What is the procedure like to experience?
This laser surgery takes very little time to complete. You will not experience pain and will be resting comfortably throughout the process. Once the precise amount of corneal tissue is vaporized with the excimer laser, and the cornea smoothed, a contact lens bandage is placed over the eye surface to speed healing and reduce residual discomfort. You will be prescribed several eye drops to administer, which must be applied as directed. You will need a few days away from work or other activities to recover and will have pain medication to keep you comfortable. You must not touch your eyes during your recovery.
You can expect your vision to be blurry or cloudy in the early phase of your recovery, which will improve as the days pass. The maximum vision correction is achieved at about six months following PTK surgery.