Unlike many other surgeries, it is not necessary to have general anesthesia (be put to sleep) for LASIK eye surgery, and in fact, it is necessary that you are awake for the procedure. There are several reasons why you are awake during laser eye surgery:
Here at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, we recognize all patients are nervous at some level, which is perfectly normal. Please know our team will never leave your side and we will always be communicating with you so that you are comfortable with the process and remain calm during your LASIK procedure. Additionally, upon arrival on the day of your surgery, we will provide you with a mild sedative that will take the edge off and help you relax.
Blinking during laser eye surgery is not something you need to worry about, as the numbing eye drops we use before the surgery will reduce your natural urge to blink. Additionally, we will use a very small instrument to hold your eyelids open to prevent you from accidentally blinking and interfering with the procedure. Remember that each eye is only kept open for one to two minutes, so you should not feel much, if any, discomfort at all.
What have we heard from our patients who have been awake during laser eye surgery? “Wow, that was easier than I expected!” and “I wish I had done it sooner.”
Now that you know why you stay awake during laser eye surgery and how we will help you stay calm throughout the entire process, it’s time to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation LASIK consultation! Contact us today. Our team looks forward to meeting you and will be happy to answer any questions you have about LASIK.