The team at Broberg Eye Care believes patients deserve the best surgical treatment possible, as well as attentive pre-op and post-op care. This focus on the various phases of surgery and recovery has made us one of the leading laser eye surgery centers in the greater Austin area.
We’d like to take a moment to consider the recovery process for patients who undergo PRK, an effective alternative to LASIK surgery. As you’ll read, the healing process is similar to other kinds of eye surgeries.
Is Healing from PRK Painful?
There is soreness and discomfort associated with PRK recovery, this is true, but on the whole, the pain that patients experience after their surgery is quite tolerable. If you experience any discomfort after laser eye surgery, it can generally be managed by taking over-the-counter pain relievers that your eye surgeon has recommended. The soreness will typically be most noticeable in the first few days, abating with time.
What to Expect Immediately Following PRK
After PRK, patients can expect some discomfort and issues with light sensitivity. This is normal, and it’s important that patients rest and avoid touching their eyes following surgery. This will help ensure a problem-free recovery.
Avoid Eyestrain After PRK
In the first 24 hours after PRK, it’s important that patients avoid any activities that may result in eyestrain. This includes reading, using the computer, watching TV or movies, and so forth. By resting your eyes for the first day, you will improve your overall healing experience.
Wear Your Eye Shields as Directed
Refractive surgery patients are given eye shields to wear after their surgery. These protective goggles will prevent patients from rubbing their eyes and other forms of incidental contact. They also help prevent particulate matter from getting in the eyes. Be sure to wear these eyes shields based on your surgeon’s orders.
Use Medicated Eye Drops as Directed
In order to prevent infection and ensure proper healing, PRK patients are often given medicated eye drops that they are instructed to use following their surgery. Be sure to use these drops as directed after your procedure has been performed.
Wear Sunglasses When Outdoors
Light sensitivity is quite common after any kind of eye surgery. In order to address issues with light sensitivity, it’s a good idea to wear sunglasses when outdoors and to avoid bright or harsh lights indoors. A hat with a brim is also helpful for dealing with these sorts of issues.
Attend Follow-Up Visits as Scheduled
A series of follow-up visits occur after PRK so your eye surgeon can monitor the progress of your recovery and address any concerns as they arise. Be sure to attend all of these visits so you can discuss your recovery and so your eye surgeon can offer expert advice for any issues you’ve had.
Carry Liquid Tears with You at All Times
Dry eye is a common side effect of PRK in the months after surgery. Irritation and itchiness of the eyes can be annoying, but thankfully you can use liquid tears to manage these issues. Always have lubricating eye drops with you at all times, as these can be a real help during dry eye attacks. In addition, you may want to avoid dry, dusty, windy, and smoky environments in those early weeks of healing as these conditions can prompt a dry eye attack.
Schedule a Consultation at Broberg Eye Care
To learn more about PRK and your many other options for advanced eye care, be sure to contact our laser vision correction center today. The team here at Broberg Eye Care looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve great vision.