Millions of people undergo this type of operation in complete comfort and safety.
Prior to the operation, your Anaesthetist will ask you about any previous anaesthetic history, and check your heart and blood pressure. A painless local anaesthetic may be applied to your eye, and drops will be inserted to dilate the pupil. The skin around your eye will be cleaned.
During the operation, you are likely to feel drowsy due to the sedation. You will hear what is going on around you and the surgeon’s hands on your face. In fact, your surgeon will usually explain to you what is going on, whilst the procedure is being performed.
Your face and head will be protected by sterile material. Your Anaesthetist will be on hand at all times to monitor your progress. If you feel any discomfort, you should let the Anaesthetists or surgeon know. For most people, all they feel is a slight pressure.
Once the operation is complete, you will need to rest for a little while.
Most patients are able to leave within an hour. However, please remember that you will not be able to drive yourself.
It is recommended that a friend, colleague or family member stay with you, and transport you home.