Cataract Surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed worldwide. It has high rates of success, and minimal adverse outcomes. In spite of the surgery’s effectiveness, patients frequently report perioperative anxiety. This anxiety is often treated with pharmacologic sedation; however, evidence suggests that this is unnecessary, and can lead to poorer patient outcomes. There is evidence that other adjuvant therapies exist which can decrease the need for higher levels of pharmacologic sedation; this paper explores some of these adjuvant therapies.
Franz L, Kudrna JJ, Hoesing P, Garry M. Perioperative Anesthetics and Adjuvant Anxiolytics for Cataract Surgery Patients. Aesculapius. 2021 Jul 20; 2(1):Article 1. Available from: https://red.library.usd.edu/aesculapius/vol2/iss1/1. Free full text article.