Discover Your Options!
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.
"I am so happy with my decision to get prk at Chu Vision. Everyone I've encountered during my consultation, procedure and followup have been wonderful, professional, and very friendly and welcoming. Thank you Dr. Chu and the entire staff."- M.A. / Google / Sep 19, 2019
"Dr. Chu and his team at Chu Vision Institute were phenomenal throughout my entire ASA process. Every person I spoke to knew my name and every person I encountered was kind and knowledgeable. Everyone made me feel welcome. As for my procedure, I couldn't be more than happy. Dr. Chu walked me through every step he was taking and made sure I was okay. Overall, my experience at Chu Vision Institute has been extremely positive! Highly recommended!!"- G.H. / Google / Jun 19, 2018
"Bare with my lengthy review but if you’re like me, I wanted to know what others true thoughts were and I scoured as many reviews as possible to make sure I was making the best decision for me and my eyes. I am SO, SO thankful for Dr. Chu and Dr. Heckman’s expertise and honesty. I decided it was time to get Lasik and went in for my consultation. From check-in to my latest follow up, everyone at the Chu Vision Institute was friendly, warm, and helpful. Due to some past corneal scarring, Dr. Chu recommended that I get Lasik on one eye and PRK (ASA) on the other. I was extremely nervous about PRK because of the slightly longer recovery time and I really just wanted to wake up and have 20/20 vision like my friends who have had Lasik. The day of my procedure, they made sure I had all my questions and concerns answered before they let me in to have my surgery. That was extremely comforting to me and Dr. Heckman explained why PRK was recommended over Lasik. Simply put, I wouldn’t have had a good outcome if Dr. Chu had performed Lasik on both eyes. Both procedures went well and Dr. Chu confirmed his right decision during the procedure which took all of maybe 10 minutes for both eyes. As instructed, I went home and rested and could literally see 20/20 the next day with my Lasik eye. The PRK eye takes a little longer to heal but can already see better! (I was worried my blurry eye would affect my vision, but it did not). Recovery has been great and will continue to get better in the next few weeks. Now my husband wants to get his eyes done. Chu Vision Institute has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy with my results!"- E.M. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"Dr. Chu & his staff were all extremely nice, knowledgeable, & helpful. Had PRK surgery and went from -5.75 and -6.5 prescriptions to 20/20. Whole process went smooth and they walk you through everything. Been wearing glasses or contacts since I was in 3rd grade, it’s a crazy feeling waking up seeing unassisted!"- T.M. / Google / Apr 15, 2022
"Where to even begin. I had been eagerly anticipating laser vision correction for at least 5 years but life continued to get in the way. I finally was in a position to move forward and found Dr. Chu and his practice upon moving to MN. I honestly do not have the words to express how thoroughly satisfied I am and continue to be with the entire experience. From the initial evaluation to the expert guidance, seamless follow up appointments, excellent communication, wonderful and friendly staff, truly knowledgeable physicians and providers who take the time to answer your questions, I could not be more pleased. I had initially wanted to have SMILE performed but, through the counsel of Drs. Heckman and Chu, underwent ASA with phenomenal results (and the vision continues to sharpen daily which is such an amazing thing to experience). Dr. Chu was able to take my vision from 20/500 (mostly from extremely severe astigmatism with coincident myopia) to 20/20. Most importantly, I was seeing 20/30 in my right eye the day following surgery and 20/20 by the 3-day follow up. At the risk of making this review too lengthy, I have to pay my respect not only to Dr. Chu's practice but to all the individuals who work there. From Dr. Hassan to Dr. Hampton, surgical intake nurses and all the techs, they legitimately made me feel like family. More than that, the work performed at this facility is second to none. I have already referred several colleagues for vision correction at Chu Vision. To top it off, Dr. Chu is honestly a stand up guy with some pretty amazing extracurriculars :) To anyone I may have missed, THANK YOU! Genuinely changing lives for the better. TL;DR - If you care about your eyes and want high-quality, complete care, look no further than Chu Vision. You will not be disappointed."- N.A. / Google / Aug 04, 2022
how is it done?
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 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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