Seasoned cataract surgeons have usually developed rituals and habits in their behavior that have allowed them to approach busy and challenging surgery days with more confidence.
Whether it is a lucky pair of underwear or a ritual meal the night before the big day, I believe many of surgeons perform these rituals to get their heads in the right space.
A cataract surgeon in the beginning of their career will start to develop his own set of habits based on performance feedback from individual patients. Some of these habits are obvious and common sense, some are necessary to insure the best outcomes, and some are superstition.
Below are seven preoperative habits and rituals I have fallen into after performing cataract surgery for close to 30 years.
Take them or leave them based on your individual tolerances.