After PRK, patients can typically resume normal activities within one week. However, it may take up to six months to achieve optimal vision. During this period, it is important to maintain follow-up appointments and protect your eyes from irritants. Dr. Robert Chen of Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons in West Nyack and Garnerville, NY, is dedicated to your personalized care and can provide thorough at-home instructions for a smooth PRK recovery. By adhering to their guidelines, you can reduce your risk of complications and encourage proper healing.
What to Expect Immediately after PRK
During PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), your doctor will remove the top layer of your cornea, or epithelium. As such, you will need to exercise caution to protect your eye as the tissue grows back. After your procedure, your surgeon will provide a protective contact lens for you to wear for the next two to three days. During this time, you may experience intermittent blurred vision, itchiness, and irritation. However, all of these symptoms can be successfully managed using prescription eye drop medication. You should also rest your eyes and minimize reading, watching TV, and using your computer for the few days following surgery.
Protect Your Eyes as They Heal
While we take every precaution to ensure your safety, you can further reduce your risk of complications by following our at-home care instructions. It is also crucial to visit our office for follow-up appointments, so your doctor can monitor your progress. Your first visit will take place within a week of surgery, and additional visits can be scheduled on a weekly or monthly basis.
It is crucial to visit our office for follow-up appointments, so your doctor can monitor your progress.
You should also refrain from rubbing your eyes, smoking, swimming, or engaging in strenuous physical activity during the first two weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you as to when it is safe to resume normal exercise.
Long-Term Outlook for Recovery
Although any initial discomfort should fade within a few days of PRK surgery, you may continue to experience some residual symptoms over the next several weeks. Side effects may include halos, light sensitivity, and dry eyes. Despite these symptoms, your vision should improve dramatically over the first month.
While it may take up to six months before your vision completely stabilizes, you can expect to rely far less on glasses or contact lenses. Once recovery is complete, you can expect to enjoy driving without corrective lenses, or join the 95 percent of PRK patients who experience 20/20 vision.
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To ensure you feel confident in our services at Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons, we can review any questions you may have regarding the PRK procedure and recovery during your consultation. To schedule your appointment, contact our office online or call us at (845) 947-2240.