Are You Awake During Lasik Surgery?

What Are My Options for Anesthesia During LASIK?

The reason you will remain awake through the LASIK procedure is two-fold.

First, the procedure is very short, so general anesthesia is not appropriate.

Second, the cost of LASIK is significantly increased if you undergo more intensive medication before surgery.

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”.

Can you be put to sleep during Lasik eye surgery?

There is not much benefit to general anesthesia during LASIK, which is why the vast majority of patients remain awake during their short surgery. If you are worried about your procedure, you will have the option to receive a mild sedative or take medication to help calm any fear you may have.

Can you see during laser eye surgery?

Generally, you will return to see your eye doctor or your LASIK surgeon the day after surgery. At this initial check-up, your visual acuity will be measured to make sure it is safe for you to drive without glasses or contact lenses. In most states, this requires visual acuity of 20/40 or better.

How long does laser eye surgery take?

The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Depending on your prescription, and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision. However, you should plan on being in the office for approximately an hour-and-a-half on your day of surgery.

How much does Lasik cost?

While charges for LASIK procedures vary widely by practice and region, the average cost of LASIK is between $1,500 to $3,000 per eye depending on the type of the procedure, surgeon and region of the country. Often extremely low prices of $399 or $695 are very unrealistic and considered bait and switch pricing.

This is a common concern, but rest assured that blinking and moving during LASIK surgery usually is not a problem. Also, a small device will hold your eyelids open during the procedure so you can’t accidentally blink and your eyelids cannot interfere with any step of the surgery.

Is Lasik surgery painful?

In most cases, PRK and LASIK does not hurt during or immediately after the procedure. Before your LASIK eye surgery begins, numbing eye drops are used to alleviate any pain or discomfort to the eye during the procedure. LASIK does not hurt during the procedure, however you may feel some pressure on your eyes.

What should I avoid after Lasik?

Recommended Post-LASIK Activity Schedule

  • Always avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid staring without lubricating the eyes.
  • Avoid watching TV or reading.
  • Avoid showering (you may take a bath but avoid getting soap or water in the eyes, showering or bathing before surgery is fine).
  • Avoid alcohol consumption.

How long after Lasik can I rub my eyes?

1 to 2 weeks post LASIK: You can usually begin exercising within a week after LASIK surgery, but you should continue to avoid contact sports for at least a month. Wear sunglasses when out in the sun to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet light, and use the provided eye drops to minimize dry eyes.