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Does LASIK require anesthesia?

At Tersigni Vision, we frequently answer many questions about LASIK surgery, particularly regarding the use of anesthesia. This article will discuss whether anesthesia is necessary for LASIK and what patients can expect during the procedure. Our goal is to provide vital information to our patients to ensure their comfort and confidence in their decision to undergo LASIK surgery at Tersigni Vision. To learn more about LASIK and how you can achieve a life free from glasses or contact lenses, schedule a consultation with Tersigni Vision today and take the first step towards a clear vision.

Does LASIK require anesthesia?

Yes, LASIK requires anesthesia, but it is local anesthesia via numbing eyedrops rather than general anesthesia, meaning it does not put patients to sleep. During LASIK surgery, local anesthesia is administered through numbing eye drops to ensure that patients experience no pain during the procedure. Occasionally, a mild oral sedative may also be provided to help patients relax while staying awake. This approach is essential as it allows patients to be alert and capable of following the surgeon’s instructions, which is vital for the success of the surgery. Unlike more invasive operations, LASIK does not require general anesthesia, which induces unconsciousness and carries more significant risks. General anesthesia is unnecessary for LASIK, as the surgery is quick and involves minimal discomfort.

While the idea of being asleep during the LASIK procedure might seem appealing to some, patient cooperation and the ability to follow visual cues during the procedure are crucial for LASIK. During LASIK surgery at Tersigni Vision, a laser is used to precisely reshape the cornea, improving the eye’s ability to focus light and enhancing visual clarity. During the LASIK process at Tersigni Vision, patients are required to focus on a light for approximately one minute while the laser is applied. Maintaining a steady gaze on this light is imperative to achieve the most precise results, underscoring the importance of being conscious and responsive during the procedure.

Are Injections or Needles Used To Numb the Eye During LASIK Laser Eye Surgery?

No, injections or needles are not used to numb the eye during LASIK laser eye surgery at Tersigni Vision. The LASIK procedure exclusively utilizes topical anesthetic eye drops to achieve numbness in the eye. These drops ensure that patients remain awake and comfortable throughout the surgery, effectively eliminating any pain associated with the LASIK process. This method is preferred for its simplicity and effectiveness in providing a pain-free experience for patients undergoing the procedure.

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At Tersigni Vision, we are committed to ensuring that every patient has a comfortable and informed experience with LASIK surgery. If you’re considering LASIK and have concerns about the procedure, let us put your mind at ease. Contact Tersigni Vision today to schedule a consultation. Our experts are here to guide you through every step, ensuring clarity not just in your vision, but in every aspect of your LASIK experience. Take the next step towards clear vision with Tersigni Vision, where your vision is our focus.

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MORE FAQ’s About Does LASIK Require Anesthesia

If I am awake during LASIK will I feel anything?

Our patients experience minimal sensation during the procedure, typically no more than a slight pressure on the eye, if anything. At Tersigni Vision, we understand concerns about being awake during LASIK and the fear of feeling discomfort but can assure you that you will not feel any pain.

How long does the numbing effect last during LASIK?

At Tersigni Vision, the numbing effect from the anesthetic drops used during LASIK typically lasts throughout the procedure, ensuring patient comfort from start to finish, usually around 30 minutes.

What if I blink or move during LASIK surgery?

Tersigni Vision utilizes advanced LASIK technology with eye-tracking capabilities to compensate for any involuntary movements, ensuring the laser remains precisely focused during the procedure. A small device called a speculum, or eyelid holder, is used during LASIK surgery to gently keep the eyelids open and prevent any involuntary blinking, ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted procedure.

Are there alternatives to eye drops for numbing during LASIK?

While topical anesthetic drops are standard for numbing in LASIK, Tersigni Vision ensures that each patient’s comfort and medical needs are met, discussing alternatives if necessary.

What happens if the anesthesia wears off during LASIK?

The likelihood of anesthesia wearing off during LASIK is extremely low; however, Tersigni Vision is prepared to administer additional numbing drops if needed to maintain patient comfort.

Can LASIK be performed under general anesthesia?

LASIK at Tersigni Vision is not performed under general anesthesia due to its risks and unnecessary nature for this minimally invasive procedure, ensuring safety and quick recovery. An oral sedative medication can be given to help patients relax if necessary. Being conscious during LASIK allows Dr. Tersigni to monitor the patient’s visual perception in real-time, ensuring optimal alignment and accuracy of the laser treatment on the cornea.

Is the LASIK procedure painful without general anesthesia?

No, the LASIK procedure at Tersigni Vision is not painful, as the numbing drops effectively prevent discomfort, allowing the surgery to be performed quickly and painlessly.

Posted on May 17, 2024

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Dr. Steven Tersigni is a refractive surgeon offering LASIK and five LASIK alternatives in the Portland, Oregon area. In addition to providing customized care to each of his patients, Dr. Tersigni is an educator and researcher He obtained both his medical degree and a master's degree in public health from Tulane University. He has been published in national journals and has been involved in 10 U.S. FDA trials.