PRK is performed as an outpatient procedure, typically taking approximately 15 minutes or less to complete. After you have completed all of the necessary last-minute paperwork and your doctor has checked your eyes one last time, you will be ready to start on the path to clear vision.
Here is how the PRK surgery process will go:
- Your cornea will be numbed with topical anesthetic drops.
- Your doctor carefully removes the thin outer corneal layer (epithelium) with a cool, ultraviolet excimer laser.
- The computer-controlled excimer laser makes the appropriate adjustments needed to correct your unique refractive error.
- After the surgery, a bandage or special contact lens will be applied to help your corneal epithelium regenerate. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home where you should rest for the remainder of the day.
You will be instructed to take antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatory drops to prevent infections and reduce the likelihood of any post-operative complications.
Because the epithelium cells need time to regenerate, you should expect to take several days off work to allow your eyes to heal after PRK. To minimize the risk of infection or other complications, follow your doctor’s post-op instructions and do not rub your eyes as they heal.
It is common to experience some discomfort during this recovery process including:
- Mild pain
- Dry eyes
- Light sensitivity
If any of these symptoms persist, contact your doctor and discuss them during your post-op appointments.
Like LASIK, PRK can be an amazing process that corrects life-long vision problems. It can even help some patients achieve 20/20 vision. If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts, find out if LASIK or PRK in Virginia is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a free LASIK Consultation.