If you have decided that TransPRK is your preferred choice for laser vision correction, here are the steps you can take to make your dream come true:
1. Book an appointment for an evaluation to assess your suitability for TransPRK. You should stop wearing your soft contact lens for at least 3 days prior to the evaluation (or at least 10 days for hard contact lens wearers in preparation for the evaluation).
2. The evaluation is expected to take around 2 to 3 hours. It will include comprehensive eye tests & measurements, a detailed information session on the procedure, and a medical examination & consultation with the eye surgeon himself. Pupil dilating eye drops would be administered as part of the eye examination, and may cause your near vision will be blurry for the next few hours. Hence, it is best not to drive.
3. If you are found to be suitable, you can proceed to book a date for the TransPRK procedure. You should plan for around 5 days to rest and recover.
4. You would have to stop wearing your soft contact lenses for at least 3 days prior to your surgery day (or at least 10 days if you are wearing hard contact lenses).
5. On the surgery day, have a good bath, including a thorough hair wash. Please have a light meal before coming down. It is advisable to come to the clinic with warm clothing, as the operating theatre will be cold. Do not wear any perfume, deodorants, aftershave, colognes, etc. It is not necessary to have someone accompany you as you will see well enough to go home by yourself. But you shouldn’t be driving home!
6. Prior to the start of the surgery, anaesthetic eye drops would be administered to numb your eyes.
7. You will be instructed to lie down on the surgery bed and to look ahead with both eyes open at a blinking green fixation light. You can blink softly. Be relaxed. This is all you need to do! Have no fear, there is absolutely no pain. Unlike the other vision correction methods, there is no eyeball ring clamps and nothing touches the cornea except for the laser light.
8. The TransPRK procedure is performed using the Schwind Amaris 1050RS excimer laser. Equipped with the SmartSurfACE technology, the machine will sculpt your cornea and correct your vision in one single seamless step lasting from 10 to 50 seconds. You would just be required to focus on the fixation light during this period.
9. After the procedure is completed, a clear, high-oxygen permeability bandage contact lens is placed onto the treated cornea surface. It acts as an artificial flap to protect the treated surface while the surface epithelium cells regenerate themselves fully over the next 3 to 5 days.
10. Next, you will be brought to the resting area to rest for about an hour. Please be reminded once again that you shouldn’t be driving back home after the procedure. During the first few days of the recovery period, please keep your area clean, and do follow the prescribed eye drop medications. You should be resting at home. When outdoors in the sun, please wear your uv-protected sunglasses.
DAY 1 TO DAY 3
You will be given an appointment to see the doctor after 48 hours of rest. During this first follow-up, the doctor will be examining your eyes for any possible signs of infection. Please tell the doctor if you are experiencing any pain, redness, eye discharges, etc.
Do not be anxious if your vision is a bit hazy, especially during Day 2 to Day 3, as the surface epithelium cells are healing. During this period, medical leave can be given for you to rest at home. It is safe to use your handphone and computer, however, it may be blurry. You should remember to wear sunglasses when you are outdoors in the day to prevent exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
DAY 5 TO DAY 6
You will be given a second follow-up appointment to see the doctor to remove the bandage lens. You can go back to work on the same day as the removal.
Once the bandage lenses are removed, you may resume light sports (e.g. jogging, cycling, gym exercises). You can wash your hair and face without any worries, however, you should remain cautious to not allow any dirty water to splash into the eyes. It is also safe to wear make-up now.
Sunglasses should still be worn when you are outdoors in the day to avoid exposure to sunlight.
DAY 15 ONWARDS
You may safely resume rugged & contact sports (e.g. boxing, rugby), as well as water sports (e.g. swimming, diving, snorkelling).
However, please bear in mind that sunglasses should still be worn when you are outdoors in the sun at least for the next 8 weeks.