Although most eye surgery can be performed under local anaesthesia alone, we also offer the option of local anaesthesia with safe, conscious intravenous sedation given by a very experienced and skilled consultant anaesthetist (often referred to as “twilight anaesthesia”).
This form of anaesthesia is so called because patients are only mildly sedated, feeling relaxed and sleepy, in the “twilight state”. It is more commonly known as “i.v. sedation”.
Twilight anaesthesia is extremely popular with our patients and the effects are reversed very quickly. It enables local anaesthetic injections to be given painlessly with little recollection of the surgery and helps to keep patients calm, relaxed and comfortable.