Many LASIK eye surgery candidates spend a lot of time worrying about this question, “Are you awake during LASIK?” The answer to this question is, yes, you will be awake during a laser eye procedure. There are very important reasons why you need to be awake, as well as reasons why this should not cause you any fear or concern for the surgery.
Of course, it is completely understandable to fear any surgical procedure. However, keep in mind that the entire LASIK eye surgery process takes only a few minutes for each eye. The total time spent in the surgery suite is far less than the time you will spend in the recovery room. So while it is true that you will be awake during LASIK surgery, the time in surgery is actually very minimal. Think of it this way: You would likely spend more time in the chair at the dentist’s office during a routine teeth cleaning than you would in laser eye surgery! In fact, we hear from many patients following the surgery that they wish they had not spent so much energy fearing or worrying about the procedure.
Why are you awake during LASIK? While performing the procedure, your LASIK surgeon will need you to respond to simple directives regarding where you should focus your eyes. This movement is necessary as the surgeon uses lasers to correct your vision. If you fear being anxious during your procedure, you will be offered a mild sedative to ease your anxiety, as well as numbing drops for your pain. The fact that you will be awake has no bearing on you experiencing any pain or discomfort.
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