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Quick Look at PRK Recovery Timeline

You’ve final­ly reached the point of frus­tra­tion where you can no longer deal with the annoy­ing has­sle of putting in con­tacts every morn­ing, dry eyes through­out the day or won­der­ing where you put your glass­es. Laser eye surgery has helped thou­sands of indi­vid­u­als like your­self free them­selves from the incon­ve­nience of poor vision. While there are a few laser eye surgery options avail­able today, PRK is one of the more pop­u­lar ones that offer advan­tages com­pared to the oth­ers.

One of the biggest decid­ing fac­tors that most indi­vid­u­als inquire about is the recov­ery time after the pro­ce­dure. While PRK takes a lit­tle while longer to recov­er com­pared to LASIK or oth­er pro­ce­dures due to the nature of the surgery, PRK does not require a flap in the out­er cornea to reshape and cor­rect for vision. Typ­i­cal­ly, indi­vid­u­als who do not make good can­di­dates for LASIK due to thin corneas will be bet­ter suit­ed for PRK. The gen­er­al PRK recov­ery time­line looks like this:

First Few Days: this is viewed as the most impor­tant peri­od of the recov­ery process because how the heal­ing process begins will have a huge influ­ence on the remain­der of the recov­ery. Minor pain, scratch­i­ness, and dis­com­fort are very com­mon but it is imper­a­tive to not rub or scratch your eyes as that will com­pli­cate the heal­ing. Fol­low­ing the pre­scribed med­ica­tion sched­ule of eye drops is cru­cial. Your sur­geon will want to see you short­ly after your pro­ce­dure to make sure things went smooth­ly and how the heal­ing process has begun.

Weeks After: sen­si­tiv­i­ty to light, poor night vision and halo’s around lights are also very com­mon dur­ing the recov­ery process as your eyes con­tin­ue to heal. The first month is when patients expe­ri­ence the largest improve­ment in vision and most expe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment after the first week. Dur­ing the weeks and months fol­low­ing your PRK pro­ce­dure, your doc­tor will sched­ule a series of check­up appoint­ments to make sure that your heal­ing is right on track.

Months After: the sixth-month mark is the mile­stone in the recov­ery process that should resolve all remain­ing recov­ery symp­toms (most expe­ri­ence clear, cor­rect­ed vision much soon­er). Your sur­geon may still want to see you (less fre­quent­ly) just to ensure that you are com­plete­ly sat­is­fied with your results.

(This is a brief overview of the typ­i­cal time­line for PRK surgery recov­ery, always con­sult with your eye doc­tor)

The most impor­tant aspect of recov­er­ing from PRK is hav­ing the best sur­geon per­form the pro­ce­dure. Our award-win­ning staff at Dia­mond Vision have per­formed thou­sands of suc­cess­ful PRK pro­ce­dures and our track record extreme­ly sat­is­fied patients speak for itself. To learn more about the dif­fer­ent laser eye surgery options and to sched­ule a free con­sul­ta­tion, vis­it https://diamondvision.com/prk-eye-surgery/.

May 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Quick Look at PRK Recovery Timeline

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