Kremer Eye Center Blog
PRK Eye Surgery Recovery
May 8, 2017
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is one of the most common types of laser eye surgeries available. Like LASIK, it corrects refractive vision errors and has helped patients all over the world see clearly. Locally, the most notable PRK patient is undoubtedly Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz underwent a PRK procedure at Kremer Eye Center in January of 2017. Since recovering from the surgery, his vision has improved and no longer needs contact lenses or glasses.
PRK will correct vision for all patients, but everyone will experience a slightly different PRK eye surgery recovery process. To give you an idea of what you can expect after the surgery, here is your guide to PRK eye surgery recovery.
PRK Eye Surgery Recovery: The First Few Days
PRK eye surgery is a simple procedure used to correct refractive errors. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the outer layer of the cornea. Then, a laser is used to reshape the cornea. Overall, the surgery only takes a few minutes for each eye.
Patients should spend the first few days of recovery resting their eyes. Since PRK involves removing the outer layer of the cornea, rest is mandatory to ensure the eyes heal properly.
You will also need to schedule your first follow-up appointment for the next day so your eye doctor can evaluate the procedure’s effects on your vision and overall eye health. After that, you will need to schedule more follow-up appointments throughout the length of your PRK eye surgery recovery to make sure everything is healing properly.
It is normal for patients to notice some discomfort, itchiness, and mild pain after PRK.
PRK Eye Surgery Recovery: After a Few Weeks
Many patients will see a significant improvement in their eyesight in as little as a week after the procedure. However, as your eyes continue to heal, you may also experience light sensitivity and difficulty seeing at night.
These symptoms are normal and should subside after a few weeks as your eyes continue to heal. If you are still experiencing these symptoms after an extended period of time, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor as these could be signs of a serious issue.
PRK Eye Surgery Recovery: After a Few Months
Most patients will no longer experience discomfort or light sensitivity months after PRK. They should also be able to see clearly at this point in the recovery process.
Follow-up appointments with your doctor are still required several months after PRK. These evaluations ensure that your eyes are healing well. They will also help your doctor spot and treat any problems as early as possible to reduce the risk of them affecting the recovery process and damaging your eyes.
PRK is one of the easiest and most effective ways to correct refractive errors. This guide can help you get a better idea of what you can expect during and after the procedure, but if you would like to learn more, check out our post on Photorefractive Keratectomy vs. LASIK.