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Patients undergoing PRK laser surgery should have a thorough examination before the procedure is completed. During this examination the doctor should check for ocular irregularities through a dilation exam, take refractive error measurements, take pupil measurements, take corneal thickness measurements, create a corneal topography map and perform a tear function analysis. Additionally, the doctor should also examine the patient's medical history.
Patients who are preparing for PRK laser surgery should consult with the surgeon prior to this extensive examination for guidelines to follow before the examination. This will likely include not wearing contact lenses for a period of time before the eye is examined to ensure correct measurements.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|