Injectable versus topical anesthesia for cataract surgery: patient perceptions of pain and side effects. The Study of Medical Testing for Cataract Surgery study team.

OBJECTIVE To compare patient reports of intraoperative pain and postoperative side effects by different anesthesia strategies for cataract surgery. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS Men and women 50 years of age and older undergoing 19,250 cataract surgeries at nine centers in the United States and Canada from June 1995 through June 1997… CONTINUE READING