What to Expect on PRK Surgery Day
Having any type of eye procedure can be scary – we understand. Our entire team will be with you every step of the way, helping you relax and making you comfortable throughout the process. The PRK procedure typically lasts less than 5 minutes and patients are typically in and out of the laser suite in less than 15 minutes.
Here is what to expect:
- Anesthetic eye drops are administered to numb the area
- A microscopic layer of outer corneal tissue is gently removed to reveal the inner corneal tissue
- Computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light are applied to the inner layers of the cornea to reshape it to mimic your contact lens or glasses prescription
- A contact lens is placed on the cornea to protect the eye as it heals and the outer layer of corneal tissue regenerates on its own within approximately 1 week
You may experience some discomfort for the first week and it may take 5 to 8 days to achieve improved vision to enjoy activities in the Elkhart area and beyond. Our PRK patients typically say that the temporary discomfort was well worth their new, improved vison.