Will my LASIK procedure hurt?
No. Before we begin your procedure, we will numb your eyes with eyedrops. You may feel some slight pressure created by the laser that lasts less than one minute, but the procedure itself shouldn’t hurt. Afterwards, any discomfort you feel will only last a few hours and generally can be relieved with a little sleep, the eyedrops provided, and over-the-counter pain medication.
How long will my LASIK Procedure Take?
It takes approximately 30 minutes from the time you enter the laser suites to complete your laser vision correction. However, we ask our patients to be prepared to spend one hour at Cullom Eye & Laser Center on the day of surgery.
How long will it take my eyes to heal?
Healing takes place quickly and with very little discomfort. You may notice some slight burning and watering in one or both eyes, but with sleep, drops and over-the-counter pain medication, you will most likely feel little to no side effects by the next day. One discomfort that may occur from the procedure is dry eyes, but eye drops will alleviate the symptoms.
What should I expect my results to be?
Results will vary from patient to patient, which is why the consultation and pre-surgical evaluation process is so very important. Each patient’s outcome is determined by the current condition of the eye, their eligibility for a procedure, eye anatomy, and eye and health histories. However, Dr. Cullom has a success rate of over 90% for patients achieving 20/20 vision by the day after surgery.
What are the risks and complications?
Because your eyesight is so important, it is normal to experience a little fear and nervousness. Most patients feel a lot better about the procedure after their consultation and they are fully aware of the entire process. Also, knowing that serious complications are statistically uncommon will help to ease your fears.
The Cullom Eye & Laser Center team will inform you about risks and potential complications associated with LASIK at your pre-surgical exam and in a written informed consent, ranging from very minor, short-term discomfort to serious complications, which are rare. We will also tell you what you can do to avoid some of these risks. Fortunately, the incidence of serious complications is low in the hands of a competent surgeon and the latest in laser vision correction technology.
How soon can I drive after my LASIK procedure?
Most state departments of motor vehicles grant unrestricted driving privileges if your vision is 20/40 or better. You’ll be happy to know that more than 90 percent of all Cullom Eye & Laser Center LASIK patients have this level of vision or better the day after surgery.
When Can I Go Back to Work?
While most patients can go back to work the day after their LASIK procedure, we recommend that if you work in a dusty environment or outdoors, that you wait a couple of days before returning. We also recommend that for the day or two after your procedure, you not schedule any important appointments or meetings, as there may be some slight irritation, watering or blurriness that may limit your visual sharpness. Most patients who receive LASIK surgery at Cullom Eye & Laser Center on a Thursday will take Friday off from work and return on Monday.