Music to Ears, for Eyes: Music Helps Eye Surgery Patients

 

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Recent research confirms Dr. Gilbert’s long belief in the importance of relaxing music before and during eye surgery.  A recent study shows relaxing music played just before eye surgery leads to patients feeling less anxiety and requiring less sedation.
Awake eye surgery can be stressful for some patients. Music has long been known to reduce anxiety, minimize sedative need, and allow patients to better relax.
Anxiety was significantly reduced among the music group (anxiety score 23 out of 100) compared to the non-music group (score 65 out of 100). The music group also needed significantly less sedatives during surgery compared with the non-music group (16% vs 32%). Postoperative satisfaction was significantly higher in the music group (mean score 71 out of 100 versus 55 for the non-music group).  Music, well chosen, can relax the patient and surgical staff making surgery more pleasant, perhaps even fun, and ultimately safer for all.


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