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 perioperative anxiety and therefore the need for higher levels of pharmacologic sedation. This paper explores some of these adjuvant therapies, as well as current anesthetic technique used in cataract surgery.
Franz L. Perioperative Anesthetics and Adjuvant Anxiolytic Approaches for Cataract Surgery Patients: Exploring Options. Aesculapius. 2021 Jul 20; 2(1):Article 2. Available from: https://red.library.usd.edu/aesculapius/vol2/iss1/2. Free full text article.