Photorefractive Keratectomy, otherwise known as PRK, is a type of refractive surgery to correct vision problems, including issues such as difficulty seeing at a distance, within a close range, or with astigmatism. It is a type of laser surgery that was developed before LASIK surgery came along. If you are thinking about the PRK procedure to correct your vision, you should do your homework first. It’s understandable that you are tired of dealing with contact lenses or glasses. You want to simply be able to open your eyes each morning, get up, and go. Before you schedule your appointment for a PRK appointment, you should make an informed decision. Learn about the recovery process to help you to decide if the PRK procedure is right for you.
What to Expect for Your Recovery Time after the PRK Procedure
The PRK procedure has gone through many advances in technology over the years. Today, it is often referred to as advanced surface ablation and is the procedure of choice for many patients who opt for it over LASIK surgery. The PRK procedure takes a bit longer than LASIK. You can expect it the procedure to last about ten minutes for both eyes while LASIK generally takes half the time. PRK will not cause any pain during your procedure. Many people who are able to compare LASIK versus PRK may tell you that PRK is more comfortable as it only involves one step with the laser.
When your procedure is complete, you will need to wear special contacts that do not have a prescription. You’ll wear these lenses for four days. Once your contacts are taken out, your vision will only continue to become sharper. You should take care to wear sunglasses for at least six weeks after your procedure to protect your eyes. Plan on wearing them even on an overcast day. To really be proactive about avoiding damage from the sun’s rays, sunglasses should be a part of your regular wear whether you have had the PRK procedure or not.
Learn More About the PRK Procedure from Dr. Patel
Whether you choose the PRK procedure or LASIK should be a decision that is made with the assistance of an expert. Make an appointment to see Dr. Patel at the Wichita Vision Institute for a complete evaluation. Dr. Patel will determine which type of eye procedure could be most beneficial for you, if you are a candidate for surgery. If the PRK procedure is your best alternative, contact us to schedule your appointment!