The PRK Experience Video Blog Series ~ Blog 8

1 Month Post Operative Check Up

It’s now 1 month after Nori’s PRK surgery with Dr. Mandel.

As you’ve probably guessed from our previous blogs, her preliminary exam is completed by our Certified Ophthalmic Technician, Kim Procci.  This exam includes a review of her medications as well as a vision check.

Once her preliminary exam is completed, she is ready for her 1 month check up with her PRK surgeon, Dr. Mandel.  Dr. Mandel begins this visit by examining Nori’s eyes under the special slit-lamp microscope, which cross-sections the eye.  Dr. Mandel then reviews his findings and post operative instructions with Nori and tells her what to expect going forward in the next video:

Nori’s uncorrected vision, 1 month after PRK with Dr. Mandel, is 20/20 in the right eye and 20/25 in the left eye.  With both eyes together, she sees 20/20+ and is extremely happy with her vision.  Dr. Mandel’s recommendation for her eye drop and post operative care regimen, from now until her next visit in 3 months, is as follows:

Pred Forte eye drops:  Discontinue.  She will start FML, a weaker steroid, in place of this drop. She will then be slowly weaned off of this drop.
FML eye drops:  1 drop, in both eyes, 3 times a day for 3 weeks, twice a day for 3 weeks and then once a day for 3 weeks. This is a steroid drop which decreases inflammation and controls the speed of healing.
Natural Tear drops:  As needed for dryness, which is common immediately after PRK and can persist for the first 6 months.
UV 400 sunglasses:  Wearing sunglasses with UV 400 protection outside, during daylight, is very important for the first 6 months following PRK surgery to shield the eyes from the harmful UV rays during the healing period.
Vitamin C 500mg twice daily: This dosage of vitamin C is what Dr. Mandel has found to be the most effective one to aid in healing after PRK.  Again, this is recommended for the first 6 months during the time that the collagen formation is taking place in the cornea.

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Other Blogs in This Series:

Blog #2:  The Initial Evaluation
Blog #3: The Final Evaluation
Blog #4:  The Approach
Blog #5:  The Big Day!
Blog #6:  1 Day Post PRK Check-Up
Blog #7:  5 Day Post PRK Check-Up

Related Blogs:

LASIK vs. PRK:  Which Procedure is Right for You?
LASIK and PRK: Change Your Vision, Change Your Life!

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LASIK FAQ Series: What Sets Us Apart from Other Laser Vision Correction Centers
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