You’ve been informed that the cause of your vision trouble is due to a cataract. You’ve experienced a comprehensive eye exam, a consultation on treatments, and your cataract surgery has been scheduled. For many, instead of feeling solace, the idea of surgery brings about anxiety and stress.
It is completely normal to have feelings of fear and worry leading up to a surgical procedure. In fact, it would be rare for a patient to feel no apprehension at all. However, in the case of cataract surgery, this fear can prove worse than the actual surgery itself.
Below is a list of ways to help alleviate your stress and prepare yourself for clear vision.
Learn About the Cataract Surgical Procedure
Give yourself a complete understanding of the procedure. Do your own research to increase your knowledge on the subject of cataract surgery. Much of our fear comes from the unknown. When you know what is going to happen, you will feel more in control and this will enable you to remain calm.
Speak to Your Ophthalmologist
Talking about our fears or concerns is one of the best ways to handle the stress they create. Who better to discuss these concerns with than the surgeon who will be performing the operation? Keep in mind that they have performed this very procedure successfully many times before. Their years of education and practice will be able to address every question with comforting knowledge and dependable encouragement.
Seek Support of Family & Friends
Seek out the good listeners in your life. Sometimes just expressing our fears out loud and being heard will help to alleviate stress and anxiety. You might know a friend or family member who has been through this very experience before and will be able to provide valuable insight or reassurance. Bring along your trusted companion on the day of the surgery to help keep you calm and ready.
Change Your Perspective
Attempt to change your own mind about what you are feeling. It may be quite difficult in the face of anxiety, but try to remind yourself of the silver lining. It is natural to fear the unknown but think about the benefit of the entire treatment. You are about to save your sight through a relatively quick, easy, and commonly performed procedure. The alternative to which is continual vision loss and eventual blindness.
A little distraction won’t hurt you. The day before your surgery be sure to do something you’ll really enjoy. This could be something you would normally do to unwind after a hard day or something fun you have been putting off for a special occasion. The idea is to do something that will relax you, something that will help you to take your mind off of your anxiety.
Fear Cataract Surgery No More
At LaserVue Eye Center our surgeons are experts in their field and they have performed successful cataract surgeries thousands of times. If you or a loved one wishes to learn more about cataract surgery and what they can expect both before and after, please call or contact us online today. Sometimes a little knowledge and encouragement will be all that you need.
Remember the anxiety you may be feeling now has been felt by so many others. Let us help.