Preparing for PRK Eye Surgery | Seattle Laser Eye Specialists

After weeks, perhaps even months, the day is finally here. It’s completely normal to feel anxious or nervous before your scheduled PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) surgery. However, there are a few things that you’ll need to take care of prior to the surgery date.

Your Seattle eye surgeons at Clearview Eye & Laser will provide clear instructions on how to prepare for PRK surgery. However, it’s always helpful to refer to guidelines to ensure the best possible chance of PRK surgery success.

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Like any surgical procedure, proper preparation is critical. There are certain things that you can do that will help the procedure go more smoothly, as well as help shorten your healing time.

What to Wear and What Not to Wear Before PRK

All eye makeup should be completely removed prior to the surgery. This ensures that tiny particles of the makeup will not interfere and get embedded in the cornea during the procedure. Perfume and cologne should not be worn on the day of the surgery either.

Please also refrain from using any hair care products that contain alcohol. Hairspray, hair gel, mousse and after-shave should not be worn on the day of the surgery. The procedure could take upwards of 4 hours, so it is important that you wear comfortable clothing. Leave any jewelry, rings or watches at home.

It is recommended that you discard and do not wear any contact lenses two weeks prior to your surgery date.

Other Necessary Preparations Before PRK Surgery

It is suggested that you not consume any alcohol prior to the surgery as it can dehydrate your body and lead to longer healing times. Report any medications that you’re taking to your eye surgeon prior to your surgery date and follow their instructions carefully.

You may be given a prescription for eye drops by your eye surgeon. We recommend getting the prescription filled as soon as you leave the consultation and follow the directions of the prescription.

The night before your surgery, be sure to have all your paperwork in order and bring it with you to our Clearview Eye & Laser eye care center. Be sure to arrange transportation to and from the office on the day of PRK surgery.

If you have any questions or concerns about pre-operative PRK surgery procedures, contact our Burien or new West Seattle eye care clinic location. You can reach us through online contact form or by phone.


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