About 20 years have gone by since Dr. Punzal had LASIK surgery. He has enjoyed freedom from glasses and contact lenses for a good amount of time, but he realized that his vision was not as sharp as it had once been. Many people have LASIK and do well for a long period of time. Some people seek out an enhancement to sharpen clarity. In Dr. Punzal’s case, he saw well, but he had a desire for even more precision in the distance. Due to thinner corneas, which is common after refractive surgery, Dr. Faulkner recommended a PRK enhancement rather than a LASIK enhancement.
8:30 pm Dr. Punzal starts his preoperative preparation by putting in some antibiotic drops.
8:00 am Dr. Punzal and his support crew (eight members of our staff) arrive at Aloha Laser Vision in downtown Honolulu.
8:15 am Dr. Punzal begins his prep in anticipation of the procedure.
8:30 am Dr. Punzal is escorted into the surgical suite, which has a beautiful view of downtown. They lay him down on a table, and he hugs the Aloha Laser Vision teddy bear. Dr. Faulkner’s surgical technician sterilizes around Dr. Punzal’s eyes and inserts some eye drops.
8:45 am Dr. Faulkner starts the procedure. After removing the outermost layer of the cornea (the epithelium), Dr. Faulkner applies the laser to Dr. Punzal’s eyes, one eye at a time. This takes only about 2-3 minutes for each eye. He places a bandage soft contact lens on each eye to help facilitate the healing.
9:00 am Surgery is completed, and Dr. Punzal gets to enjoy one of Dr. Faulkner’s famous homemade cookies. Overall, he is feeling good. Vision is fuzzy, but this is to be expected after PRK as removing the epithelium creates a large abrasion on the front of the eyes.
9:30 am Dr. Punzal returns to his hotel to take a long, nice nap.
1:30 pm Dr. Punzal wakes up feeling refreshed and optimistic about having clearer vision in the weeks ahead. He starts his postoperative care with an antibiotic drop, an anti-inflammatory drop, and lubricating tears. Lubricating the eyes frequently with preservative free artificial tears is essential for optimal healing after refractive surgery.
Vision is hazy and eyes feel a little scratchy, but the Aloha Laser Vision team counseled Dr. Punzal well on what the PRK healing process is like. Dr. Punzal is able to rest and relax at the hotel before traveling home to Kaua’i with his new eyes!
Compared to LASIK, the recovery from PRK is a longer process. Depending on one’s occupation or daily activities, it is usually best to take at least a few days off following the procedure. Dr. Punzal returned to seeing patients four days after the surgery. As his corneas continue to heal, he is looking forward to enhanced clarity in the distance!
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