You’ll want to prepare for PRK the same way as LASIK. The most important step is the consultation with Dr. Mozayeni, where he will discuss all of this with you in-depth. During that consultation, we’ll use our Pentacam to do a corneal mapping, along with several other tests to determine which type of laser vision correction surgery is best for you. If Dr. Mozayeni recommends PRK it will because it is the safest procedure that will give you an optimal result. Here at Providence Eye, our PRK patients have the same great outcomes as our LASIK patients.
Please bring all of your medications and eye drops that you got from your pharmacy.
Upon arrival at our office, you will do the following:
Please decide in advance how you will be paying for your procedure. Your options are:
If you are paying for your PRK using a credit card, we recommend that you call your credit card company in advance to make them aware of the PRK surgery charge. If you have questions about any of these, give our office a call to discuss your payment methods.
Once you have checked in, one of our ophthalmic technicians will take you to an exam room.
One of our ophthalmic technicians will then escort you to our laser suite and turn you over to the care of the surgical technician to prep you for your PRK surgery. We will never leave your side.
After a few seconds of rinsing with saline, Dr. Mozayeni will put bandage contact lenses on your eyes. This is to cover your exposed cornea and keep you comfortable. These are not prescription contacts. If you are scheduled to have PRK eye surgery on the other eye, that will happen next. You can expect the entire process for both eyes to take about 10 minutes, after which Dr. Mozayeni will use an eye microscope and check to make sure everything looks perfect before you head home. One of our team members will escort you out of the laser suite and into a room where your eyes will be covered with clear plastic shields to protect them. You are then ready to go home for a nice, long nap.
The recovery after PRK surgery is slightly longer than that of LASIK surgery, but it will be worth it! If recommended for you, it is a safer, more predictable option. Some things to keep in mind are:
During the 4 to 5 days after PRK surgery, the cover, or skin layer, of the cornea regenerates on its own with the help of a clear non-prescription contact lens (bandage lens), eye drops and Vitamin C. Don’t worry, we will be sure to provide you detailed instructions via video, in writing and verbally. Plus, at Providence Eye, we are always here to answer your questions. Additionally, we have a doctor on call 24/7 for emergencies.
The Providence Eye team will carefully go through your recovery process with you during your complimentary consultation, as well as during your post-op appointments.