If you have any questions or concerns about PRK surgery, please call Laser Vision Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware at 302-656-2020 today.
PRK, also known as photorefractive keratectomy, refers to a type of refractive surgery performed to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. PRK was big before LASIK was even a thing. Nowadays, it is still performed on patients in certain circumstances and differs from LASIK in a number of ways. The recovery process, for starters, tends to last longer than the LASIK recovery period. In fact, following PRK surgery, it may take weeks or months before your eyesight completely stabilizes. Fortunately, most people are able to resume driving a week or two after the procedure. Also, PRK patients tend to experience more discomfort than LASIK patients. On top of that, there are certain things you shouldn’t do right after PRK surgery to ensure everything heals properly.
During PRK surgery, your doctor will use a laser to correct vision problems caused by refractive errors. Refractive errors prevent your eyes from bending, or refracting, light properly. Once corrected, you may no longer have to wear contacts or glasses.
One of the most important things to avoid shortly after PRK surgery is bright lights. This includes harsh sunlight and bright indoor lights. Your eyes will be sensitive for a while and bright lights may cause discomfort. In order to protect your eyes, try to wear a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses to block the light for a while.
Your eyes will be prone to discomfort shortly after PRK surgery. Certain environments may increase this. Just like bright sunlight, you should try to avoid smoky, dry, and dusty environments. These types of environments may trigger uncomfortable dry eye attacks.
Makeup and creams can also irritate your eyes after PRK surgery. Many popular creams and lotions also contain chemicals that can be harmful to your sensitive eyes. Because of that, they should be avoided for at least seven days after the procedure.
Now is not the time for swimming and you should wait a few days before getting water in your eyes during a shower. Both water and sweat can irritate your eyes and cause discomfort.
Some medications cause side effects that may harm or irritate your eyes. Because of this, you should always consult with your eye doctor before taking any type of medication, including aspirin.
Follow-up appointments are essential to your eye health, especially following a PRK procedure. Follow-up appointments allow your doctor to monitor your eyes to ensure they are healing properly. They’re also good times to voice any questions or concerns you may have, such as any pain you may be feeling. Unlike LASIK, PRK procedures are typically followed by multiple follow-up visits.
Are you preparing for a PRK procedure? Do you have questions or concerns about the procedure? Laser Vision Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware, can help. Contact us at 302-656-2020 to schedule a consultation today.