PRK Step by Step Process
Free PRK Evaluation
During your initial visit, we will give you a tour of our office, show you our laser suite and explain our technology. We pride ourselves on our technology and we conduct several tests using a variety of machines to determine which type of laser vision correction is the correct option for you. You will then meet with one of our surgeons who will review your test results and discuss your options and address any questions and concerns. The last portion of the visit will be with one of our counselors to discuss pricing, financing options and scheduling. You will know all you need to know by the end of your first appointment.
We ask that you stay out of your contact lenses for three days prior to your first appointment. Please wear your most up to date prescription glasses to the appointment. This visit normally takes less than an hour to complete, however, there is no rush and all your questions & concerns will be discussed.
Once you’ve made the decision to have your procedure, we’ll have you return to our center one additional time prior to your PRK surgery. During this visit, we will double check your evaluation measurements and your surgeon will perform a dilated eye exam. You will meet with your counselor once more to complete the consent paperwork, review instructions and provide payment.
This visit typically takes an hour to complete and can take place as late as the day before your desired surgery date. Your eyes will be dilated during this appointment and this appointment needs to take place at least 24 hours prior to your PRK procedure. You may feel more comfortable having a driver to this appointment, however, one is not required.
On the day of your procedure, your driver will bring you to our center. We ask that you have a nice meal prior to your procedure and you wear comfortable clothing. You will meet with your surgeon again for the final, day-of measurements and to finalize and confirm your surgical treatment plan. Your counselor will provide you with an anti-anxiety medication to help you relax and review the post-op instructions.
Plan to be in our center for about 90 minutes. The actual PRK Procedure takes less than 10 minutes. Once the PRK has been completed, the surgeon will give your eyes one final exam and then your driver will take you straight home to recover. We highly recommend you return home to sleep – the first several hours following PRK are uncomfortable.
The day after PRK, your vision should be slightly improved. The first few days can be uncomfortable. Patients have reported feeling a foreign body sensation, scratchiness, and heat. You will have a bandage contact lens on your eye(s) to protect the procedure site, your doctor will remove this lens in a few days. Typical results may fluctuate within the first few weeks after the procedure before your results settle in. While every patient recovers differently, it typically takes 1 to 3 weeks before you are able to drive and resume daily work activities.
If you have any questions about PRK at Grandview LASIK Center, please feel free to contact us for more information.