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Numerous studies have explored the visual perceptions in phacoemulsification cataract surgery.1–,3 However, the patient experience is not simply limited to visual perceptions; auditory perceptions (including the phaco machine), facial touch including the flow of water down the face and the presence of a drape, in addition to others, also inevitably contribute to the overall patient experience. We devised a study to explore patient perceptions of routine phacoemulsification cataract surgery and to determine whether presurgical counselling of patients should routinely incorporate this information.
Fifty patients undergoing routine phacoemulsification cataract surgery were asked to complete a structured questionnaire immediately postoperatively. While …