If you wear glasses or contacts, you have probably asked yourself, “Am I a LASIK candidate?” LASIK is short for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. It is a surgical procedure to permanently reshape a person’s cornea in order to correct certain vision problems. In this surgery, a flap is made in the cornea. A laser is used to reshape the cornea. The flap is closed and heals, usually without stitches. Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK LASIK) is a no touch laser eye surgery. No incision is necessary. The average laser surgery price for one eye is $2,150. Many insurance plans, including Medicare, do not cover this surgery. Most people recover quickly from PRK laser eye surgery. Here are some tips for fast and complete recovery:
1. Make sure you overall health is good before having PRK laser eye surgery. If you have conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts or herpes eye infection, you should probably not have this surgery.
2. Tell your surgeon what medications you take whether they are prescription or over-the-counter. If you are taking oral prednisone,
Cardarone, Accutane or Imitrex, you should postpone surgery until you are off those medications.
3. Your surgeon will give you instructions about how to prepare for PRK laser eye surgery. Follow these instructions carefully!
4. Be sure to go to all follow up appointments are recommended by your surgeon.
5. Have your prescriptions filled and use them. Eye drops with antibiotics and possibly a mild pain reliever may be prescribed following PRK laser eye surgery.
6. Make sure you understand post surgery care instructions. Take someone with you to be an extra set of ears. You can also take notes and repeat the directions back to the doctor to be sure you have them right.
7. Avoid strenuous physical activity until you get the all clear from your surgeon.