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Is propofol used for cataract surgery?

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DzooBaby 24 Sep 2013

It depends on the clinic. I worked for two different eye clinics/surgery facilities where they did both eye exams/clinic and surgeries and one outpatient eye surgery clinic that was exclusively surgery. One clinic used it exclusively for their surgeries and the other two used it some and sometimes they used pentothal instead. It can also depend on what the anesthesiologist or anesthetist prefers. You will be awake for the surgery itself. They put you under for about 3-5 minutes to do the numbing injections around your eyes. Once the injections are done, you will wake up and then go into surgery but you will not see or feel anything (although some people see colors as pressure from the instruments stimulate the optic nerve).

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