In the first few hours, it is common for the patient to feel a foreign body in the eyes, mild burning, and tearing; however, the ophthalmologist may prescribe eye drops to help alleviate these symptoms. The PRK method usually has a slightly slower and more painful recovery than the LASIK method.
In addition, eye care must be maximum: the use of sunglasses is recommended to protect the eyes from the sun’s rays; there should not be intense contact of water with the eyes, as in swimming pools, in addition to taking care in the shower, not letting too much waterfall on the operated area; the use of makeup should be avoided, as well as spending many hours in front of the computer or television; keep your hands clean and never rub your eyes. Despite the small restrictions, it is possible to return to routine activities, such as study and work, in a short time, as directed by the ophthalmologist.
Recovery from PRK surgery, on the other hand, takes longer, starting with removing the contact lens applied at the operation’s end. While in LASIK surgery, the doctor removes the lens the next day during the postoperative consultation; the lens applied after PRK surgery must wait a little longer to be removed, as it protects the cornea while the epithelium regenerates. The same precautions as in the LASIK surgery must be taken, but for a more extended period, as instructed by the ophthalmologist.
What Are The Risks Of Laser Myopia Surgery?
Despite presenting low rates of complications, refractive surgery for myopia also poses risks to the patient who undergoes the operation. One of them is the cornea not being adequately remodeled, causing the patient to have a new surgery to correct its degree. In addition, the operated person may also have dry eye, discomfort, foreign body sensation, redness, and difficulty in healing, which increases recovery time. Corneal infection is the most serious risk, which can leave sequelae in the patient’s vision.
How Much Does Myopia Surgery Cost?
Custom LASIK or PRK surgery from Kraff Eye Institute for instance usually costs more than regular LASIK or PRK surgery, and the surgery price will vary depending on the clinic you choose. It is essential to add up all the costs, such as evaluation consultation, eye exams, and surgery, which involve the operating room, medical team, and materials.
Some health plans offer coverage for the beneficiary to perform the procedure in the accredited network. In case of further questions, contact your medical insurance and seek more information.