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Poor Vision After PRK. Wil This Improve?

Hello Doctor,I had PRK June 1st though I am able to drive without corrective lenses,I am unhappy with my quality of vision.Previously,I had myopia -5.50 and astigmatsim -3.50 in both eyes.Since PRK,I have blurry vision throughout the day and worst of all, colours appear much duller and things seem bleached and my computer screen is very dull and i dont see the high definition quality on my tv and lap top anymore.I also have ghosting at day and night , halos and star bursts.Will this improve?

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Poor Vision After PRK


You had a large treatment with significant astigmatism in both eyes so your vision should continue to improve for several more months. Having said that, after three months your vision would generally be moving in the right direction. If you have seen no improvement at all, it is possible you will need an enhancement at some point. It would be best to have your surgeon take a look to make sure that you do not have any problems unrelated to your surgery that might be affecting your vision.

San Diego Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

PRK recovery


It is not unusual to have blurred vision, glare and halos immediately after PRK. There is a normal amount of inflammation in the cornea after PRK which can cause this. This inflammation will likely reduce in time with the proper use of medications. Make sure you follow up as directed by your surgeon and take the medications as prescribed. It can take several weeks for the corneas to fully heal and vision to sharpen.

New York Ophthalmologist

PRK recovery


unfortunately, the recovery after PRK is very slow, and can take weeks to months

that's why I stopped doing PRK in 1999--in my opinion, that's an archaic procedure

in LASEK or epiLASEK, which are the Advanced Surface Ablations (ASAs) which have replaced PRK, the recovery is much quicker than in PRK

you should have had your Bandage Contact Lens in place for nearly a WEEK, not just a few days. when we started leaving the BCL in longer, our recovery time decreased a lot

here's a list of things that your surgeon should tell you to do to speed up your recovery:

  1. don't do any optional recreational activities (eg TV) until you see clearly
  2. use a high-quality, preservative-free artificial tear every hour while awake
  3. use an ointment at night
  4. drink enough water so when you pee it's clear (best evaluation of hydration)
  5. 500mg Vit C 2x/day
  6. sunglasses when outdoors always
  7. punctal plugs
  8. branded PredForte 4x/day for this entire month (dec to 3x/day in July)
  9. need to check IOP to make sure #8 isn't raising your eye pressure

Anyway, if you do ALL of the above you will see well by July 4th, and then you can tell your friends that they should get LASEK so their recovery is much quicker than PRK!:)

New York Ophthalmologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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