PRK is an eye surgery performed to help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. When performed correctly, it may even result in you not needing your glasses or contacts. In many cases, the procedure is recommended in place of LASIK. There are a few things you have to do to prepare for the procedure, though. For starters, you will meet with your eye doctor to discuss the procedure and what to expect during and after. These meetings with your doctor are ideal times to ask questions so you fully understand what to expect and how to prepare. The better prepared you are, the easier it will be for you to recover and have a successful procedure. Check out the suggestions below on how to best prepare for your PRK procedure.
Before your big surgery, you will meet with your doctor to go over what you can do to best prepare for the procedure. For starters, you will want to pick up prescription meds you may need during your recovery. Also, if you wear contact lenses, you may be told that you should stop wearing them for a few days before the procedure.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you will not be able to drive right away after your PRK procedure. Because of this, you should communicate with friends and family to determine who will drive you to and from the procedure.
There are many things to remember on the morning of your surgery. For starters, begin the day with breakfast as usual, though it is wise to limit caffeine to one cup of tea or coffee. While you may shower, your doctor may advise against wearing makeup, eye cream, face lotions, perfume, aftershave, cologne, and hair spray. Unless your doctor says otherwise, you can take medications you normally would on any given day.
When it comes to clothing, make sure to dress in something comfortable, like sweatpants and a loose-fitting T-shirt or sweatshirt. Don’t wear jewelry and leave other valuables at home. If your hair is long, think about tossing it into a ponytail or bun so it’s secured away from your face. Lastly, jot down any last-minute questions you wish to ask your doctor before the procedure.
Upon arriving at the office for your appointment, you will likely have to check-in and fill out any remaining paperwork. Be sure to bring your ID and insurance card just in case. From there, your doctor will meet with you and get the ball rolling with your procedure.
Are you in the middle of scheduling a PRK procedure? If so, do you have questions or concerns about the process? If you’re in need of more information about the procedure and how you can best prepare, Laser Vision Delaware would like to hear from you. Contact our office in Wilmington, Delaware, today at (302) 656-2020 to schedule a consultation.