Recovering from PRK Surgery | Seattle Laser Eye Center

In our last article, we discussed how to prepare for PRK surgery at Clearview Eye & Laser. After your Seattle PRK surgery has been completed, our eye care team want to help you understand the recovery process so you can fully heal without any issues.

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The minute you leave our clinic, you’re now in full control of the recovery of your eyes. It could take anywhere from 1-3 to notice complete improvement in your vision. This depends on your health, age and amount of care that you give yourself during the healing process.

Recovering from PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is notably longer than LASIK surgery, although the final results are comparable. There are a variety of distinct benefits to PRK that we’ve covered in a past article.

Be sure to carefully follow the post-op procedures that your Clearview Eye & Laser eye surgeon has given you. This includes regularly applying prescribed eye drops, cleaning your eyes, etc. Any deviation could potentially cause an increase in overall healing time.

First Few Days after PRK Surgery

After coming home from surgery, your day should mostly be dedicated to resting. It’s best to sleep and keep the eyes relaxed as much as possible during the first few days to promote healing. Mild physical discomfort, including itching of the eyes can occur up to a few days after the surgery. It’s also normal to notice slightly blurry vision.

Weeks after Seattle PRK Surgery

A couple days after PRK surgery, you will need to return to Clearview Eye & Laser for a post-operative check. Your Seattle eye surgeon will also remove the contact lenses after the protective outer corneal layer (epithelium) has healed. You may experience sensitivity to light, difficulty seeing at night, and a halo effect around bright lights. Some common post-op symptoms could include:

  • Night glare or “starbursts” as they are more commonly known can occur for a few weeks after surgery. It is not unheard of to see them 6 months to a year after the procedure. As times goes by, they should diminish.
  • Post-surgical eye irritation, such as watery eyes, light sensitivity, eye redness and even itching are common after PRK.

Be sure to wear sunglasses whenever outdoors for UV protection. We recommend our patients wait one full week before participating in activities, such as swimming, exercising or gardening.

If you experience abnormal eye discharge or any symptoms that feel out of the norm, contact your Seattle eye clinic at once. Your vision may be compromised during the first weeks of the recovery process, so be sure to make home, work and driving preparations prior. You may need outside help to help live your daily life while you heal.

Lastly, it’s important to remember that everyone heals at his or her own pace—so have patience! Your progress will be carefully monitored at post-operative exams and management will be decided accordingly by your Seattle PRK surgeon. If you have any additional questions regarding PRK surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.


For more information on our Seattle laser vision correction procedures, view our previous blog posts.

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