Many patients are concerned about driving after receiving dilating drops. Dilating drops cause two effects: large pupils and difficulty focusing. For adults, the drops make the pupils large for 6-12 hours, causing light to be more bothersome. This can be partially helped by using sunglasses. We provide complimentary disposable sunglasses for anyone who needs them. Difficulty focusing usually lasts 3-6 hours, and it commonly affects near vision more than distance vision. Many people feel comfortable driving because their distance vision is less bothered, and they can wear sunglasses for the brightness. Others feel quite impaired by the dilation process. We strongly urge anyone who feels uncomfortable driving after dilation to make other arrangements.
For children, the dilation drops last approximately twice as long as the drops used in adults.
Surgery is most commonly performed at CoxHealth Surgery Center on Walnut Lawn. This is an excellent outpatient surgery center. Sometimes patients do not meet the physical criteria that would allow them to have surgery at that facility. In those cases, surgery is performed at Cox South Hospital.