Why It’s Is Critical to Avoid Sun Exposure After PRK Surgery

PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, surgery is an older form of refractive surgery. It employs a laser to treat vision defects caused by refractive errors in one or both eyes.

During the procedure, Dr. Brian Will at Will Vision and Laser Centers will use a specific instrument to keep your eyes open, thus allowing him to remove the cells on the surface of your eyes.

Next, Dr. Will uses laser technology to remove unnecessary tissue and reshape your corneas. He then places a contact lens in your eyes to serve as a temporary covering while you heal. Your eyes may burn, itch, or be in some discomfort for approximately three or four days after the procedure. In addition, you may experience watery eyes, blurry vision, or a runny nose for a few days. The contact lenses will be removed within four days after surgery, but it may take a few weeks for your vision to clear.

PRK surgery enhances the way the cornea concentrates rays of light on the retina. As a result, it is an effective option for conditions like nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. By effectively improving your vision, the surgery removes the need for contact lenses or glasses.

Risks of PRK Surgery

Complications during PRK surgery are rare, so it is a popular form of laser eye surgery. However, like any eye surgery, there are some risks to be considered. These include corneal haze, corneal infection, corneal scarring, and halos around lights.

Avoid Sun Exposure After PRK Surgery

While PRK is popular and effective, it does have potential side effects. If you are considering undergoing PRK, by understanding what these are, you’ll have realistic expectations about the surgery and its recovery process.

One of the most common complications is light sensitivity. After PRK surgery, you will notice you are susceptible to bright light, particularly direct sunlight. You may be sensitive to indoor and outdoor lighting. Don’t worry, as this is a natural part of the healing process.

After undergoing PRK surgery, your eyes will need time to adjust to your cornea’s new shape. During recovery and visual adjustment, you will notice some changes in your contrast and light sensitivity. In addition, you may see problems with glare, starbursts, halos, and various other light perception matters.

Light sensitivity issues after having PRK may last for a few weeks. However, the sensitivity will decrease daily. After having PRK surgery, avoiding direct sunlight will assist with your healing and reduce any discomfort. If you have to go outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun exposure.

Need to Learn More in Vancouver, Or?

To learn more about proper eye care or correct your vision with safe and effective treatment, contact Dr. Brian Will at Will Vision and Laser Centers located in Vancouver, Washington, and Salem, Oregon.

Schedule an in-office consultation or call (877) 542.3937 today!