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September 1980

Patients' Misconceptions

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(9):1656. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020040508031

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To the Editor.  —Patients having eye surgery with local anesthesia commonly harbor misconceptions that result in mental and physical manifestations of anxiety. These misconceptions are that there will be "shots" into the eye, that the eye will see its operation being performed, and that the eye will be taken from its orbit for the surgery, then put back in place.These ideas often persist after completion of eye surgery and are passed on to others. Even physician patients have been noted to believe the first two ideas. I recently observed my first patient in whom all three misconceptions were present, even after routine studies and reassurance by the ophthalmologist and anesthesiologist. Reviewing these misconceptions should be a routine part of a patient's preparation for eye surgery with local anesthesia.

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