FAQs After PRK

Is the procedure painful?

No. Before the procedure anaesthetic eye drops will be placed in your eyes so that no pain is experienced during the surgery.

How long does the procedure take?

The laser treatment itself takes less than a minute, while the entire procedure takes approximately 15-20 minutes for both eyes.

How long before I can go back to work?

You may resume work generally one week after surgery depending on the field of work you are in and how quickly your eyes heal.

How long before I can drive?

You are not to drive until the doctor has advised you to do so. At your first post operative appointment your vision will be assessed and you will then be advised as to whether it is safe for you to start driving again. Usually most patients are able to drive 4 – 5 days after surgery.

When can I start playing sports?

It is recommended that you avoid contact sports for 4 weeks after surgery. Non contact sports such as golf and tennis can be resumed after one week. Swimming can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery.

When can I starting washing my hair?

You may wash your hair as normal after surgery but do not put your face under the water for at least one week.

When can I start wearing makeup?

You can start to wear eye makeup one week after surgery.

When can I fly after surgery?

It is recommended you avoid flying for one week after surgery.

Will I have dry eyes after surgery?

You may experience dry eyes after surgery, which is usually alleviated with tear drops and generally disappears over time. However, if dry eyes are persistent you may require long term use of tear drops or other forms of treatment, such as insertion of plugs into the drainage system of the eye.

Will my night time driving be affected?

Some patients may experience problems with driving at night, such as starbursts or haloes around lights in the initial months after surgery. However, with the advanced technology used today, these issues are minimal and will subside over time as the eyes heal. Rarely, night vision disturbances are permanent.

Will the surgery be permanent?

Yes. Usually 3 months after your surgery the eye will have completely healed and vision stabilised giving permanent results. The surgery will permanently modify the shape of the cornea to reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses.