PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a refractive surgery that remedies nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Many people elect this procedure because it offers life-changing results that allow them to get back to living life on their own terms.
PRK was actually the first laser vision correction surgery, that while similar to LASIK, does offer some slight differences. The main difference is in the procedure itself because PRK requires the removal of a thin part of the cornea before reshaping the underlying tissue. Over time, the eye will heal itself, and better vision quickly follows.
Because PRK requires a bit longer of recovery, it’s even more critical to listen to your doctor’s follow-up instructions. You will be asked not to rub your eyes after PRK to allow the eye to heal properly. Rubbing your eyes could keep the area irritated. It may take a few weeks or even months before your eye is fully healed, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re not doing anything that will hinder your recovery or even permanently damage your eye.
PRK is a simple and effective surgery, but there are some uncomfortable side effects during the first few days following the procedure. You should expect your eyes to hurt, burn, and itch for the first three or four days after the procedure. While you may be tempted to rub your eyes, you should absolutely avoid it. Ask your doctor when you may use eye drops, as this may help relieve some of the initial irritation.
It is not uncommon for some people to have a better vision right away that then worsens a little over time. Typically, after a few weeks, this issue corrects itself, and patients can see clearly once again.
The best thing people can do following PRK is to allow ample time for resting. You should expect to be able to drive and other tasks for about one week following the surgery. However, your vision won’t be working at its best for quite some time. You may need to wear glasses still to complete certain tasks.
It is also critical to attend all follow-up care appointments so that your doctor can closely monitor your healing process. Don’t get impatient with the recovery time, as this may lead you to do certain tasks before you are truly ready. While complications are rare, they can happen, and it’s critical that you let your doctor know right away if you notice any bursts of light or halos around lights at night. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor should you experience any other changes in your vision.
Are you interested in learning more about vision correction procedures? Reach out to us at Laser Vision Delaware. We understand the importance of educating our patients about potential procedures so that they can be part of making those critical decisions about their eye health. Contact our office today to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation. Your eyesight matters, and we’re here to help!