Before and After PRK
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LASIK Carlsbad Eye Doctor
Many people experience some type of vision problem, like myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism (distorted vision).

Glasses or contact lenses can solve these problems for most individuals. But they can be troublesome, as they require regular maintenance that can be time-consuming and expensive over time. Laser eye surgeries like PRK and LASIK can provide a good long-term solution to vision problems.
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Before scheduling your PRK surgery at Carlsbad Eye Care, you will meet with Dr. Tracy for your consultation, where he will examine your eyes and discuss your medical history to evaluate your candidacy for surgery. If you wear contact lenses, you may need to refrain from wearing them before your evaluation anywhere from a few days to several months, depending on the type of contact lens you wear. This is because wearing contact lenses can change the shape of the cornea.

If your tests indicate that your eyes are healthy enough for surgery, Dr. Tracy will discuss your candidacy for LASIK or PRK, and go over the risks, benefits, complications, and alternatives involved with either procedure. Make sure to address any medical issues you may have, any current medications you’re taking, any allergies you may have, and any past surgeries you’ve had.

If all of your test results are normal and you decide to schedule your surgery, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you on your surgery date, as well as on the next day for your post-op appointment. You must not wear contact lenses for at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. You will need to pick up any prescription medications before your surgery date. Plan on arriving about 30 minutes before your scheduled surgery time. You will spend about an hour to an hour and a half at the surgery center.
After PRK Surgery

At the end of your procedure, Dr. Tracy will place clear bandage contact lenses on your eyes to help the epithelium heal properly. These bandage contact lenses will be removed after the epithelium has healed, usually 6 days after your procedure. Some amount of discomfort or pain is normal after surgery, and usually lasts 2-3 days. Pain medications will be prescribed, but if you experience only minor discomfort, you may take over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil. During the first week, you will need to use the prescription eye drops to control inflammation and prevent infection.

You will also need to wear protective shields over your eyes when sleeping during the first week. It’s important to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes during this period, so that your eyes can heal properly. You may experience some light sensitivity for the first week, so we recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you are outside.

After the initial recovery period, your vision will continue to improve for the first few weeks, and some vision fluctuations are normal during this period. You must continue to use your eye drops as instructed. You should also use over-the-counter artificial tears (lubricating eye drops) for a few months in order to avoid dry eyes. Keeping your eyes moist can help prevent regression, which is a condition where your corneas partially return to their pre-surgery shape.
Your PRK Results

The results of PRK eye surgery can differ from patient to patient, but most individuals can expect to see results almost immediately after surgery. During the first week after PRK, patients are able to engage in mild physical activities but should refrain from overly-strenuous activities and exercises. Though certain individuals may experience fluctuations in vision in the months following PRK, these effects are only temporary and should resolve themselves. As your eyesight becomes increasingly clear, you will be advised to continue taking prescribed eye drops as instructed by Dr. Tracy. After about six months, vision will be fully stabilized, and patients can experience the joy of great vision!
The following is a guideline for you to follow after your surgery:

For 1 week, wear protective eye shields when sleeping
For 1 week, do not engage in any strenuous activities
For 2 weeks, do not wear any makeup, and do not swim or dive
For 4 weeks, avoid rubbing your eyes
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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