Do I Have to Be Awake for LASIK?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, 4:51 pm

LashesDesigned to reduce or eliminate your dependency on contact lenses and eyeglasses, LASIK eye surgery is typically a quick procedure that can enhance your near, far, and intermediate vision. Patients remain awake during this procedure, which often can be completed in as little as 10 minutes. Anesthetizing eye drops are applied to ensure the most comfortable experience possible, and most people report little to no discomfort. Dr. Steven J. Dell and Dr. Divya M. Varu, our board certified and extensively trained ophthalmologists, customizes each treatment plan to optimize short- and long-term results.

LASIK is performed while the patient is awake for several reasons. The procedure is very brief, and utilizing general anesthesia would extend the treatment and recovery time as well as inflate the cost of the operation significantly. Being awake also has other benefits. You can communicate with your surgeon throughout the experience, and Dr. Dell and Dr. Varu will explain each step of the process as it occurs. If you’re concerned about moving during the procedure, there’s no need to worry. Our state-of-the-art technology is designed to adapt to natural human movement (including unexpected itches, twitches, and sneezes), and the advanced equipment precisely tracks your eye for the best accuracy possible. Furthermore, we will provide a mild oral sedative to help you relax.

It’s natural to feel some apprehension about eye surgery; however, our friendly, knowledgeable, and skilled medical team can help you feel more at ease. We’re also happy to answer any questions to help you make the right decision for your needs and goals.

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