|PRK | Photorefractive Keratectomy|
PRK - Aftercare
Because the body does not have its own eye dressing in the form of a protective film, heightened post-operative pain may emerge, which may lead to scarring. Despite the administration of analgesic drops, blurring and foreign body sensations may occur in the hours and days after the operation. However, these feelings subside after the healing process has run its course. The eyes should not be opened in the 3-5 hours after the operation so that the healing process is not hindered. The eye is usually fully functional again about 2-3 days after a PRK operation - this is when the epithelium has fully regrown.
In the first 3-4 days after the operation, strong winds and intensive sunlight should be avoided; otherwise, protective goggles must be worn. Sports or visits to a swimming pool are possible again after a few weeks.6
In order to avoid eye infections for reasons of precaution, antibiotic eyedrops must be administered into the eyes in the time immediately after the operation. Some patients experience a sensation of dryness up to a few months after the operation; this should be sufficiently addressed by using eyedrops.7
In order to ensure optimal results, a regular check-up schedule with an eye specialist should be adhered to.
However, aftercare activities depend heavily on your individual situation; please speak with a doctor in more detail.
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