A GUIDE TO LASER VISION CORRECTION

Dr. Robert Maloney believes that a well-informed patient is key to successful vision correction surgery. He wants to be sure that you fully understand what you can expect from your procedure you choose. He wants to help you care for and preserve your eyesight in the best way possible. Here, you can find the information that you need to help you make informed choices about health care for your eyes.

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PRK

PREPARING FOR PRK

As with LASIK, you will be asked not to wear contact lenses for up to a week prior to the date of your measurements in order to give your eyes time to return to their natural shape and provide a more accurate correction. If you wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses, your surgeon may request that you not wear them for up to three weeks prior to your measurements for the same reason.

Whether to operate the same day on both eyes or to have each eye treated on different dates is a decision to be made by the patient after discussing the pros and cons with the surgeon. Because the return of functional vision is prolonged after PRK, some prefer to wait at least one week before operating on the second eye. The major drawback is the inconvenience of going through the recovery process (twenty-four to forty-eight hours of pain or discomfort and the postoperative office visits) twice.

You will need to make sure that you have a ride home from your surgeon's office, because you will have been given a mild sedative prior to your procedure.

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