PRK or Photorefractive Keratectomy in Bloomington, MN

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About PRK

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. It was performed safely and dependably for around ten years before the development of LASIK. Ophthalmologists still perform PRK procedures all the time, primarily for people without the amount of corneal tissue needed to have a successful LASIK surgery. PRK and other laser eye surgery methods are all done to correct or improve vision problems, such as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), though PRK is performed a bit differently and requires a longer healing time. The good news is that PRK provides outcomes that equal or even outdo those of other laser vision correction techniques. Contact our team at Chu Vision Institute in Minneapolis for a thorough assessment if you think you may be an ideal candidate for PRK.

Candidates for prk

In most cases, PRK is reserved for people who 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. It could also be a better surgery for those who have a higher chance of injury to the eye as a result of 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 glasses prescription for one year. To be able to establish whether PRK is an ideal solution for every patient, our expert eye doctors conduct a thorough eye assessment and consider any recent or existing medical issues.

how is it done?

ProcedurePRK 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 will be situated around the eye to prevent it from blinking. A PRK procedure mirrors LASIK in the initial steps. The main difference between PRK and LASIK is no corneal flap is required. Rather, the epithelium of the eye is totally taken off and disposed of so the surgeon can recontour the underlying cornea. Following the 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 following day. 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 sensitivity to light, foreign body sensations in the eye, and intense dry eye. Many patients need to use specialized bandage contacts for about three weeks. Nonetheless, as soon as the eyes are totally recovered, the acuity improvements will be equal to those of LASIK. Typically, patients can get back to their jobs and operating a vehicle within a few days and experience their complete vision correction in about 4 – 12 weeks.

Dependable Vision Correction

PRK has allowed patients to achieve great vision for many decades. For individuals who have been disappointed that they weren't ideal candidates for LASIK, PRK 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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