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I've scheduled cataract surgery in September, but now the surgeon is saying he has called for an anesthesia called retrobulbar block, which is numbing the eye with a needle inserted into the optic nerve. He said it's because my cataract is dense (3) and my eyes don't dilate wide enough (5 1/2). This sounds very scary to me and I don't like the risk factors...damage to the eye muscles, blood clot, retinal detachment, and total blindness! Has anyone had this type of anesthesia for cataract surgery?? Do I really have to have it?
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