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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing a radial keratotomy?
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but
Patients may be given an oral sedative (valium, xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, etc.
) either just before or immediately after corneal refractive surgery. I am more concerned as to whether you meant photorefractive keratomileusis (prk) which is performed by laser, rather than radial keratotomy (rk) - an older treatment using a blade. Rk is usually not performed anymore since prk and lasik are safer.

In brief: Yes, but
Patients may be given an oral sedative (valium, xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, etc.
) either just before or immediately after corneal refractive surgery. I am more concerned as to whether you meant photorefractive keratomileusis (prk) which is performed by laser, rather than radial keratotomy (rk) - an older treatment using a blade. Rk is usually not performed anymore since prk and lasik are safer.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Often we can give a short acting anti anxiety medication such as lorazapam, xanax, (alprazolam) or Ativan to calm patients for refractive surgery.
Be sure to tell your surgeon of all medications that you are taking, and we can avoid any potential interactions.

In brief: Yes
Often we can give a short acting anti anxiety medication such as lorazapam, xanax, (alprazolam) or Ativan to calm patients for refractive surgery.
Be sure to tell your surgeon of all medications that you are taking, and we can avoid any potential interactions.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
Thank
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