- What are the advantages for topical anesthesia? For regional anesthesia?
The main advantage of topical (eye drop) anesthesia is ease of use. Advantages for regional anesthesia (eye block) include blocking eye movement during surgery. There are medical reasons your ophthalmologist may prefer one technique over the other.
- What are the risks for topical and regional anesthesia?
The risks for topical anesthesia are very minimal, however, there are reasons your ophthalmologist may wish to use the “eye block” technique. The risks for the regional or “eye block” technique are quite rare, but include bleeding, infection, and mild discomfort (during the injection). It is a safe and proven technique for eye surgery.
- What kind of sedation will I receive?
Almost all patients receive a mild sedative (anti-anxiety) through intravenous tubing whether they have eye drop or eye block anesthesia.
- When can I drive?
At discharge, you will receive instructions regarding resuming normal activities. Every patient differs with respect to the operation performed, anesthesia received, pain medications, etc. All patients receive individualized instructions at discharge.
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