Hi. Welcome. This is doctor Khanna. I want to talk to you about fear of eye surgery. This lesson is divided into three parts. Today’s lesson is on why we are so afraid of eye surgery. In the forth coming lesson, we will discuss how to overcome the fear. Why are we so afraid of eye surgery, we have to delve back into evolution, our upbringing and find some answers there. People are always afraid of the dark. Remember when you were a kid; you thought that there might be a monster in the closet or under the bed. People are afraid to go to the graveyard but today it is so much better. There are streetlights everywhere and we have a phone with flashlight on it.
Imagine Sherlock Holmes going out in the night when there is fog and mist around. There is an inherent fear in us coming from the times we lived in the forest. In the night, predators would come out and that fear has continued. Another thing you might have heard of is insomnia, when people are unable to sleep. It is very interesting why some people find it difficult to fall asleep and the simple answer might surprise you. The answer could be that they are afraid that they may not be able to get up if they go to sleep. They are afraid to lose their consciousness and go into a semi-conscious state. It is inculcated in every culture. Each civilization that is present on earth celebrate the festival of light in the dark days. That is their hope to overcome the darkness.
Another fear the people have is for the white coat. It is funny that people can check their blood pressure at home and it is okay and then they come to the hospital and see the white coat and the blood pressure shoots up. These are all evolutionary mechanisms that are built in for safety to preserve us and they all stack against us. There is one more called the menace reflex; when something comes near the eyes or when we sneeze, they instantly close. That is encoded in our DNA.
Corneas and eyes are every important. In fact, some evolutionary biologists feel that this reflex may have pre-dated the existence of eyes. Small microorganism who do not have eyes have had light shun on them and they immediately move away. All those things combined in the subconscious and conscious mind are all playing to develop fear about eye surgery. Do not feel fearful.
In the next lesson, we are going to come up with methods that are time tested and true to see, how we can overcome the fears regarding eye surgery. Thank you