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How Soon After PRK Can I Exercise?

If you wear glass­es or con­tact lens­es, you know the pain of work­ing out. You have worn your glass­es to work and brought your gym bag for the evening. You swap out your out­fit, ready to sweat out the day’s stress­es, only to real­ize you’ve for­got­ten your con­tacts. Glass­es it is. Slip­ping down with your sweat; bob­bing up and down with every stride. Dirty­ing your pores and they slide; near­ly whip­ping off your face as you per­form bicy­cle crunch­es. For­get doing any­thing upside down.

Remem­ber that one day you did remem­ber your con­tacts and took a beau­ti­ful run out­side? The breeze was pick­ing up, com­fort­ing your skin with its cool air. It was sub­lime until it didn’t slow down and dried your eyes out so bad­ly that blink­ing became more rapid than your foot­steps?

For those of us with­out per­fect vision, work­ing out is just one of many activ­i­ties through which we have to imple­ment solu­tions to main­tain a decent lev­el of com­fort.

More com­mon­ly than ever, patients are opt­ing for refrac­tive, cor­rec­tive pro­ce­dures to elim­i­nate the has­sle of glass­es and con­tacts from their lives, entire­ly.

Pho­tore­frac­tive ker­a­te­c­to­my (PRK) is one type of cor­rec­tive vision eye surgery. It improves vision per­ma­nent­ly and allows patients to bid good­bye to their glass­es and con­tacts.

PRK and LASIK are sim­ple pro­ce­dures. It takes a sur­geon only ten min­utes to reshape the cornea using a high-tech laser. The laser cor­rects the errors and leaves the patient with clear vision. PRK does not touch the sur­round­ing tis­sue; it only reshapes the cornea.

The sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure is reli­able and con­stant­ly gain­ing favor­a­bil­i­ty. It is impor­tant to stay on top of the recov­ery process to ensure your best results pos­si­ble.

Here are 6 sim­ple steps to fol­low in your PRK recov­ery:

  • Take spe­cial note of your pre­op­er­a­tive care. Make sure you are treat­ed with prop­er lid hygiene, antibi­otics, and scrubs. Make sure to tell your doc­tor if you have dry eyes for which you’ll receive arti­fi­cial tears or oth­er, com­pa­ra­ble reme­dies.
  • Tell your doc­tor if the post-op lens­es are uncom­fort­able. Imme­di­ate­ly after the pro­ce­dure, you will be fit­ted for lens­es that stay in your eye for a cou­ple days to expe­dite heal­ing from the surgery. If the lens does not fit cor­rect­ly, there could be an issue with the heal­ing. If you have any dis­com­fort or the lens does not feel seam­less, speak up!
  • Take it easy with the anes­thet­ic drops. Too much can delay the heal­ing process. Rely on drops for emer­gency sit­u­a­tions or severe pain; not for sim­ple com­fort increase.
  • Avoid non­s­teroidal top­i­cal solu­tions. They can lead to an ear­ly corneal haze.
  • Main­tain your inflam­ma­tion. Dur­ing the heal­ing process, it is vital that you mon­i­tor inflam­ma­tion and make sure that it is kept at a min­i­mum. If your eyes are inflamed, see your doc­tor before run­ning to the store for steroids. There are too many com­pli­ca­tions and heal­ing delays involved with tak­ing steroids.
  • If you have any pain, chill the cornea.
  • Take it easy for a few days! The pro­ce­dure is so quick, that the heal­ing time seems tan­ta­mount, but lay­ing low for one to two days is noth­ing com­pared to the unlim­it­ed days of vision free­dom you have ahead. Be smart, lay off of exer­cise and screen time. You’ll be a bet­ter you in no time at all.

Exer­cise after PRK is some­thing from a dream! Say good­bye to glass­es slip­ping down your nose and con­tacts get­ting so dry on your run, they’re stick­ing to your corneas (OW!). To get more infor­ma­tion on the pro­ce­dure, reach out to our team at Dia­mond Vision! We can walk you through the process, the pay­ment options, steps of recov­ery and every­thing in between about which you’ll need to know.

October 24th, 2016|Comments Off on How Soon After PRK Can I Exercise?

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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