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What kind of anesthesia do get for eye surgery?

What kind of anesthesia do get for eye surgery?

It depends: This depends on the type of surgery. Many eye surgeries such as lasik and cataract surgery only use topical drops for anesthesia. Sometimes the topical drops are supplemented with mild sedation from IV medication or oral sedatives. Other eye surgeries such as retinal surgeries will have a local anesthesia with an injection around the eye. In rare cases we will use general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


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What kind of anasthesia are you given in an eye surgery?

Light sedation: Most cases that I have done have involved a little IV sedation along with local anesthetic on the eye. Discuss with your ophthalmologist what they use. ...Read more

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What kind of anesthesia do they put u on for eye surgery?

What kind of anesthesia do they put u on for eye surgery?

It depends...: Depending on the type of eye surgery, you may have local anesthetic, sedation, or general anesthesia. Often, heavy sedation is used to perform an "eye block" for anesthesia, and then you receive light sedation for comfort. Few more complex or emergent eye procedures require general anesthesia. Most common eye surgeries such as Lasix (furosemide) or cataracts are done using local anesthetic and maybe sedation. ...Read more

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Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia. Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?

Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia.  Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?

No: Commonly used drugs for anesthesia do not directly cause eye floaters. You should see an eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice a sudden increase in floaters, eye pain, changes in vision. ...Read more

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Blurred vision from anesthesia two weeks after rotator cuff surgery . Eyes red and glassy otherwise good outcome.

Blurred vision from anesthesia two weeks after rotator cuff surgery . Eyes red and glassy otherwise good outcome.

Call your doctor: This may be a side effect due to a medication you are talking. Call your doctor and check. Otherwise, see an eye doc to find out what is going on. Glad the shoulder is doing fine! ...Read more

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I am having laser eye surgery I am a little nervous will I feel anything or am I under anesthesia please explain?

I am having laser eye surgery I am a little nervous will I feel anything or am I under anesthesia please explain?

No worries!: Most laser procedures are completely painless but it depends on the type of laser. PRP laser for diabetic retinopathy, can feel achy as 1200 spots of laser are applied to the peripheral retina, so if you're having this laser you might need a retro bulbar block. Yag capsulotomy, on the other hand, is entirely painless, no block needed. Ask your doc questions and feel less worried! ...Read more

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Is eye surgery for a 93 y.O.?

Is eye surgery for a 93 y.O.?

Too old to see?: Age does not determine the necessity for eye surgery but does impact the outcome. Always balance potential benefit of proposed surgery and risks with age being only one of those factors. Frank discussion with doctor and family should help find common ground. ...Read more

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My 5 y/o niece is very shortsighted with 1 eye worse than the other + astigmatism on both. Should she have eye surgery now or wait until she's older?

My 5 y/o niece is very shortsighted with 1 eye worse than the other + astigmatism on both. Should she have eye surgery now or wait until she's older?

Confusing question: The primary treatment of unequal eye power is through glasses, not surgery. If the child is developing amblyopia, (vision loss in the weaker eye), glasses and/or patching would still be the 1st effort. If the eyes did not line up correctly, patching might help first, but delicate eye muscle surgery may be needed. ...Read more