What Not to Do After PRK Surgery
PRK, also known as photorefractive keratectomy, involves a type of refractive surgery to correct myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia. It was big before LASIK was a thing. Nowadays, PRK is still performed on patients in certain situations and differs from LASIK in several ways.
The recovery, for starters, tends to last longer than the LASIK healing period. Following PRK surgery, it may take a few weeks or months before your eyesight stabilizes. Fortunately, most people resume driving within two weeks after the procedure. Also, patients tend to suffer more discomfort than with LASIK. And there are specific things you shouldn’t do right after the operation to ensure your eyes heal properly.
What Is PRK Surgery?
During this surgery, your ophthalmologist will use a laser to correct vision problems caused by refractive inaccuracies. Refractive issues prevent your eyes from bending light properly. Once fixed, you no longer have to wear glasses or contacts.
Avoid Bright Lights
It is critical to avoid bright lights after PRK surgery, including sunlight from outside or bright indoor light. Your eyes will be hypersensitive for a while, and bright lights may cause discomfort. To protect your eyes, wear a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses to block all bright light for a time.
Be Mindful of Your Environment
Your eyes are prone to discomfort after PRK surgery. Specific environments increase the likelihood of this happening. Just like bright sunlight, try to avoid dry, smoky, and dusty environments. These areas may trigger unpleasant dry eye irritation.
Avoid Makeup and Creams
Creams and makeup may irritate your eyes after surgery. Many creams and lotions contain chemicals harmful to your sensitive eyes. They should be avoided for at least a week after the procedure.
Keep Your Eyes Dry
Now is not the time for taking a dip or exerting yourself. Sweat or water can irritate your eyes and cause discomfort.
Be Careful About Your Medications
Some medications may cause side effects that harm or irritate your eyes. Therefore, you should consult with your eye doctor before taking any type of medication, including aspirin.
Don’t Skip Post-Surgery Appointments
Follow-up appointments are vital to your eye health, especially following a PRK procedure. Post-surgery office visits allow your doctor to monitor your eyes to make sure they are healing correctly. They’re also an excellent time to discuss any concerns you have or ask questions about your recovery. Unlike LASIK, PRK surgery is typically followed by planned follow-up visits.
To learn more about proper eye care after PRK surgery or how to correct your vision with safe and effective treatment, contact Dr. Brian Will at Will Vision and Laser Centers located in Vancouver, Washington, and Salem, Oregon.