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Dr. Federico Mattioli Dr. Mattioli
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
21 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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How long will it take for me to see clearly after prk?

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.

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Dr. Daniel Coden Dr. Coden
Ophthalmology
33 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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?

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.

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Dr. Douglas Liva Dr. Liva
Ophthalmology
36 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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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

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

Soon: Visual recovery can sometimes takes weeks in certain individuals. The epithelium needs to remold and become smooth before good vision is obtained and sometimes it just takes longer to occur.

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Dr. Matthew Goren Dr. Goren
Ophthalmology
28 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Eric Saunders Dr. Saunders
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How long roughly does it take for PRK to heal on an average person?

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.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How long does it take for vision to clear after prk surgery?

How long does it take for vision to clear after prk surgery?

1-2 weeks: Prk surgery is accompanied by swelling of the front of the eye (cornea) which usually lasts one week and the vision comes in rapidly in the next week (in an uncomplicated case). If yours is taking longer, then check in with the surgeon who did the prk for treatment.

Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How long after prk (photorefractive keratectomy) eye surgery will I able to see?

How long after prk (photorefractive keratectomy) eye surgery will I able to see?

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.

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Dr. Clement Cheng Dr. Cheng
Ophthalmology
17 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How long after prk (photorefractive keratectomy) eye surgery are you able to see well?

How long after prk (photorefractive keratectomy) eye surgery are you able to see well?

2-4 weeks: Usually there is an improvement in the first week, then some blurriness with further healing and then more improvement to the best vision in the next few weeks.

Dr. Neal Sher Dr. Sher
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
46 years in practice
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What percentage of people eventually see 20/20 uncorrected after having prk?

Very high percentage: The results depend on the starting point. Lower corrections get somewhat better results faster than higher corrections. In general, 90-98% of eyes will see 20/25 or 20/20 or better without correction after PRK surgery.

Dr. Hussain Elhalis Dr. Elhalis
Ophthalmology
7 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Please answer! What percent of people eventually see 20/20 uncorrected after having prk?

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.

Dr. Alan Jackson Dr. Jackson
Addiction Medicine
26 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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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

PRK: After prk recovery there is no reason to limit your activity including swimming and those other sports. It is always a good idea to protect your eyes during activities where there is a projectile object, like racquet ball, tennis, soft ball etc.

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Dr. John Cason Dr. Cason
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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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

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.

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Dr. Manhar Kayastha Dr. Kayastha
Family Medicine
45 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Douglas Liva Dr. Liva
Ophthalmology
36 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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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?

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..

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How would prepare for prk?

How would prepare for prk?

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.

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Dr. Douglas Liva Dr. Liva
Ophthalmology
36 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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What happens during prk procedure?

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.

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Dr. Neal Sher Dr. Sher
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
46 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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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?

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 & usually 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.

Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla Dr. Guerra Bonilla
Family Medicine
8 years in practice
University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine
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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.