Overcoming the FEAR of Having LASIK Surgery

January 8, 2015


Patients who are consdiering having laser vision correction have a few things in common:

They are really tired of wearing glasses or contacts
They have been thinking about having corrective surgery for 18 months to 5 years
They are afraid of having eye surgery and the potential poor outcome
They are worried about the expense of the surgery

How people overcome the fear of having surgery:

Most patients who have decided to move forward with the idea of having surgery report that they started by doing an extensive local search to choose the best surgeon. Several factors come into play, including patient testimonials and personal recommendations from friends and family. So...choosing an experienced, communicative surgeon with an awesome track record is the first step to overcoming the fear factor.

Asking lots of questions is another stress-easing tactic. If your surgeon is willing to talk you through the procedure while you're in "deciding" mode, you're probably in good hands. Knowing what to expect can help eliminate things to worry about. A surgeon with a high level of bedside manner and integrity will be more than willing to take all the time you need to answer questions.

And then what about the financial factors? How do you justify spending thousands to correct your vision? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

How much am I spending on contact lenses and lens solution every year?

How much am I spending on prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses each year?

What are the "lifestyle costs" of having to think about glasses and contacts just to be able to particpate in my life on a day to day basis?

What would it mean to me to be able to see clearly without the use of contacts or glasses, from the moment I open my eyes in the morning?

What to ask for when you meet with your surgeon:

The latest technology in laser vision correction is called Epi-LASIK. It's the non-cutting, custom procedure that delivers clear vision to patients. Be sure you are meeting only with your surgeon (not assistants) and that you are, in fact, getting a non-cutting, custom procedure! "You only have two eyes and you aren't getting any more!" says Dr. Jeffrey Gold of Liberty Vision.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold is an award winning surgeon who has performed over 11,000 laser vision correction procedures. He is the medical director at Liberty Vision in Hamden CT.