Do you struggle with blurry vision but are not a good candidate for LASIK surgery? Do you hate wearing contacts or glasses?
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is another type of refractive surgery that treats common vision problems and improves your eyesight.
Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Wilmington, DE, can eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses through PRK Surgery.
What is Photorefractive Keratectomy Surgery? An Alternative to LASIK
PRK is another form of laser eye surgery that corrects refractive errors: nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
PRK v. LASIK What's the Difference?
Both laser eye surgeries treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to allow the patient to see clearly without the use of their contact lenses and glasses.
During this refractive surgery, the outermost layer of your cornea (the epithelium) is removed using an excimer laser. The remaining corneal tissue underneath is then reshaped. You will be given a protective contact lens to aid epithelial healing. Because the entire outer layer is removed, the recovery time for PRK is longer than LASIK. However, it produces the same results and is an effective alternative for those who are not good candidates for LASIK.
During this refractive surgery, your doctor will create a flap in the outermost layer of your cornea. The flap is then peeled back so the laser can reshape your cornea. Immediately following the LASIK procedure, the flap is closed without the need for sutures. Over the following days and weeks, your corneal flap will close and heal on its own. This healing and recovery time is often quicker than PRK as an entire layer of the cornea is not removed.
Benefits of PRK
Most patients who undergo PRK surgery achieve at least 20/40 vision without the need for contacts or glasses.
Results That Last
PRK results are permanent. However, the natural aging process of our eyes could eventually require the use of glasses for reading or at night.
An Effective Alternative
PRK is a great way for people who cannot undergo LASIK eye surgery to still achieve the same benefits of significantly improved vision.
Say Goodbye to Contacts Call Our Wilmington Office Today!
Eye Physicians and Surgeons is home to a team of experienced ophthalmic and optometric professionals who strive to provide excellence in eye care to the Wilmington area.
We take the time to get to know each patient's needs and expectations so we can put together a treatment plan that is right for them. If you are tired of wearing contacts and glasses and are ready to see clearly, schedule a consultation today. Our team will know whether PRK is the best option for you.
Send us a message or call our Wilmington, DE, office to schedule your PRK consultation.
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What to Expect During PRK Treatment
The entire procedure typically takes less than 15 minutes.
Are There Any Side Effects?
In the first few days after PRK surgery, it is normal to experience blurred vision, dry eyes, and mild discomfort. Patients experiencing any pain or discomfort after their laser surgery can take over-the-counter pain medication and prescription eye drops to minimize their symptoms. These common side effects should subside within a few days to a few weeks.
You should contact your doctor if you are experiencing the following:
- Over or undercorrection
- Cloudiness of the cornea
- Signs of infection
- Poorer vision
Avoid Touching Your Eyes
Be conscious not to touch or rub your eyes in the days following your procedure. This could damage your cornea and lead to more serious side effects.
Use Medication as Prescribed
Use your prescription eye drops on schedule per your doctor's orders to prevent infection. Use lubricating eye drops to prevent dry eye, which can damage the cornea.
Avoid Strenuous Activity
While daily activities can be resumed in around 24 hours, swimming and any strenuous physical activity should be avoided for a few weeks after surgery until the eyes are fully healed.
Avoid Sun Exposure
It is important to give your eyes time to heal and rest. Wear sunglasses if you need to go outside so your eyes are not strained. Putting any strain on your eyes should be avoided for a few weeks following your procedure.
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