For most patients, cataract surgery is a painless experience. However many patients are anxious at the thought of eye surgery. In fact, I worry more about my patients who express no anxiety than about those that do, since anxiety is a normal human reaction to most procedures. Indeed, our eyes are particularly connected to our emotional state so anxiety over an eye surgery is quite a normal reaction.
Pain is a very individual experience but my goal is to ensure my patients have a comfortable experience with no discomfort. However, I recognize that we can never eliminate discomfort in all patients because it is such a subjective response. However, we go to extraordinary lengths to ensure the total comfort of my patients and to ensure a pain-free experience. Indeed, in studies, most patients worry more about pain during surgery than the loss of vision! In my practice, we do everything possible to make eye surgery a good experience for our patients. After surgery, most patients tell me going to the dentist is more difficult than their eye procedure.
Dr. Aizuss’s intelligence and comprehension grasps the intent of any question immediately; his answers always hit the mark while demonstrating that he is available , genuine and open to discussion or adjustment. His coordinator, Jeanie Clark is also responsive in the same manner. Together they make the process of having cataract surgery a well coordinated, clear, confident and very pleasant experience with terrific results.
On arrival at the surgery center, after you have been formally admitted, you will immediately receive a numbing drop followed by dilating drops. The numbing drop stings for a moment and is the same drop we use in the office. However, by putting the numbing drops in first, the dilating drops are painless! Shortly after you are brought into the preoperative area, a slurry of numbing gel combined with dilating medication is placed on the surface of the eye further ensure excellent topical anesthesia of the surface of the eye.
Finally, when I come to speak with you just before your procedure, I will add additional numbing drops and numbing gel to ensure a pain-free experience. To alleviate anxiety and the psychic discomfort associated with anxiety, our anesthesiologist will give intravenous medicine to both relax you and relieve discomfort. Finally, at the start of your surgery, I actually put further numbing medication inside of the eye.
Consequently, patients almost never report any pain or discomfort. If during surgery, anything is uncomfortable, we will add more anesthetic both topically and in your intravenous line to ensure you have a nice surgical experience. As noted, cataract surgery is generally a painless surgery, but for those rare patients that do experience pain, we will immediately address that with medication so that you are completely comfortable.
David H. Aizuss, M.D.