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.
Can you be put to sleep for Lasik eye surgery?
This is why you will not need general anesthesia. Being “put to sleep” has risks of its own and would mostly just increase the cost of your 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.
What sedation is used for Lasik?
A local anesthetic is administered to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure. The patient’s eyes are numbed using eye drops, and a medication like Valium is taken to reduce anxiety. For the anxious LASIK patient, we offer intravenous (IV) sedation, a type of highly controlled anesthesia.
What do you feel during Lasik?
Your vision will dim and you may feel the pressure and experience some discomfort during this part of the procedure. Laser energy is focused inside the cornea tissue, creating thousands of small bubbles of gas and water that expand and connect to separate the tissue underneath the cornea surface, creating a flap.
What drug do they give you before Lasik?
Additionally, I prescribe 75 mg pregabalin (Lyrica; Pfizer, Inc.) the night before surgery and then b.i.d. for 2 to 3 days after LASIK and 4 to 5 days after PRK. After counseling and about 15 minutes before surgery, I give 5 mg oral diazepam (Valium; Roche Pharmaceuticals) to my patients.