Many people worry about being awake during laser eye surgery because they’re anxious about what they’ll see or how they’ll react.
Over 30 million people have had LASIK laser eye surgery since 1999. It is becoming increasingly popular as technology advances and becomes more affordable.
Even with today’s technology, people still have many concerns about laser eye surgery. One common question people often ask is, “are you awake during laser eye surgery?”
Many people think that surgery that involves using a laser to cut into your eye would require general anesthesia. It doesn’t. This is because general anaesthesia carries a higher risk than LASIK itself, so surgeons prefer not to use it.
LASIK surgery is so quick—it only takes a few minutes—that patients only need local anesthesia in the form of eye drops. These completely numb the eyes but you will be completely awake for the entire surgery.
To make you feel comfortable and relaxed, the eye surgeons explain every step of the surgery.
What happens if you blink during LASIK?
Most people envision LASIK to involve big, scary lasers which shoot beams into their eyes. If you’re someone who has trouble putting things in your eyes, then this image is quite worrisome.
So how do you keep from blinking during eye surgery?
Surgeons use a special blinking retainer called a lid speculum. This gently holds the eyelid in place and helps prevent blinking. State-of-the-art LASIK equipment also tracks the eye’s movement at an incredible speed of 4,000 times per second. This means that if you did blink or move your eye during surgery—which is virtually impossible—the LASIK equipment would halt operations. It will resume as soon as the eye is back in place.
What does laser eye surgery do?
LASIK surgery corrects refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Laser eye surgery works by reshaping the cornea. The cornea focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye. If you’re nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, your cornea does not reflect light correctly. Reshaping your cornea with lasers helps it focus light to create a more sharp and clear image.
What’s the best laser eye surgery?
We answered the question, “are you awake during laser eye surgery?” Now you may be wondering what the best laser eye surgery is for you. To find out, we recommend getting a free video appointment with our eye specialist. Here we can answer any questions you may have about laser eye surgery.