PRK Procedure
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LASIK Carlsbad Eye Doctor
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), aka Surface Ablation, is a laser surgery procedure used to correct vision problems. Many people have conditions like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

PRK refractive surgery can correct these conditions and reduce one’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. PRK and LASIK, although similar, have key differences. Dr. Tracy is a Board-certified ophthalmologist in North County San Diego, who performs both PRK and LASIK to correct a variety of vision problems.
How does PRK surgery work?
You will have an initial consultation with Dr. Tracy to see if you are a good candidate for PRK. During this consultation, Dr. Tracy will dilate and examine your eyes, measure your refractive errors, map your eyes using a corneal topographer, and discuss your medical history with you. Everyone’s eyes are different, so it’s important for Dr. Tracy to thoroughly measure your eyes to determine if you are an eligible candidate for PRK surgery. Certain factors like your age, if you take medications, if you are pregnant, and if you have any diseases or medical conditions can affect your candidacy for PRK. It’s best to address any medical issues or concerns prior to surgery to ensure the best possible results.

If you wear contact lenses, you will need to stop wearing them for at least 2 weeks prior to your consultation or your repeat testing appointment. Contact lenses can distort your cornea, so it’s important to leave them out for the required period of time to allow your cornea to return to its natural shape before getting the final measurements taken of your eyes.

Unlike LASIK eye surgery, PRK does not involve cutting a flap in the cornea. Instead, PRK eye surgery involves brushing away the outermost layer of the cornea (called the epithelium), which reveals the underlying corneal tissue. Then the VISX Excimer laser reshapes the corneal tissue to correct the refractive error and astigmatism, according to your prescription. Overall, the PRK procedure itself takes about 10 minutes per eye. After the procedure, a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye, to protect the epithelium as it heals. Typically, the epithelium grows back in about 3 days. After the epithelium has grown back and healed, the doctor will remove the bandage contact lens.
What to Expect After PRK
On the date of your surgery, you will need someone to drive you home. The following day, you will also need someone to drive you to your 1-day post-op exam. You will need to take antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to prevent infection and swelling. You will also be prescribed pain medication, in case you experience any pain during the recovery period. You will be asked to refrain from strenuous activity for a week, although you may resume normal activity as soon as you feel comfortable. You may experience light sensitivity for about a week, though this usually improves after the initial recovery period of 3-4 days. Eye shields will be given to you to wear while sleeping so that you avoid accidentally rubbing your eyes while sleeping.

For the following few weeks, you will continue using anti-inflammatory eye drops in addition to over-the-counter artificial tears (lubricating eye drops) to keep your eyes healthy. It is important to use artificial tears to avoid dry eyes, because dry eyes can lead to regression of your eyes (where your cornea partially returns to its pre-surgery shape). You will need to keep your follow-up appointments, so that the doctor can make sure your eyes are healing well. If you have any issues or questions during your PRK recovery, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Tracy.
Contact a PRK Expert Today

Dr. Michael Tracy is a Board-certified ophthalmologist and an expert in refractive surgery, such as PRK and LASIK. If you are considering undergoing refractive surgery, don’t hesitate to call us at (760) 603-9910 to schedule your free LASIK or PRK consultation.
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