Are you put to sleep for laser cataract surgery?
The procedure itself usually lasts less than fifteen minutes and is virtually painless. Typically, patients are awake during cataract surgery. This eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia (where you are put to sleep) and enables your surgeon to communicate with you during your procedure.
Do they sedate you for laser eye surgery?
If you fear you will be anxious during the procedure, your LASIK surgeon will give you a mild sedative or other medication prior to surgery to help you relax. The use of a mild sedative is common with LASIK.
Can you be put under anesthesia for laser eye surgery?
LASIK is not like most surgical procedures because general anesthesia is not necessary. While some patients may prefer the idea of being “put to sleep” for the duration of their procedure, it is actually very important that LASIK patients be alert and able to follow directions during the surgery.
How long does laser cataract surgery take?
The surgery takes from 15 to 20 minutes, and you should expect little or no discomfort. During the laser portion, patients describe seeing a kaleidoscope of lights and feel only slight pressure.
Are you asleep during eye surgery?
Most retinal surgery is performed while you are awake. Retinal surgery is usually painless and performed while you remain awake and comfortable. Advances in technology have decreased the length of surgery making outpatient eye surgery possible.
Does eye laser treatment hurt?
Good news is, LASIK eye surgery is not painful. Right before your procedure, your surgeon will place numbing eye drops into both of your eyes. While you may still feel a little bit of pressure during the procedure, you won’t feel any pain.
What anesthesia is used for laser eye surgery?
The only anesthetic used is a topical eye drop, which very effectively numbs the eye. Also patients are not put to sleep with general anesthesia during LASIK. Patients are comfortable during surgery and are awake. They do not see anything scary coming towards them and do not feel any pain.
What kind of sedation is used in cataract surgery?
IV fentanyl and midazolam are the two topical medications we use most frequently for the sedation of patients undergoing cataract surgery. In most cases, these two medications work well together.
Do you feel anything during laser eye surgery?
Fortunately, LASIK eye surgery is not painful. Right before your procedure, your surgeon will place numbing eye drops into both of your eyes. While you may still feel a little bit of pressure during the procedure, you should not feel any pain.
How do they numb your eye for surgery?
For most eye surgeries we use eye drops such as lidocaine to numb the eye. This results in excellent pain control for the patient, especially in procedures lasting less than 20-30 minutes. Cataract surgery, LASIK, and DMEK corneal transplant surgery are often performed under topical anesthesia.