With the help of medications, you should feel little to no discomfort during cataract surgery. However, a study found that anxious patients are at higher risk of experiencing pain during the procedure.
Your local low vision specialist, Dr. Joel H. McGahen OD, shares tips for managing preoperative anxiety.
Pre-Operative Anxiety & Pain
It’s normal to feel anxious if your surgery is approaching. Though, worrying too much can cause stress, sleep problems, increased heartrate and nausea.
Anxiety can give you trouble understanding crucial things your eye doctor told about the operation, such as preparation and recovery advice. It can also make pain worse and coping with pain more difficult.
Between 2016 and 2018, 103 patients who underwent cataract surgery at Ramban Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel were observed. Their pain and anxiety levels were measured on a scale of 0 to 10. It was discovered that patients with severe anxiety are over 12-times more likely to feel pain during surgery.
Easing Pre-Operative Anxiety
Some patients find it helpful to read or use relaxation techniques. Various studies suggest listening to music before surgery can ease anxiety. Retrieving information before the procedure and consulting an expert about your concerns can prevent fear of surgery.
Counseling can help with your pre-surgery anxiety, especially if you’ve had an unpleasant experience in a previous operation. Taking a bath, going for a walk and other normal ways to cope up with stress may also relieve surgical anxiety.
Patients who are considering cataract surgery are encouraged to schedule a pre-operative exam and consultation. You can count on Dr. Joel H. McGahen OD for your general eye care needs. We also offer quality eyeglasses, contact lenses, and comprehensive eye exams. Call us at (717) 609-4443 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment. We assist patients in Shippensburg, Greencastle and areas around Pennsylvania.