What types of anaesthesia are available?
Oculoplastic and lacrimal surgery is very often done under local anaesthetic. The majority of our oculoplastic eyelid surgeries are done here at Clinica London with local anaesthetic meaning eyedrops and a little bit of infiltrative anaesthesia to deaden the area is going to be operated on.
If you’re feeling a little bit nervous, we can give you some light sedation and some pain killer in advance, but it is often not needed, because once the area is deadened by local anaesthetic, you don’t feel anything.
The tear duct surgery – the lacrimal surgery – a lot of that can be also done under local anaesthetic. For instance we do something what’s called light DCR (day case local anaesthetic operation) which is done here in the clinic and it saves you from having to go the hospital and having a full general anaesthetic. And we’re really specialised in that area to perfect that for you.
But there are still some patients that don’t want a local anaesthetic, but the full general one and so for the general anaesthetic if you are an adult, I take you over to the London Clinic. If it’s your child, then we go to the Harley Street Clinic.
We have very good anaesthetists to work with us. There are adult anaesthetist who have worked with me for years and we have specific anaesthetists for children who are specially trained for children’s anaesthesia.
More about Jane Olver
Ms Jane Olver is the founder of Clinica London and a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon. Her special expertise is in oculoplastic and cosmetic eye surgery including eyelids and lacrimal surgery. She is specialised in endoscopic lacrimal surgery for watering eyes in adults and children. She has over 20 years’ experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and has published extensively in scientific journals about Ophthalmology and Lacrimal Surgery and is the author of the books “Ophthalmology at a Glance” and “Colour Atlas of Lacrimal Surgery”. At Clinica London, she is responsible for the Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery part, as well as patients with eye, eyelid and tear duct problems, and acute eye problems.