Eye Surgery

Eye surgery is used to treat a variety of conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, detached retinas, retinal tears, diabetic retinopathy, and nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Eye Surgery

There are some types of eye surgery in which general anesthesia, which keeps you unconscious during the entire procedure, is either necessary or an option. However, it is more likely that you will receive monitored sedation to relax you, with a complementary regional anesthesia block to prevent you from feeling any pain. Sedation is usually provided through an IV placed in a vein. Blocks are provided through an injection near the eye.

Although the level of sedation varies depending on the procedure and the patient, it will most often be minimal so that you remain awake while feeling relaxed. This level of sedation is very important for eye surgery because the doctor does not want your head to move. That can happen if you are sedated to a point where you are confused or fall asleep and snore. A special consideration for blepharoplasty is that too much sedation can make your eyelids appear droopier than they typically are, resulting in an overcorrection by the surgeon.

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