Eating chocolate can help relax those about to go into laser eye surgery, according to one professional working in the field.
Professor Dan Reinstein, a laser eye surgeon at Harley Street"s London Vision Clinic, said that his patients are encouraged to eat as much chocolate as they can 30 minutes before getting the treatment.
"Patients who eat chocolate prior to laser surgery are less jittery, more alert and more co-operative than those who receive sedatives," Professor Reinstein explained.
He said that with a relaxed and attentive patient, he can carry out a routine procedure in under three minutes, but with an edgy person it can take significantly longer.
Harry Richardson, a three-year-old boy, recently underwent laser eye surgery at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary to stop leakage behind one eye after he was diagnosed with Coats Disease.
His mother Lynsey Baxter told the Harrow and Hubburn Gazette that the doctors successfully managed to stop the leakage.
by Adrian Galbreth