PRK Pre-op Instructions: What to Expect before Surgery

by: Advanced Laser | March 20, 2015

Close up of a patient’s eye after undergoing PRK surgeryAlthough LASIK may get the majority of the attention from the press and public, PRK has been every bit as effective in helping patients who are nearsighted or farsighted, with or without astigmatism, to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Indeed, while PRK is often recommended as an alternative to LASIK to those who are poor candidates for the latter, many patients choose to undergo PRK due to the fact that it does not require the creation of a flap in the outermost layer of the cornea. Both LASIK and PRK produce excellent results, especially when performed using the latest technology by experienced eye surgeons such as Dr. John Belardo of Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma.

During consultations with prospective PRK patients, Dr. Belardo explains all stages of the procedure, including what to expect before, during, and after PRK surgery. This way, patients can make informed, confident decisions about whether to proceed with PRK. At our eye care center in Oklahoma City, PRK pre-op instructions are explained in detail so that patients understand the importance of their role in preparing for surgery and in the overall success of the results they achieve.

Before Your PRK Surgery

You will want to pick up any medications that are prescribed to you at least two days prior to your scheduled PRK surgery. Dr. Belardo will instruct you on how the medication should be used, including which medications, if any, should be started prior to your surgery. If you wear contact lenses, Dr. Belardo will also instruct you as to when you should discontinue use of your contacts.

You will have to arrange to have someone drive you to and from our facilities on the day of your surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself. On the morning of your surgery, you can eat your breakfast as you normally would, but you should limit your caffeine intake. A cup of coffee or tea would be fine, but more than that is not recommended. You can take a shower, but please do not use any perfume, cologne, aftershave, spray deodorant, makeup, eye cream, facial lotion, hair spray, or hair gel afterwards. You may apply stick deodorant. Unless advised otherwise by Dr. Belardo, you may take any medications you would normally take.

Wear warm, comfortable clothing on the day of your surgery, preferably something that you can wear to bed once you return home after surgery. Please do not wear jewelry or bring any valuables with you to your appointment. If you have long hair, please do not wear it in a bun or otherwise collected at the back of your head. Come prepared with any last-minute questions you might have, as this will represent your final opportunity before your procedure to ask them.

Learn More about PRK Pre-op Instructions

To learn more about PRK pre-op instructions, or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Belardo to learn more about PRK laser eye surgery, please contact Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma today.