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What to Expect During Prk Recovery

Are you con­sid­er­ing cor­rec­tive eye surgery? You may have heard of Lasik and PRK results and how life-chang­ing they can be. It’s impor­tant to remem­ber that both surg­eries are very dif­fer­ent but pro­duce the same pos­i­tive results. While Lasik eye surgery may seem like mag­ic, the PRK pro­ce­dure may feel like a marathon! Although PRK recov­ery sto­ries may include a longer jour­ney, the road to healthy vision is total­ly worth it. In fact, there is over­whelm­ing evi­dence show­ing that the major­i­ty of patients do not need con­tacts or glass­es after PRK surgery. And with our world class staff and mul­ti­ple loca­tions, we can work around your sched­ule and needs for supe­ri­or results using the lat­est tech­nolo­gies. 

Should I Get PRK

If you are con­sid­er­ing cor­rec­tive eye surgery, it’s best to be aware of the advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of both Lasik and PRK pro­ce­dures. Although Lasik has become more pop­u­lar, the results are still the same. Gen­er­al­ly, PRK is rec­om­mend­ed for patients with thin­ner or slight­ly irreg­u­lar corneas and those at risk for dry eyes and oth­er con­di­tions. Your doc­tor will be able to make a rec­om­men­da­tion for you dur­ing your con­sul­ta­tion. 

First, let’s sim­pli­fy what PRK is in-depth. The acronym PRK stands for Pho­tore­frac­tive Ker­a­te­c­to­my and the pro­ce­dure is part of a larg­er group called “sur­face abla­tions”. This is due to the fact that a laser is used direct­ly on the cornea rather than under the flap-like LASIK. The pro­ce­dure has been per­formed for over 20 years through­out the world and takes only about 5 min­utes per eye under top­i­cal anes­the­sia. 

A rotat­ing brush is used to gen­tly remove sur­face cells dur­ing the treat­ment, which takes only 10 sec­onds. This method allows us to bet­ter man­age treat­ment time while min­i­miz­ing anx­i­ety for our patients. Addi­tion­al­ly, we use MMC, also referred to as mit­o­mycin to remove more than 30 microns of tis­sue and has demon­strat­ed a reduced risk in corneal haz­ing and scar­ring. Patient under sterile cover

What Should I Expect During PRK Surgery? 

There are many advan­tages to PRK surgery and choos­ing the right doc­tor can make all the dif­fer­ence in PRK results. A for­mer Chief of Oph­thal­mol­o­gy and Med­ical Direc­tor of the Air Force Acad­e­my Laser Eye Clin­ic, Dr. Stet­son is one of our acclaimed sur­geons. He was cho­sen as the first sur­geon to per­form a LASIK pro­ce­dure on an active duty mem­ber, a four star gen­er­al in charge of US Space Com­mand. His work has been rec­og­nized as a trans­for­ma­tion­al force in Air Force reg­u­la­tions by allow­ing LASIK pro­ce­dures to be con­duct­ed on active duty USAF mem­bers. With more than 65,000 refrac­tive surg­eries per­formed, Dr. Stet­son is now the med­ical direc­tor of Dia­mond Vision. With Dr. Stet­son on your team, here are some of the advan­tages you can expect from a PRK pro­ce­dure: 

  • Long term sta­bil­i­ty and integri­ty of your eyes remains intact com­pared to LASIK surgery
  • If nec­es­sary, a “touch up” pro­ce­dure is avail­able to PRK patients
  • A lack of dis­rup­tion in the nerve tis­sue of your eyes makes you less like­ly to get dry eyes
  • Flap relat­ed issues and com­pli­ca­tions are less like­ly
  • The pro­ce­dure is more com­fort­able

What Should I Expect During PRK Recovery? 

It’s no secret that PRK recov­ery times are longer than LASIK pro­ce­dures and for a good rea­son. The pro­ce­dure has been around for 20 years and advance­ments con­tin­ue to cre­ate less risk for the surgery. PRK uses the same laser as LASIK with a much sim­pler pro­ce­dure that involves the reshap­ing of the cornea. 

  • The PRK Pro­ce­dure

Before the pro­ce­dure begins, you’ll have a con­sul­ta­tion with your doc­tor to deter­mine your vision and can­di­da­cy. LASIK dif­fers from PRK sig­nif­i­cant­ly because a flap is cre­at­ed on the cornea and the tis­sue is reshaped under­neath. This pos­es a risk of the corneal flap becom­ing dis­con­nect­ed in the event of an acci­dent. The PRK recov­ery times can take up to 3 months as the sur­face lay­er of the cornea grows back over time. In con­trast, LASIK recu­per­a­tion takes place in a mat­ter of days. Your doc­tor will make the appro­pri­ate deter­mi­na­tion. 

After your surgery is sched­uled, you’ll be asked to use eye drops the week before your appoint­ment and to ensure all debris and make­up is removed from your face. You’ll also be asked to refrain from using con­tacts to prep for the pro­ce­dure. On your arrival, you will be asked to wear a sur­gi­cal cap, booties, and giv­en med­ica­tion to ease anx­i­ety. Your doc­tor will give you numb­ing eye drops and begin the pro­ce­dure imme­di­ate­ly. In a mat­ter of 15 min­utes, you should be done with­out any PRK pain after surgery. Dur­ing the pro­ce­dure, you may feel slight pres­sure on your eye but noth­ing sig­nif­i­cant or uncom­fort­able. 

  • The PRK Recov­ery 

After the pro­ce­dure is com­plete, your doc­tor will give you a soft con­tact lens with­out a pre­scrip­tion that will act as a ban­dage for your eyes. The med­ical staff will also pro­vide you with plas­tic shields and large sun­glass­es to pro­tect your eyes from light sen­si­tiv­i­ty. You should be able to see very well imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dure but your vision will fluc­tu­ate over the few weeks of heal­ing. 

Some PRK recov­ery sto­ries indi­cate that your eyes may feel very dry for the first few days of post-op. Your doc­tor will pre­scribe eye drops to use hourly to help with this and request that you return in about a week to remove the soft con­tact lens­es. A cou­ple of weeks into reha­bil­i­ta­tion, your PRK results will fluc­tu­ate because your eyes may heal at dif­fer­ent rates. By the end of the sec­ond week, you should notice sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved vision and bal­anced heal­ing. woman using eye drop

After two to three weeks, PRK results are usu­al­ly com­plete and your vision should be ful­ly restored. The dry­ness, blur­ri­ness, and dis­com­fort should be com­plete­ly gone. Now, you can get rid of those con­tacts and glass­es for good. From this moment for­ward, you will wake up to per­fect vision dai­ly! Many patients often report hav­ing bet­ter than 20/20 vision fol­low­ing a PRK pro­ce­dure. 

  • The PRK Expense

The PRK pro­ce­dure is more expen­sive than LASIK because it is con­sid­ered a spe­cial­ty pro­ce­dure. It is meant to address patients with abnor­mal eye mea­sure­ments and oth­er lim­it­ing con­di­tions. What we offer at Dia­mond Vision are much more sophis­ti­cat­ed and cost­ly treat­ments and equip­ment for sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved PRK results. This includes the use of intra­op­er­a­tive eye drops like Mitomycin‑C and improved sur­gi­cal instru­ments like the Amoils rotary epithe­li­um brush. We also use the new Lotemax gel drops for post-oper­a­tive PRK care. 

Take the Next Step for Perfect Vision Now

Are you ready to step into a new chap­ter of clar­i­ty in your life? That’s what you’ll get with Dia­mond Vision PRK eye surgery, cour­tesy of our world-class doc­tors and med­ical staff. With a total of 10 con­ve­nient loca­tions through­out New York, New Jer­sey, Con­necti­cut, and Geor­gia, we make the process of sched­ul­ing easy and accom­mo­dat­ing. 

We have a num­ber of financ­ing options avail­able, so don’t let cost stop you from 20/20 vision for the rest of your life. Also, we offer a Life­time Dia­mond Care Guar­an­tee that will give you peace of mind that includes: 

  • 1 year of unlim­it­ed post­op­er­a­tive fol­low-ups
  • A life­time or des­ig­nat­ed amount of times­pan of free or dis­count­ed enhance­ment pro­ce­dures if need­ed and based on the pack­age pur­chased with the surgery

Now that we’ve cov­ered all of the basics, book your free con­sul­ta­tion with us today for per­fect vision!

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