Are You Awake During Eye Surgery?

Yes, typically you are awake during cataract surgery.

This eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia (being “put to sleep”) and enables your cataract surgeon to communicate with you during your procedure.

Can you be sedated for laser eye surgery?

LASIK surgery usually takes less than 10 minutes and does not require general anesthesia. 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.

Whilst the LASIK eye surgery corrects eyesight with a cut, the Flow procedure is completely non-contact. The entire procedure is performed using a laser. Another concern for patients undergoing laser eye procedures is that they might blink their eyes at the “wrong times”.

Are you awake for PRK surgery?

During PRK

PRK is an ambulatory procedure, meaning it is performed on a walk-in, walk-out basis. The actual surgery usually only takes about 15 minutes (total time for both eyes). You will be awake during the procedure, but your eye surgeon may give you a mild oral sedative to help you relax.

How do they numb your eye for surgery?

Eye numbing drops are used by medical professionals to block the nerves in your eye from feeling pain or discomfort. These drops are considered a topical anesthetic. They’re used during eye exams and for surgical procedures involving your eyes. They’re an anesthetic medication for your eye.