PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) was at one time the most common laser eye surgery. It uses the same excimer laser, the VISX Star S4 IR, as the LASIK procedure to reshape the outer layer of the cornea to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These days LASIK is more common, but PRK is still an excellent alternative for some patients who cannot undergo LASIK Surgery.
After PRK it may take 3-5 days for your vision to recover. Dr. Snyder will place a soft bandage contact lens in your eye(s) to minimize discomfort. He may also prescribe pain medication for recovery; however, most patients don’t require it since only minor discomfort is experienced. You will also schedule several check-up appointments to monitor the healing process, followed by periodic visits over the next several months. During the recovery process, the you should rest, and refrain from any strenuous activities for at least a week. Most patients can return to work within a few days, though it is best to take a few days off to ensure a smooth recovery.