Do I need to be seen once a month? Once a week? When recovery is complete, do I just have regular exams once a year?
How Often Do I Need Follow-up Appointments After my PRK Surgery?
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How Often Do I Need Follow-up Appointments After my PRK
PRK Post Op Care
In my practice, we see our PRK patients the next day and than 3 days after that. If the surface is healed, the bandage contact lens is removed and the next appointment is in 1 week. If the surface is not healed, the patient will be seen daily until healing is complete.
After this the patient would be seen in 3-4 months and then in 6 months. Obviously patients will be seen more frequently if they are experiencing any problems.
After the year check, our patients are than seen on a bi-annual basis.
Follow up after PRK
Every surgeon will have their own protocol for follow up. In a usual patient, we suggest one day, four or five days, a week, two weeks, a month, then monthly until off of all medications which is usually at three to four months. The final visits for our patients are every three months then until one year.
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Follow up schedule after PRK surgery
In my practice, the typical follow-up schedule for PRK is as follows: Day 1 (infection and contact lens check), Day 4 or 5 (bandage contact lens is removed), week 2 (vision and eye pressure check), Week 6 (vision and dryness check), Month 3 (vision check), Month 6 (vision check and decision if enhancement needs to be done), 1 year (general check up). And then regular eye exams including dilation each year thereafter.
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