Having booked in for an operation to remove cataracts from one or both of your eyes, depending entirely on your own personality type and the strength of your emotional health and wellbeing, you may well be feeling anywhere from confident and trusting of the surgeon and the impending procedure to feeling scared, worried or even absolutely terrified.
Regardless of the level of stress and anxiety, you are feeling ahead of your cataract operation, it is useful for everyone to learn of some tried and tested ways to relieve the worry from impending cataract surgery in case you suddenly start to panic.
Before continuing, it is important to know that a cataract operation is by far one of the most common operations of them all and only takes approximately thirty minutes from start to finish.
1. Ask to Speak With Your Surgeon
As is often stated, talking about your fears about something invariably helps, and so talking to the actual person who will be carrying out your cataract surgery can only be a good thing.
Remember, no question is too small or too silly, and your surgeon will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
2. Concentrate On How Much Better Your Eyesight Will Become
As bad as the operation might be, everyone always builds up things to be hundreds of times worse in their head beforehand, especially if it is the first time. Distracting yourself by doing other things that you enjoy will help to take your mind off what is coming.
You should also try concentrating on how much better you will feel when your eyesight is back to how it should be; it may help you through the anxious waiting days before the operation.
3. Ask Your Medical Doctor For Prescription Drugs To Calm Your Anxiety
If you suffer from what is commonly referred to as ‘White Coat Syndrome’, whereby your blood pressure shoots up, and your heart starts having mini palpitations as soon as you enter a doctor’s surgery, then you may well need medical assistance to ensure your blood pressure is lowered and you are calm enough to proceed with the operation.
When the cataract lenses are inserted, you should not to feel a thing as the whole eye is injected with an anesthetic, but to keep the rest of your body calm and still, low levels of prescription drugs are a viable and commonly used way of proceeding with the cataract removal.
4. Learn Of The Numerous Benefits To The Procedure
There is a wide range of amazing benefits to having one or more cataracts removed, including but categorically in no way limited to:
- The removal of painful glares and halos of light around objects that aren’t really there
- The procedure only takes thirty minutes from start to finish
- A significantly improved quality of life
- Significantly improved eyesight and strength of vision
- Will help to improve your mobility because you’ll see better.