PRK Eye Surgery
in Huntington Beach
19671 Beach Blvd. Suite 400 Huntington Beach, California 92648
Also serving, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, & Orange County
Clarity Eye Group’s highly talented eye surgeons offer several other forms of laser eye surgery in Orange County, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. They have multiple years’ experience performing LTK surgery in Orange County, as well as PRK procedure. Please peruse the paragraphs below to learn more about laser eye surgery and the results Orange County patients can achieve through it.
PRK in Orange County
Photo refractive keratectomy (PRK) is a refractive surgical procedure in which a cool beam of ultraviolet light emitted from a computer-guided laser is used to vaporize microscopic layers of the cornea, leaving the clear outer covering of the eye’s lens smooth and allowing for clearer vision. The laser does not come into contact with the eye, and the use of a cool beam of light precise enough to cut notches into a strand of hair means only tiny areas of tissue are affected.
Are you a good PRK candidate?
At Clarity Eye Group in Southern California we are dedicated to making it our priority that you are matched with the right type of laser eye surgery. With various eye procedures to choose from at our eye clinic we are here to help inform you of who is a good candidate for PRK. At Clarity Eye Group we look for good PRK candidates who have the following traits:
- Individuals with corneas that are too thin for LASIK
- Individuals who have nearsightedness (also known as myopia) tend to be well fitted for PRK
- Patients who are in generally good health
PRK is a relatively new procedure, first offered in the United States in 1996, but it is increasing in popularity among people looking for an alternative to LASIK surgery. While it usually takes longer to fully recover from PRK surgery, the procedure is still popular because patients who are not candidates for LASIK due to certain corneal conditions or corneal scarring may be good candidates for PRK surgery. Both procedures result in essentially the same degree of vision correction.
Recovering from PRK
Though the recovery from PRK is slower than that of LASIK, when you look back on it, it will not seem that long. Many patients are able to resume work and most of their regular activities within several days.
PRK is performed on an outpatient basis. After your procedure, we will monitor you for a short period of time to ensure your vitals are stable. Then, we will release you into the care of a companion, who should drive you home. Once home, plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Your eyes need time to recuperate, so clear your schedule and arrange for someone else to handle childcare, pet care and other household responsibilities.
You will wear special bandage contact lenses to protect your eyes as the epithelial cells grow back. Follow all of our instructions for wearing the lenses and do not remove them until our doctors advise it is safe to do so. We will also ask you to wear an eye shield during sleep to avoid accidentally scratching your eyes.
Precautions to Take After PRK Surgery
For the first day or two, refrain from overusing your eyes with excessive screen time or reading. You can watch television and read in moderation, but do not overdo it. Podcasts and audiobooks are good entertainment alternatives that do not require looking at a screen.
You can shower the day after surgery, as long as you avoid getting water in your eyes. You can resume driving when you feel comfortable enough in the clarity of your vision to get behind the wheel.
Some patients are slightly uncomfortable after PRK because their healing eyes are highly sensitive to light. We usually recommend wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat outside if the light is very bright. Pain and significant discomfort after PRK are very rare.
Dry, itchy eyes may occur; our team will prescribe eye drops to lubricate and soothe your eyes after PRK. We will also prescribe antibiotic eye drops to reduce the risk of infection. Please use the drops as directed.
One of the benefits of PRK is that, unlike LASIK, there is no risk of dislodging a healing corneal flap (because the surgeon does not create a flap in the first place). Still, you should be cautious not to rub or press on your eyes. If there is a piece of dust or an eyelash in your eye, it is safer to try to flush it out with artificial tears than to rub your eyes vigorously.
Refrain from applying face creams, serums or cosmetic products to the eyes or to the area right around the eyes during your initial healing. These products could contain ingredients that are harmful to your eyes.
Be diligent about attending your follow-up visits. During these appointments, our team will monitor your eyes and make sure they are healing well. Even if your vision seems fine and you are not experiencing any side effects from surgery, keep your appointments as scheduled. Please feel free to ask any questions that arise during your recovery.
PRK Eye Procedure FAQs
Q: When will I be able to return to sporting activities and physical activity?
A: Generally, when your vision allows you. We do suggest and urge that you avoid harsh or intense direct light and dusty environments after your PRK surgery at Clarity Eye Group.
Q: Will I be able to drive after my PRK surgery?
A: We require that another individual you trust drive you home after your procedure at Clarity Eye Group. We have found that typically it is safe to resume driving the next day.
Q: Will I still need reading glasses after my PRK surgery at Clarity Eye Group?
A: Commonly, individuals who receive PRK surgery at Clarity Eye Group and are under 40 years of age still read fine without the help of eye glasses. Our patients over 40 that receive PRK eye surgery may still need reading glasses for fine print.
Q: Do I need to avoid activities postoperatively?
A: No, you will be able to bend over and pick up objects just as you would before your surgery. Showering is permitted as long as you do not get water in the eye being operated on. At Clarity Eye group we do suggest that for a few weeks you wear protective eye wear when sleeping, to avoid rubbing your operative eye.
Schedule your Consultation for PRK Eye Surgery in Orange County
At Clarity Eye Group, we want our Orange County eye surgery patients to be well-informed of the options that we offer. Please contact our Huntington Beach eye care office today to schedule a PRK consultation with our vision experts.