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How Long Does PRK Last?

By WebMD Connect to Care Staff
Here’s what you need to know about PRK laser eye surgery, the recovery time, and how long the surgery results last.

PRK, or Photorefractive Keratectomy, is a laser vision correction option for those with milder eye conditions, active lifestyles, or conditions that disqualify them for LASIK, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The Cleveland Clinic says that while PRK has a longer recovery time, 95% of patients can see without glasses or contacts a year after surgery. 

During PRK, an ophthalmologist numbs your eye before removing the outer layer of your cornea — the thin, clear lining that covers your eye. The doctor then reshapes the cornea tissue with a laser, after which a bandaid contact is placed on the eye for healing. Here’s more on what healing from PRK entails and how long your results could last.

How Long Do PRK Surgery Results Last?

After PRK surgery, you could experience some mild pain for two to three days. Your doctor should prescribe eye drops for pain and also dryness, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. They also advise that your vision will be blurry for up to five days after PRK, and it can take a month or longer to get full results. Some experts say this could take anywhere from six weeks to six months.

As for how long PRK surgery results last, just like LASIK, the results are permanent, but laser eye surgery cannot prevent your eye from aging, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, PRK surgery is a great option if you’re looking to lessen your dependence on reading glasses.

PRK is just one of several vision correction options that could be right for you. As with all vision correction surgeries, it’s important to consider your health history, get a thorough consultation, and be prepared to ask questions.

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