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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

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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