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Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon

PRK REFRACTIVE SURGERY: PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS

Description of Procedure
The surface of the cornea is scraped using a tiny instrument then the laser is used on the surface of the cornea. A contact lens is placed on the eye to promote healing and help with the discomfort. Can take up to 2 weeks to heal.

Patient Process and Procedure

Prior to your PRK Surgery Day
Make transportation arrangements. You should NOT drive yourself home after surgery because you may be mildly sedated and your eye may be patched.

You will need someone to bring you to your post-operative visit. At your post-operative exam, your doctor will let you know when you are able to drive.

Please remove all facial makeup (lipstick, facial creams, eye makeup etc.) a minimum of 1 day prior to surgery. For your own safety, surgery may be canceled if makeup is present.
Prior to surgery you should not wear contact lenses in the eye(s) scheduled for surgery because the corneal shape can be altered. Soft lenses should be removed for at least three (3) weeks prior to surgery and rigid lenses for three weeks per your doctor's recommendation. A thorough cleaning of all eyelids should be done the night before and the morning of surgery.
The Day of PRK Surgery
Please have a light breakfast and/or lunch prior to your surgery. If you do not usually eat breakfast or lunch, then do not force yourself to eat.
Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne on your surgery date. Please do not use any hair products that contain alcohol such as hair spray or mousse.
Please be aware that after your surgery your eyes will be irritated and light sensitive. This usually dissipates within 24 hours after surgery.
Wear comfortable clothing and a short-sleeved shirt or blouse that opens down the front. Do not wear nylons, stockings or support garments. Men, do NOT wear t-shirts.
After PRK Surgery
You must keep the protective glasses or shield provided on your eye(s) for the first 24 hours. After the first day, you must use the shield while you sleep for the first week.
Post-Operative Medication: You will be given a post-op kit containing prescription drops, an eye shield and tape to be used for protection while sleeping, and written instructions. Before using your eye drops, your hands must be clean. Please use the drops as instructed-if you run out of drops, let us know. At your post-operative appointments your doctor will give instructions to use additional drops if necessary, and when to discontinue use. You may use preservative-free lubricating drops if your eyes feel dry-a sample is included in your post-operative kit.
Post-Operative Symptoms: The amount of discomfort you will experience cannot be predicted-some patients feel an itchy or foreign body sensation, others are light sensitive or see halos around lights, and others may be symptom-free. Your vision may fluctuate during the day. If you have severe pain, sudden change in vision, or need explanations, call our office any time day or night at (541) 687-2110 / 800-452-2040.

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Commonly Asked Questions:
How soon after surgery will I see well?

Each patient is different. Most patients experience an improvement immediately. Vision gets better over the following weeks.

Will refractive surgery hurt?
During the procedure, a strong topical anesthetic is used to numb the eye. Generally, only pressure is felt during the procedure.

Will I still need my glasses or contacts?
The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses, but PRK patients still may benefit from reading glasses or distance glasses when they desire perfect near or distance vision.

Will my insurance cover PRK Refractive?
Most health care coverage considers PRK Refractive surgery an elective surgical procedure and does not cover it..