How to Calm Nerves before Corrective Eye Surgery

If you have corrective eye surgery coming up soon and are feeling nervous or anxious, it’s important to understand that this is completely normal. Even knowing that the surgeon performs the eye surgery numerous times every day, it can be difficult to calm down and reassure yourself before the big day.

However, there are several things you can do to help calm your nerves before corrective eye surgery, of which we’ve put together below to help you.

Research the Procedure

Fear of the unknown can make nerves before corrective eye surgery worse. Speak to your consultant or go online to find more information and forums that will allow you to have a better understanding of the procedure and what you should expect before, during and after the procedure.

Talk to Others

Talking to others about your fears and worries can help you to feel more relaxed. Whether you want to discuss things with your friends, family, consultant or to strangers on online forums, it is recommended that you talk through your anxiety and nerves.

Try Relaxation Techniques

Breathing exercises and meditation are well-known ways to keep nerves at bay, reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and slow breathing. The NHS recommends these tried and tested breathing techniques to combat stress.

Keep Busy

If you’re struggling with your nerves in the days, weeks or even months before your surgery date, it’s important to keep yourself busy and avoid stress. Many people like to do housework such as cleaning, cooking and organising the rest of the family to keep them busy prior to surgery.

Use Distractions

Distraction techniques are a great way to help you take your mind of nerves and worries before the procedure or even as your waiting to be called in. Popular distractions include reading books, listening to music and watching TV or movies. Your mind will be taken somewhere else and the thought of surgery will be put off a little longer.

If you’re due to undergo corrective eye surgery with Viewpoint Vision and are feeling nervous, or have any other worries about your upcoming surgery, please get in touch with your consultant or another member of our team by visiting our contact page or by calling us on 01744 646643.