Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States. It’s considered highly safe and effective — but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a little nervous. It’s perfectly normal! In order to ensure a quick procedure and fast recovery, however, it’s best to go into cataract surgery feeling calm and relaxed.
Here are five ways to help ease your nerves so you feel more confident before cataract surgery:
Talk to Your Doctor
Asking for a thorough explanation of what will happen during cataract surgery, and what is expected of you, can do wonders to calm your nerves. Humans naturally fear things we don’t understand — once you understand cataract surgery, it’s harder to be scared of it. If you know what will happen and what you can expect, surgery can be a lot less nerve-wracking. Also, your doctor can give you clear instructions on what you should be doing before and after surgery to have the best recovery. Try to listen carefully and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need more information.
Erratic breathing can contribute to feelings of panic and anxiety. Practice deep, even breathing before cataract surgery so you can remain calm and relaxed. Count as you breathe in, hold, and breathe out, and aim to count to the same number each time. You can also easily find tutorials for calming breathing exercises online. Check out a few and find what works best for you!
Eat a Good Meal
You can and should eat a good meal the night before cataract surgery, and, if allowed, a good breakfast on the day of your procedure. Treat yourself to your favorite nutritious meal. Staying nourished by eating well-balanced meals promotes a healthy, speedy recovery from cataract surgery.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
It’s hard to sleep when you’re nervous, but being well rested for surgery will help you stay calm during the procedure. If you have trouble sleeping, try a glass of warm milk or tea and listen to some calming sounds or music. Do whatever you can to ensure a peaceful, full night’s rest.
Wear Your Most Comfortable Clothing
We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing on the day of your cataract surgery. This ensures your comfort during the procedure and will help you when undressing without disturbing your eye shield. Pick out a comfy outfit the night before surgery and you’ll be good to go!
Have cataracts? Think it may be time to treat them? Get a free evaluation for cataract surgery by contacting the Nielsen Eye Center at one of our convenient locations in the greater Boston and South Shore areas.