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    I'm nervous – can I be sedated for laser eye surgery?

    Written by Mr Dan Gore, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    • During your consultation at Moorfields Private, your surgeon will discuss with you what happens 
    • Anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eyes 
    • What happens during laser eye surgery? 
    • If you’re still really nervous at the thought of laser eye surgery, a sedative can be used.

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    You won’t feel any pain

    Anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eyes so that no pain is felt during the procedure. Advances in laser technology mean that treatments are now very quick – the excimer laser that reshapes the cornea typically takes less than 15 seconds in LASIK and under a minute in TransPRK. During this time you’ll be asked to look at a flashing light above you. You won’t feel any pain, and your surgeon will talk you through the treatment, telling you what to expect at each stage.

    Eye tracking ensures the laser is perfectly aligned

    There is no burning – the laser is non-thermal, but the molecules blown off the eye surface during optical reshaping of the eye smell a bit like burning hair. As well as the clip to help keep your eyelids open during the treatment, the laser tracks your eye movements to ensure the treatment is perfectly aligned. This means that you don’t need to worry about blinking or small eye movements. If you were to suddenly look away, sneeze or cough, the laser will automatically stop and the treatment resumed once your eyes are straight again. 


    What to expect when you have laser eye surgery


    A sedative can be taken if you’re really nervous

    If you’re still really nervous at the thought of laser eye surgery, a sedative in the form of a tablet can be given to help you stay relaxed. This takes about 20 minutes to take effect and you can decide on the day if you wish to have this. If you have sedation for your treatment, we recommend someone accompanies you during your journey home.


    Download the laser information pack


    Speak to our enquires team about booking a consultation today on

    0800 328 3421

    or email 

    enquiries@moorfieldsprivate.co.uk  <mailto:enquiries@moorfieldsprivate.co.uk?subject=Laser%20Sight%20Correction> 

     

    Mr Dan Gore

    Written by Mr Dan Gore

    Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon