Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed procedure in the United States. Cataract surgeons can perform the procedure quickly, effectively, and safely. Even though cataract surgery has an extremely high success rate, it’s not unusual to be nervous. Any kind of surgery, even elective surgery, can be a little scary. Here are some ways you can calm anxiety over cataract surgery.
Talk to Your Doctor
One of the best ways to reduce anxiety about a procedure is to share your anxieties with your physician. Speaking with your physician can give you a better sense of what will happen during the surgery and can reduce any feeling of surprise you may have about the procedure. Typically, only a small amount of calming medication is needed for the surgery itself, and throughout the process, your doctor and nurse anesthetist will work together to provide the appropriate medications for you.
Listen to Music
Music can be both calming and grounding. Listening to a favorite song can help you feel better and distract your mind from whatever is worrying you. If you feel nervous before surgery, put on your favorite album and try to relax. You can do this in your car on the way to the facility, or in the waiting room before the procedure. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Experiment with the genres of music that you like and see what calms you the most.
Focus on Your Breathing
Deep breathing is often touted as a good way to relieve stress, improve your blood flow, reduce inflammation, and more. It’s important, however, to learn how to do deep breathing exercises properly in order to experience the full benefits. To ensure your breaths are calm and even, count when you breathe in, hold, and count when letting your breath out. Count to the same number every time and you’ll be breathing in and out for the same amount of time. For more tips on deep breathing, check out podcasts on iTunes or videos on YouTube. Watch or listen to a few before your surgery and find a technique that works best for you.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
It can be difficult to sleep the night before cataract surgery, but a full night’s rest will help you feel good and be less stressed for the procedure. A good way to get to sleep is to focus on your breathing. It also helps to exercise. You don’t need to completely wear yourself out, but just breaking a sweat will help your body rest easier when you get to bed. You can also drink some calming tea or warm milk to help you sleep.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
If you’re experiencing significant anxiety, it’s important to talk to your doctor. At Montgomery Eye Center, we counsel many patients on how to cope with surgical anxiety and have the ability to perform your surgery in a way that enhances your comfort.
Want to learn more about cataract surgery? Contact us today to make an appointment! We have a team of expert cataract surgeons in Naples who specialize in the most advanced techniques and technology for cataract treatment. You’ll also have access to a variety of artificial intraocular lenses (IOLs) to help you achieve personalized treatment with the best possible outcome.