinic team, we hope you’ll know you’re in the right place and that you made the right decision.
For 2017, we have updated this article to ‘Quick guide: Laser Eye Surgery and anxiety’