The Mayo Clinic and University of Rochester Medicine have joined forces to launch a new type of eye surgery, called sleep surgery, that will help patients sleep better and be more comfortable during the daytime.
The Mayo Clinic is one of two hospitals in the country that will offer the surgery.
The first patient will be one in her 20s.
It will be operated on by a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, who will be trained to perform the surgery, said Dr. Joseph R. Ruggiero, associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of New Hampshire School of Medicine.
“The goal of this surgery is to reduce daytime sleepiness and increase daytime sleep efficiency, both of which are important for daytime health,” Ruggie said.
The surgery is not recommended for patients who have sleep apnea or sleep disorder, but Ruggy said that patients who do not have the disorder should be considered for the surgery if they are still sleeping at night.
The surgeons will work with a team of experts who will develop a patient’s treatment plan and evaluate the outcome, Ruggi said.
It may include the use of a sleep-inducing pill or other sleep-related medication, he said.
There is no guarantee the surgery will help the patient sleep better, but it will help him or her get out of bed, said Ruggir.
“You can’t change how you sleep, but you can change how well you sleep,” he said, adding that patients may want to try the surgery again when they’re more confident.
“This surgery will be a first step for the community and will allow us to identify patients who need the most care in order to improve their sleep quality and health,” said Dr