Apprehension is a natural ingredient in every ophthalmologist's waiting room. It may evolve into fear before surgery or a laser procedure. In this setting, knowledge and understanding reassure the patient, and the more realistic the explanation, the better. However, time demands on practicing physicians are immense and not conducive to promoting meaningful discussions with each patient, and the commonly used plastic eye model does not satisfy the patient's desire for knowledge. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how about a 30-second animated explanation of peripheral laser iridotomy, insertion of a contact lens, or hyperopic LASIK?
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