After the PRK Procedure – Things To Do
1. Rest Down Arrow
Resting or sleeping is the best remedy for any post-operative discomfort. Use the additional relaxation medication that is provided, if necessary, and get some rest.
2. Wear your goggles (at bedtime) Down Arrow
Wear your goggles (at bedtime)
Make sure to wear the eye shields provided to you while sleeping for the first week after surgery. These will prevent inadvertently touching or rubbing of your eyes while you are asleep.
3. Leave the bandage contact lens alone Down Arrow
Leave the bandage contact lens alone
This lens should remain on your eye(s) until it is removed at your post-operative appointment. If it should dislodge, do not replace it. Please call the office immediately.
4. Take the appropriate medications as instructed by your physician. Down Arrow
Take the appropriate medications as instructed by your physician.
Medications may include:
- Vitamin C: Take 500mg two times per day or take one 1,000mg tablet once per day, starting the day of the surgery and continuing for three months.
- Neurontin 300mg Capsule: Take three times per day for five days. Its properties will help your comfort during healing.
- Artificial Tears (Preservative-Free Only): Some patients experience scratchiness or irritation with mild light sensitivity to the lids in the operated eye for the first several days. This is generally worse in the morning and improves as the day goes on. For sensitivity, we recommend Ibuprofen (Advil), in addition to frequent dosing of preservative-free lubricant teardrops (artificial tears). Artificial tears can be used as often as the patient feels necessary to relieve the dry or scratchy sensation you may be experiencing post-surgery. You may use nonprescription preservative-free lubrication drops in the operated eye immediately after surgery, and as often as needed. You will be using these preservative-free drops for several weeks. They are available over the counter and can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Most find these to be helpful between medication eye drops, particularly in the morning. A preserved tear (sold in a bottle vs. individual dispensers) may be used after six weeks.
- Gatifloxacin 0.5%: One drop four times a day for seven days in both eyes following the procedure. Do not begin using these eye drops prior to surgery; however, you will need to bring this with you the day of your procedure.
- Prednisolone Acetate 1%: One drop four times per day for seven days in both eyes, then you will begin a drop-down schedule that will be explained in more detail on surgery day. Do not begin using these eye drops prior to surgery; however, you will need to bring this with you the day of your procedure.
- Diclofenac (delays healing process): Use one drop every few hours as needed for extreme discomfort only during the first three days post-surgery. Do not begin using these eye drops prior to surgery; however, you will need to bring this with you the day of your procedure.
- Tylenol 3: Take one to two Tylenol 3 (Tylenol with Codeine) every four hours as needed for discomfort and to help with sleeping. This will be given to you on the day of your surgery.
- Valium: Take one tablet for discomfort and to help with sleep. This will be given to you on the day of your surgery.
After the PRK Procedure – Things NOT To Do
1. Do not touch your eyes for two weeks after your procedure. Down Arrow
Do not touch your eyes for two weeks after your procedure.
Patients can experience eyelid swelling, tenderness, and slight redness of the eye for several days. No rubbing of the eyes should be done for four weeks following the surgery.
2. Do not wear make-up around the eyes for one week after surgery. Down Arrow
Do not wear make-up around the eyes for one week after surgery.
3. Do not swim or hot tub for at least two weeks after your procedure. Down Arrow
Do not swim or hot tub for at least two weeks after your procedure.
However, other physical activities (biking, working out, etc.) may be resumed on the second day after your procedure. Do not expose yourself to high-risk activities that can result in a direct blow to the eyes (e.g. an elbow in basketball) for at least the first month. If you participate in high-risk activities always wear protective eyewear.
4. Do not remove your bandage contact lens. Down Arrow
Do not remove your bandage contact lens.
If it should dislodge, do not replace it – please call the office.