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How Long Will It Take For Me To See Clearly After Prk
Variable: Depends on many factors, including if any prescription remains, amount and type of prescription treated, your body healing characteristics, any present dryness. In general, most people are clear enough in a few days to work, etc but healing and improved vision may continue for several weeks and even over a few months. ...Read more
I did the prk surgery 2 weeks ago, I used to see by glasses better than now, how long will it take me to see as I used to see with glasses?
Not to worry!: Prk, unlike lasik has a much more slow return of vision, but ultimately the visual outcome should be the same. Even though the surface layer that is removed in prk (epithelium) has grown back at the 2 week mark, it can take weeks or months to "normalize". At the 3 month mark, if the vision is still not satisfactory, the decision to "fine tune", or enhance the vision will be made. ...Read more
How long until I can see clearly after prk surgery? I am 9 days post op and still very blurry. My prescription before surgery was -5.75 both eyes
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About one week: For the average person having PRK eye surgery, the cornea will take about a week, give or take 1-2 days, to fully heal. It can sometimes take slightly longer for the healed corneal surface to smooth out and for any slight vision imperfections to clear. Always follow up with your eye surgeon and follow all post operative instructions carefully. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on the level of refractive error which was treated. Your uncorrected vision will likely be better than prior to surgery within 2-3 days (after the cornea has healed and the contact lens is removed) unless you had only a mild prescription before. The vision will then continue to clear over the next few weeks as corneal inflammation subsides with steroid use. ...Read more
The percentage: Achieving 20/20 vision after PRK is very high, close to 90% and slightly higher at some high volume practices. The technology used does influence outcomes but so does the amount of prescription you started out with. This is assuming your eyes are otherwise healthy. Good luck. ...Read more
Will prk surgery improve my vision enough for swimming and other sports? I've had glasses a long time, and they greatly improve my vision. However, I want to be able to go swimming and do other activities without worrying about wearing them. Will prk impr
Which procedure has advantages for active lifestyles, prk or lasik? I know there are two main methods for correcting my vision, prk and lasik. I am really concerned about long-term side-effects because I play beach volleyball in the summer. What are the d
Both: Both can be appropriate for active lifestyles. That being said if you think there is a higher likelihood of corneal trauma (like a finger poke to the eye) then prk is slightly safer because no flap is created. When you create a lasik flap the advantage is that the flap many times can be relifted for a retreatment years later. However that also means that the flap can be accidentally lifted in trauma and require urgent surgical revision. Prk hurts a little more for about 3-4 days and there is slightly higher risk of regression (loss of the surgical effect). But no flap is created. So, the choice is one to make with your surgeon depending on what kind of risks (albeit small) that you would like to take. ...Read more
I had PRK 3 wks ago. I was a -8.50 and -7.50. occasionally I see flashes of light and increase of blurry vision? Is this normal?
See EYE doctor:
Unless you are on some medication, see your family physician 7 he may refer to Eye doctor or Neurologist
for visual problems. ...Read more
Surgically induced irregular astigmatism rt eye from prk done 5/29/14. Still can't see out of it. What do I do? L eye blurry at a distance.
Ophthalmology: First? Call your eye surgein. Second: don't you think you should call your eye surgeon instead of asking questions ...Read more
After prk I keep having bad taste coughing white small balls (mucus) what is the cause of this? My blood test were good, should I see an ENT doctor?
Yes: Unless you are still taking Prednisone acetate which can seep into the mouth through the nasal passages and leave abad taste. The suspension is white and can cause white residue in the eye. I have never heard of it getting into the mouth enough to cause white balls. But it could possibly happen.. ...Read more
See ophthalmologist: You lasik/prk surgeon will do all the work for you in your pre-treatment examinations and answer all questions you might have. On the day of surgery, eat lightly and try not to worry. If you are a terribly nervous sort, you might need to have a valium prescribed which your lasik surgeon can prescribe. ...Read more
Flapless. "LASIK ": Prk provides laservision correction without flap creation. The epithelium of the cornea. Is removed and the laser treatment applied to the corneal surface. Visual results are similar to lasik but recovery takes longer and there is more postop discomfort. Prk eliminates the flap complications related to the flap created in lasik but other complication unique to prk suck as corneal haze. ...Read more
What to do if I am having prk done, so while I'm on my recovery stage, should I have my place temperature at a certain degree?
Does not matter: It does not make a difference what the temperature is in your home. Your eye will heal if you follow your surgeons postoperative instructions. ...Read more
Is it normal for traffic lights to be smugged / scattered at distance 1 month after PRK, if this issue didn't exist at week 2? Will it resolve?
Careful, normal only: Means common; not good (2 very different issues). PRK outcomes very variable & often do not stabilize until 6 months out, or longer; the reason this Russian technique has been largely replaced by Lasik approaches. Even first generation Lasik was more reliable than PRK & Lasik has progressed through several generations. Suggest seeking out someone with lots of experience & worthy of your trust. ...Read more
I have starbursts around lights after PRK. At week two there were no problems but a day later I noticed them and no improvement. Can this improve?
PKR: Final results of PRK surgery are comparable to LASIK outcomes, but initial PRK recovery is slower because it takes a few days for new epithelial cells to regenerate and cover the surface of the eye. There also is a slightly increased risk of eye infection and haziness of vision in the first few days after surgery. Vision improvement with PRK is gradual and the final outcome can take several weeks. ...Read more
PRK: If u implied photo refractive keratectomy, then your best bet is to consult an opthalmologist. ...Read more
I am informed that I can't have the lasik procedure but would I be able to have the prk procedure?
Maybe: It really depends on the reason you were told you were not a candidate for lasik. Some of the same reasons would disqualify you for lasik. There are some situations where lasik might not be a good idea but would allow prk to be performed. You need to ask your doctor or seek a second opinion with an experienced refractive surgeon. ...Read more
Stress resistance: The long term results of lasik and prk are approximately the same. But prk gives a more solid front of the eye less resistant to pressure changes and trauma. For most civilian activities it makes no difference. The military requires pilots to have prk when needed to prevent any possiblity of problem and this may hold true in some circumstances for civilian flight. ...Read more
Thin corneas ; LASIK: Thin corneas are not by themselves a reason to not be a candidate for lasik. Many thin cornea patients can have lasik - as long as their corneal topography is normal and their level of myopia and/or astigmatism is relatively low. Your doctor will perform tests to see whether lasik is an appropriate procedure based on many factors. Best of luck! ...Read more
Keratoconus is: A condition fo the cornea where progressive thinning can occur with the risk of perforation. LASIK or PRK is generally contraindicated for this condition due to the instability of the cornea. ...Read more
Lasik and PRK:
Various diagnostic test should be done in order to see if a person is the right candidate for either lasik or prk.
Depending on a person's corneal thickness and corneal shape, these should be taken into consideration when deciding which procedure to do. ...Read more
Yes: It can affect it in a couple of ways. The testing that is performed during the evaluation is used to determine the amount of laser treatment necessary. This can be skewed with dry eye. Also, dry eye is generally worse after the procedure and this can affect healing and your vision outcome. If the dry eye is significant, your eye doctor will want to treat that PRIOR to PRK. Good luck. ...Read more
PRK: Qualifications depend on your prescription (how myopic/hyperopic your eye is & how much astigmatism) & the thickness of your cornea & any medical history. PRK is better for some patients than LASIK. An experienced eyeMD surgeon can help you determine which is best for your. More info: [email protected] Com ...Read more
Plus more data: Most prescriptions can be treated with a laser procedure but that is not the only criterion for candidacy. Specialized diagnostic testing must be done during your exam, including a complete medical eye exam, medical and family history, medications, corneal maps, corneal thickness, and others. ...Read more
Prk recovery: In my experience there is no pain during prk. About 30 minutes after, the anesthetic wears off and the eyes tear and burn. Patients report moderate discomfort that is helped by ice packs (bag of frozen vegetables). About 10% of my patients have severe pain that require narcotic pain meds. Some patients are lucky enough to have no pain or minimal foreign body sensation. Vision slowly recovers. ...Read more
After PRK: Slightly blurred vision with fluctuations, more in the first week. May have mild discomfort and temporary dryness. Those are the normal symptoms post-op. If you have any special condition, you will need to cover that with your surgeon. ...Read more