Before you intend to perform Photorefractive Keratectomy, please inform if you have any of the medical conditions such as corneal ulceration or melting, dry eye, keratoconus, glaucoma, if you are sensitive to steroids etc. A candidate should not be pregnant during this procedure. One should also take into consideration if the person suffers from allergies.
Let us study a step by step procedure for the recovery of patients with Photorefractive Keratectomy
Immediate after Photorefractive Keratectomy Surgery:
In the starting days, resting is the most crucial and important thing. Resting allows the healing of the epithelial cells. During this process you can expect little itching, pain and a decreased level of comfort. You don’t have to worry about these minor symptoms, these symptoms fade-off soon by time. The healing process is more rapid during this time. Corneal epithelial cells are replaced within a week of the surgical procedure. Mostly your first appointment with your healthcare professional will be very soon, you can discuss your queries and any problems with your doctor. Even the minute details relating to the procedure should be discussed with your doctor.
Prevent Dryness of Eye:
Healthcare professionals advise use of lubricant drops to prevent dryness of the eyes. Care must be taken especially in sleep to avoid rubbing and itching of eyes as this may lead to eye injury. You can use some eye protection to avoid any kind of injury to the eye which is recovering from a surgical procedure. At this stage your eyes are very sensitive and the epithelial cells need time to get them attached to the basement membrane. Do apply the lubricant drops which are prescribed by the doctor in the timely manner. You can prepare a chart and tick-mark to avoid skipping any of the doses.
You should see your doctor regularly as advised by the doctor. As the days pass-by the appointment will be at longer duration of time. Your regular check-up helps in knowing health status of eye, the healing process, and also most importantly you can check the infections and other complications if any. As we are aware that Photorefractive Keratectomy takes a little longer than LASIK to recover and there is increased risk of infection in this procedure. Your regular visits also help you in discussing any issues related to eye.
The eyes after surgery become very sensitivity to light. People often experience Glare, halos, or starburst aberrations. The first month experiences a higher healing period and during this period any issues with the vision such as haze, blurring can be experienced but after few days these symptoms will fade and you will get a better vision.
Photorefractive Keratectomy offers you the benefit of better visual acuity. This surgery is beneficial in people who has irregular shaped cornea, as there is less removal of epithelial cells from the cornea. As discussed previously it is also useful in patients who has thin cornea. Take all the necessary precautions to have a healthy vision.