What to Expect Before, During, and After PRK Eye Surgery

At Broberg Eye Care, we provide advanced PRK eye surgery for our patients, which involves the removal of the epithelium and reshaping of the cornea. Each of our laser correction surgeries is performed on-site at our Austin, TX, office using state-of-the-art technology. Our surgeons have the skills and experience needed to handle such a delicate procedure like PRK surgery. With a focus on patient education, we strive to inform our patients on exactly what to expect during all stages of the procedure.

Preparing for Your Procedure

About 30 minutes before your surgery, we will administer anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes. We will also calibrate the laser to your prescribed correction. When the laser is ready, we will bring you into the procedure room, where you will sit in a reclining chair. We will place an instrument that will prevent your eyes from blinking. We make every effort to ensure your comfort before, during, and after the procedure.

 With a focus on patient education, we strive to inform our patients on exactly what to expect during all stages of the procedure.

The Laser Procedure

Once everything is in place, your surgeon will begin the procedure. For the majority of this time, you will focus your eyes on a red light. Although it may become blurry at times, this is normal and nothing to worry about.

Illustration of steps during PRK surgery

Once the laser is activated, your surgeon will remove the epithelium (the outermost layer of the cornea). Because this tissue is regenerative, healing will begin promptly and the protective cells should reform within just five days.

After removing the epithelium, your surgeon will use the laser to reshape the cornea. The precise removal of very small amounts of tissue will make the cornea steeper or less conical, depending on your needs. Most patients receive treatment for both eyes at the same time, and the entire procedure can typically be completed in under 15 minutes.

Recovering after PRK

We may place more eye drops in your eyes once you are in recovery. We will also place soft contact lens bandages over each eye. These will minimize discomfort and remain in place for two to four days.

You will need someone to drive you home after your surgery, and you may need to avoid driving for one to three weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with more detailed post-operative instructions following your surgery.

We will schedule several follow-up appointments so that we can monitor your recovery and healing progress. At these appointments, your doctors can tell you when you can remove the soft contact lenses and resume normal activities such as driving, working, and physical exercise.

Find Out if PRK Eye Surgery is Right for You

PRK surgery has a longer recovery, but it is a great alternative for patients who do not qualify for LASIK. You can learn more about your candidacy, PRK cost, and all the laser correction procedures we offer by contacting our office online or calling (512) 447-6096. During your consultation, we can evaluate your vision and eye health and determine which procedure is right for you.

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