PRK and Recovery
PRK and RecoveryAuthor: Dr. William Tullo
January 11, 2018 • 6041 views
Individuals who are not good candidates for LASIK surgery may be candidates for another type of laser eye surgery called photo refractive keratectomy (PRK). What follows are comments from doctors who explain what recovery is like for PRK patients and how it may differ from recovery from other types of corrective eye surgery.
PRK Eye Surgery Recovery
According to Dr. Ann Groomer Moore of Vision Park Optometry in Raleigh, North Carolina, PRK eye surgery may not be as comfortable initially as LASIK surgery. However, she notes that, for people who have thinner corneas or other issues that exclude them as a candidate for LASIK surgery, PRK eye surgery is the way to go.
Dr. John Bonsett-Veal of Bonsett-Veal Vision Source in Madison, Wisconsin, says, “PRK has a longer recovery time because it is as if you’re getting a large corneal abrasion. There is a bandage soft contact lens to help protect the eye while the epithelium regrows. During that time frame, usually three to four days, there can be some discomfort. You need to use a lot of eye drops.”
“The important thing is that the end result is the same,” says Dr. Marjorie Knotts of Knotts Optometry in Indianapolis, Indiana. She adds, “Recovery may take a little longer, but, for certain candidates, PRK is the absolute obvious choice.”
To learn more about PRK laser eye surgery recovery and find out if you are a candidate for PRK eye surgery, contact TLC Laser Eye Centers to schedule a free consultation.
*The statements expressed in the video are the views and opinions of each individual doctor, not official statements by TLC Laser Eye Center. You should discuss the risks and complications of any eye surgery procedure with your eye care provider.