If you are considering getting Lasik, you may be interested to know some complications of PRK include:
- Dry eyes
- Long healing period
- Glare, halos, or starburst Aberrations
- Under- or over-correction
- Recurrence of myopia
- Corneal haze
- Reduced best corrected visual acuity
- Reduced acuity in low light
As with other forms of refractive surgery, Lasik, Epi-Lasik, Lasek and so forth, ‘dry eyes’ is the most common complication of PRK surgery.
PRK may be performed on one eye at a time to assess the results of the procedure and ensure adequate vision during the healing process. Activities requiring good binocular vision may have to be suspended between surgeries and during extended healing periods.
A few post-PRK patients have complained of glare, halos, and starburst aberrations, which may be the result of postoperative corneal haze that may had developed during the healing process. Using modern lasers as of the year 2005, this is quite rare after 6 months but reportedly, symptoms have occasionally lingered longer than a year in some cases.