4 Common Eye Surgery Steps
You are scheduled to have eye surgery in a couple of weeks. Every time you think about the upcoming procedure, you start to get uncomfortably anxious. You wonder if your nerves can take much more wor-rying. If you can relate, you may be able to find some peace by familiarizing yourself with 4 common eye surgery steps.
Dilate the Pupils
During many types of eye surgeries, including cataract surgery, patients’ pupils are dilated. To accomplish this task, doctors place eye drops into patients’ eyes. The eye drops cause the black part of a person’s eye to become larger. This process gives the surgeon a better view of the area that needs attention.
Numb the Eyes
After dilation, your eyes will probably be numbed. Depending on the type of local anesthesia used, your eyes may be numb for a few hours. Obviously, your physician doesn’t want you to feel pain during your procedure.
Administer Relaxation Medication
If you appear overly anxious, your surgeon may give you some relaxation medication. Some doctors ad-minister sedation medicine to all of their eye surgery candidates. While this type of medication may not put you to sleep, you will probably feel disoriented.
Make the Incisions
Perhaps the most important part of an eye surgery is the incision step. Depending on the type of surgery you need, your eye doctor may choose to use a small scalpel. However, many physicians are now turning to expert lasers to make the important cuts in patients’ eyes.
Once the surgery is complete, your doctor may or may not need to close the incisions with stitches. If you’re undergoing LASIK surgery, your wound probably won’t require stitches. However, if you need cataract surgery, your doctor might need to stitch up the affected part of your eye.
Where surgery is concerned, surprises are usually not welcome. Knowing the basic steps of common eye surgeries will help you prepare for your upcoming procedure.