Are you considering LASIK eye surgery to improve your vision? You may be wondering if you will be put to sleep during the procedure. The answer is no, you will not be put to sleep during the corrective eye surgery procedure with LASIK. General anesthesia during LASIK surgery is not necessary, which is why the vast majority of patients stay awake during the short surgery. A topical anesthetic drop is used just before the procedure to numb the eye and reduce any discomfort.
You may experience some itching, burning, grittiness, tearing, or blurred vision during the procedure, but it should not be painful.The laser only spends 30 to 60 seconds in each eye, so the procedure doesn't take long. It is important that you remain still and stare at a fixed object for one minute without interruption in order to avoid smoke irritating your eyes and slowing down the healing process.After the LASIK procedure is over, it's normal to have a very mild degree of irritation without needing additional anesthesia. The cornea is the upper and outermost layer of the eye, and the lens is the flexible tissue behind the iris. The procedure is intended to correct defects in the lens or front surface of the eye (astigmatism), nearsightedness and farsightedness (farsightedness).Other aspects of surgery include using an eyelid support to prevent the eye from moving or blinking, programming the laser with specific measurements, creating a flap in the cornea, remodeling the cornea with the laser, and folding the tissue flap so that the eye can heal.In conclusion, you will not be put to sleep during LASIK surgery.
Pre-treatment with icy BSS limits any pain of surface ablation procedures. A shield will be placed over your eyes while they heal and as a deterrent to touching your eyes as your corneas heal. It's important that you remain still and stare at a fixed object for one minute without interruption.