After PRK or Surface Ablation

After Surface Ablation

The First Day after Surface Ablation or PRK

Following the surgery ablation

Surface ablation side effects
Sometimes, there is a haze which comes on the cornea following surface ablation

surgery you should go home and rest.

You will experience severe discomfort, including a burning sensation in the eye, and an inability to keep the eye open. This discomfort will peak at around 8 hours after the procedure, and then gradually decrease. Once you wake up the next morning, you should be better. We will provide you with pain and sleep medication to be used as needed as well as ophthalmic drops to enhance healing, and to reduce inflammation.

You can expect your vision to be a fairly blurry, immediately after surgery. Don’t be alarmed, this is normal. There will be some improvement the next day, but the vision will not be perfect.

You must not touch your eyes, or rub them for the first 24 hours. This is critical.

You can eat what you like. We would encourage you not to drive on the first day.


The First Week after PRK or Surface Ablation

When you leave the New Vision Laser Center you will be given complete instructions including an appointment for the next day. A typical post-operative follow-up schedule includes examinations the day after, and the following two days, and one, three and six months after. You can discuss with your New Vision Doctor the alternatives if you cannot keep up the follow-up schedule.

With PRK your vision improves slowly, and it may take a month or more for vision to be as good as with the glasses before the procedure. You should do whatever activities you are confortable doing, and you may feel comfortable enough to watch TV and drive in a few days. You will be using 3 different drops for 5 days, and artificial tears and steroids for about 2-3 months after the procedure.

You should:

  • Wear good sunglasses
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid swimming, water parks etc. for about six  months
  • Showers are fine, just avoid splashing your eyes with water for a few weeks. Do clean the areas over the eyes and around them.
  • Avoid dusty or smoky environments.
  • Avoid sun exposure

The First Year after PRK or Surface Ablation or ASA

Recovery is generally slower with PRK or ASA or Surface Ablation  than with all other procedures, including  LASIK, Bladeless LASIK or ReLEx smile.

After PRK or Surface Ablation, we advise you not to rub your eyes hard for at least a month.


In a small percentage of patients, there may be a need for an enhancement procedure, to further reduce any refractive error that may have been left behind after the procedure. Generally, any enhancement necessary will be carried out after 2-3 months, after vision has stabilized. New Vision Laser Centers generally carry out all enhancements necessary free of cost.