• Is it possible at all to have LASIK surgery while under general anesthesia?


    Question:

    Is it possible at all to have LASIK surgery while under general anesthesia? I read about places in other states being able to do it that way. Is there a place in Florida that does this?


    Answer:

    It may be possible to do LASIK under general anesthesia, but that presents procedural challenges as the laser facilities are generally kept separate from general anesthesia operating rooms. This is because the most patients do very well undergoing LASIK with mild sedation. Also, it is better that the patient be awake to focus on a light during the procedure. Lastly the risks of general anesthesia are typically higher than those of LASIK. Most LASIK practices do not offer general anesthesia, but you could inquire and may find one that does. I am not aware of any.


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