A New Therapy Option That Makes Cataract Surgery Easier.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 29, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new health breakthrough that found that music can significantly reduce anxiety during cataract surgery.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/anti-aging/a-new-therapy-option-that-makes-cataract-surgery-easier) notes, audio therapy, the use of music in healing, is not very well known, but has shown great promise in many applications, including helping patients recover from surgery. The new study regarding cataracts and audio therapy was presented last week at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
As the article “A New Therapy Option That Makes Cataract Surgery Easier” reports, this kind of audio therapy uses “binaural beats”—two tones each pitched at a slightly different frequency, each delivered to separate ears via headphones. This practice causes certain brainwaves that are linked to relaxation and reduced fear and pain. In this study, researchers combined binaural beats with soothing music and nature soundscapes (like ocean waves) that were familiar to patients.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains that cataract surgery was used in this study for its anxiety-producing effects. Typically performed under local anesthesia, the patient is awake and exposed to unusual and stressful sounds during the surgery (like surgical tools and medical banter). The surgery is effective and safe, though a common reaction would be to worry about future vision and quality of life. Researchers found that patients who listened to this before, during, and after cataract surgery had less anxiety and a slower heart rate than those who did not receive the therapy. They also had reduced blood pressure.
The article concludes that as the population ages, issues like cataracts are going to be on the rise. A simple and inexpensive therapy that uses sound could deliver major benefits, both emotionally and physiologically.
(SOURCE: “Soothing sounds during cataract surgery reduces patient anxiety,” American Academy of Ophthalmology, November 12, 2012.)
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