Source: Ocular Surgery News
Preeya K. Gupta, MD was featured on the cover of OSN's November 10, 2017 issue and quoted in the artilce "Consider Patient Perception of Pain when Planning Cataract Procedures."
In this excerpt, Gupta explains that patients who have anxiety may need additional attention.
Factor in anxiety
OSN Cornea/External Disease Board Member Preeya K. Gupta, MD, said that patients with high anxiety or those who take anxiety-reducing medications need special attention to help manage pain during cataract surgery.
In general, patients with pre-existing anxiety are often on an oral medication that can change their receptors, Gupta said. These patients may need higher doses of fentanyl or midazolam to treat pain and decrease anxiety.
“Those are patients who may need higher doses to achieve the same therapeutic effect as those with no anxiety,” she said.