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Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was the first groundbreaking approach to laser refractive surgery and has granted 20/20 eyesight to millions of men and women across the globe without their having to wear glasses or contact lenses. PRK was performed safely and dependably for around ten years before the development of LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) laser vision correction. Ophthalmologists still perform PRK procedures all the time, primarily for people without the amount of corneal tissue needed (thin corneas) to have a successful LASIK surgery.
PRK and other laser eye surgery methods are all done to correct or improve refractive errors and vision problems, such as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), though PRK surgery is performed a bit differently and requires a longer healing time. The good news is that photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery provides outcomes that equal or even outdo those of other types of laser vision correction surgery. Contact our team at Chu Vision Institute in Minneapolis for a thorough assessment if you or your ophthalmologist think you may be a good candidate for PRK.
CANDIDATES FOR PRK
In most cases, PRK laser eye surgery is reserved for people with a refractive error, would like to get laser vision surgery, but don’t have sufficient corneal tissue for LASIK. PRK could also be a more suitable surgery for patients with certain eye conditions or for those who have a higher chance of eye injury as a result of a very active lifestyle, hazardous working environments, or taking part in aggressive sports. Laser eye surgery candidates need to be at least 18 years old to make sure their eyes are completely matured, and they must have had a stable corrective lenses prescription for one year. To be able to establish whether PRK is an ideal solution for every patient, your expert eye surgeon will conduct a thorough eye assessment and consider any recent or existing medical issues.
PRK treatments are often completed in about 20 minutes. In most cases, Dr. Chu may suggest having the eyes treated a week apart due to the long healing time. To begin, a member of our team will completely anesthetize the eye with no-sting eye drops to ensure a painless experience. Next, a speculum device (eyelid holder) will be situated around the eye to prevent it from blinking.
A PRK procedure mirrors LASIK surgery in the initial steps. The main difference between PRK refractive surgery and LASIK eye surgery is that no corneal flap is required. Rather, the epithelium of the eye is totally taken off (using an alcohol solution) and disposed of so the surgeon can re-contour the underlying cornea. Following the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery, patients are given a specialized bandage contact lens to safeguard the eye as the epithelial tissue regenerates. The epithelial tissue generally regenerates in 1 – 2 weeks.
RESULTS AFTER PRK
After PRK, patients will need to return to our office in the Twin Cities for 2 – 3 follow-ups. The first follow-up will be the day following your photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), the second will be about a week after, and the third about two months post-surgery. These appointments are crucial when it comes to keeping an eye on each patient’s healing process, looking for any unanticipated reactions, and dealing with any possible discomfort.
In comparison to other laser vision correction techniques, PRK does have a lengthier downtime and a slightly higher degree of discomfort, including light sensitivity, blurry vision, foreign body sensations in the eye, and dry eye symptoms. Many patients need to use a specialized bandage contact for about three weeks. Nonetheless, as soon as the eyes are totally recovered, the vision improvements will be comparable to those of LASIK. Typically, patients can get back to their jobs and operate a vehicle within a few days and experience their best vision correction in about 4 – 12 weeks.
DEPENDABLE VISION CORRECTION
Photorefractive keratectomy has allowed patients to achieve great vision for many decades. For individuals who have been disappointed that they weren’t ideal candidates for LASIK, a PRK procedure may be the perfect answer. At Chu Vision Institute, our fantastic team of has proudly delivered great vision to numerous patients in Minneapolis, MN. Call us to schedule an appointment so we can tell you whether PRK is the ideal choice for you to get rid of your glasses and contacts.
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