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What to Expect as You Recover from PRK Surgery

PRK surgery involves a slightly longer recovery process than LASIK. At Yonge Eglinton TLC Laser Eye Centre®, we will guide you through each step of your photorefractive keratectomy surgery, including PRK recovery at our Toronto, Ontario, practice. To learn more about the possible side effects of PRK surgery, and what to expect during your recovery process, contact our practice today.

PRK: An Overview

Illustration of PRK surgery on the eyeTo understand the recovery process, you should first understand what is involved in the procedure. LASIK and PRK are similar procedures, however, instead of creating a flap in your cornea as with LASIK, we will gently remove the entire outer layer of corneal tissue during PRK surgery.

Next, we use an excimer laser to reshape your cornea. Through careful techniques, we will correct the way that your cornea bends light.

After we have corrected your light refraction, we will usually place a contact lens on the eye, which will act as a bandage. We may treat both eyes at once or one at a time, depending on your lifestyle and personal preferences. 

PRK Recovery Timeline

Since several layers of corneal tissue are removed during PRK surgery, recovery can take several weeks. Patients should rest assured that the tissue will grow back on its own, and that the surgery typically yields minimal discomfort. Eye drops and antibiotics will be prescribed, to manage inflammation and lower your risk of infection. We may also recommend mild pain medications, if needed.

At Yonge Eglinton TLC Laser Eye Centre®, we know eyes inside and out. We want to make sure that your vision correction surgery is flawless and successful.

Immediately after your surgery, you may notice a temporary, dramatic improvement in your vision. However, your vision will fluctuate over the next few weeks, and may sometimes be blurrier than prior to surgery. About three to five days after your surgery, you will return to the office for a follow-up appointment. We will check your progress and remove the bandage lens on your eye.

Over the next several weeks, your vision will gradually improve. In one to three months, you should notice a significant improvement in your vision. You should notice the final results three to six months after surgery. In most cases, 20/20 vision or better will be achieved.

PRK Side Effects

PRK is a minimally invasive, low-risk procedure with a consistently high success rate. However, you could experience some common side effects following your surgery, including:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dry eye
  • Inflammation
  • Blurred vision
  • Halos
  • Glare

In most cases, these side effects will diminish after a few weeks. Any concerns regarding your side effects should be discussed at your follow-up appointment. However, if you feel that your concern is urgent, you should contact us immediately.  

Achieve Optimal Recovery

It is important to follow the aftercare instructions that will be provided to you after your surgery, to help ensure a speedy and successful recovery. For optimal eye health, we recommend following these general guidelines:

  • Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous physical activities for several days
  • Keep all follow-up appointments
  • Take all prescriptions, as directed
  • Apply all eye drops, as prescribed
  • Do not rub your eye or wear makeup for about one week after surgery
  • Avoid contact sports and dusty environments for about one month

Contact Us Today

At Yonge Eglinton TLC Laser Eye Centre®, we know eyes inside and out. We want to make sure that your vision correction surgery is flawless and successful. To learn more about what to expect during your PRK recovery, contact us today to schedule your consultation.