What Medications You Might Take Before PRK Eye Surgery

Today I picked up my medications for my PRK eye surgery.

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. IT IS SOLELY A RECOUNTING OF MY INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE. ALWAYS TALK TO AN EYE SURGEON FOR MEDICAL QUESTIONS RELATED TO EYE SURGERY.

Before PRK eye surgery you need to take medications prescribed by your eye surgeon to prepare your eyes and your body for surgery. I was worried about blinking, moving, and generally ruining my surgery, but the medications I’ll be taking before hand ensure that I won’t. The surgical coordinator Audrey gave me these instructions for how to take them.

The Day Before PRK Eye Surgery

Two different eye drops:

  • Antibiotic Eye Drops – Polyxin B Sulfate and Trimethoprim Opthalmic Solution
  • Steroid Eye Drops (to treat eye swelling) – Prednisolone Acetate Opthalmic Suspension

Instructions: Instill 1 drop 3 times daily in both eyes, beginning 1 day prior to surgery.

The Day Of PRK Eye Surgery

Eye drops and pills:

  • Polyxin B Sulfate and Trimethoprim Opthalmic Solution
  • Prednisolone Acetate Opthalmic Suspension
  • Lorazepam (used to calm you down)
  • Gabapentin (used for pain relief)

Instructions: Instill eye drops; take 1 Lorazepam pill by mouth upon arrival the of surgery; and take 1 Gabapentin pill by mouth three times daily beginning the morning of surgery.

Well, wish me luck only three more days till my PRK eye surgery. To learn more about the PRK procedure click here.

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