PRK Eye Surgery Recovery Tips

LASIK & Cataract Surgeons serving Gurnee, River Forest & Chicago


If you are interested in better vision but are not a candidate for LASIK, then PRK eye surgery may be a good choice for you. PRK is an established, safe, and effective LASIK alternative that can help you get to 20/20 vision or better.Ditch your glasses with PRK vision correction surgery | Kirk Eye Center

Recovery from PRK takes a bit longer than recovery from LASIK. However, as long as you follow your eye surgeon's instructions and know what to expect, your recovery should be fairly easy and tolerable. Patients who have undergone PRK generally find that the longer recovery time is worth it for the amazing outcome.

If you are interested in PRK vision correction surgery, please don't hesitate to contact Kirk Eye Center at 708-397-8114 today to schedule your consultation.

Recovery After PRK Vision Correction

After your PRK eye surgery, you should expect to be out of work for at least a week to allow your eyes to heal properly. You will not be able to focus comfortably on a computer screen, which will make working an office job very difficult and could cause significant eye strain and delays in healing if you try.

For the first few days, you should expect the following symptoms:

  • Dry eyes
  • Tearing up
  • Vision that goes in and out of focus
  • Glares and halos
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A feeling of something in your eye

There should not be much pain, but we will prescribe you numbing eye drops for any pain you may experience. You'll also need to use artificial tears frequently in order to combat dry eye and keep your eyes lubricated. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions on how often to use your prescribed eye drops.

You will also need to keep your eyes protected for the first few days. You should shower below the head only in order to keep water from getting in your eyes, and we will give you eye shields to wear while sleeping.

It is also important to come to all of your follow-up appointments. We will check your eyes, answer any questions you have, and make sure that you are healing well.

How Long Until You Can See Well After PRK Surgery?

Unfortunately, it does take longer to reach your final vision correction level when you have PRK instead of LASIK. However, the final outcome will be the same. Most patients will be able to see well enough to return to work and resume everyday activities such as driving after the first week. It may take longer to be comfortable driving at night.

It usually takes around a month for symptoms to fully subside and for the eyes to reach their full visual acuity. For some patients, it may take up to 3 months for complete healing, although you should be able to see well and recovery symptoms should be dramatically reduced before then.

Schedule Your PRK Consultation

If you are interested in restoring 20/20 vision and getting rid of your glasses, call Kirk Eye Center at 708-397-8114 today to schedule your consultation. We will evaluate your eyes and let you know if you are a candidate for either LASIK or PRK.

We serve patients in River Forest, Gurnee, and other nearby areas of Chicago.