Photorefractive Keratectomy in Central PA

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WHAT IS PRK?

The board-certified ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA understand the frustration men and women can experience when they aren't approved as candidates for LASIK. It's for this reason that we offer different variations of laser vision correction, like PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), at our offices throughout Central PA. PRK was the first groundbreaking treatment for laser refractive error surgery and has produced enhanced eyesight for a multitude of patients around the world. This eye surgery reigned as the go-to approach to visual acuity improvement for ten years until LASIK took the world by storm. Fortunately, ophthalmologists still perform PRK procedures frequently, mainly for those who don't have enough corneal tissue for LASIK.

PRK and other laser vision correction techniques are all performed to eliminate or improve vision impairments, such as myopia and hyperopia; however, this particular procedure is performed somewhat differently and requires a lengthier healing process. Most importantly, PRK produces results that compare to or may even beat those of other laser eye techniques. Get in touch with us at The Eye Center of Central PA for a comprehensive consultation if you think you could be a suitable candidate for PRK.

WHO CAN GET PRK?

For the most part, PRK is offered to people who want to take advantage of laser vision surgery but aren't ideal candidates for LASIK. PRK might also be a better option for men and women with certain eye diseases. It could also be a good option for patients who are more vulnerable to trauma to the eye as a result of physical job environments or participating in contact sports. Laser eye surgery candidates should be no less than 18 years old to make sure their eyes are completely matured, and they need to have had a stable glasses prescription for one year. In order to establish whether PRK is an ideal treatment for someone, we will first need to conduct a full eye assessment and discuss any previous or ongoing medical conditions.

HOW IS PRK DONE?

Most PRK treatments are performed in fewer than ten minutes. In some cases, we might suggest waiting a week or two between procedures for each eye. Before getting started, a member of our team will completely numb the eye with special eye drops to ensure a more comfortable treatment. Once the eye is numb, a speculum device will be placed around the eye to prevent it from moving. The PRK technique mirrors LASIK for its initial steps. The primary difference between PRK and LASIK is that no corneal flap is required. Rather, the epithelial tissue of the eye is completely taken away and disposed of so the surgeon can reshape the cornea beneath. Afterward, patients are given a specialized contact lens to safeguard the eye while it heals. The epithelial tissue usually grows back in 1 – 2 weeks; therefore, the full recovery period takes a bit longer compared to other laser eye surgery procedures.

PRK Follow-Up

After any laser eye surgery, such as LASIK and PRK, we need our patients to visit The Eye Center of Central PA for 2 – 3 follow-ups. The first one is usually as soon as the following day. These appointments are necessary so that we can keep track of each patient's recuperation progress, look for any unanticipated reactions, and help take care of any potential discomfort. Compared to other laser refractive surgeries, PRK does require a longer downtime and result in a slightly higher level of discomfort and may include certain side effects, such as photophobia (light sensitivity), feeling like there is dirt in the eye, and severe dry eye. Many individuals need to use their specialized bandage contact lenses for about three weeks. However, once the eyes are totally recovered, the acuity improvements will be equal to or better than those of other laser refractive surgeries. The majority of patients are able to get back to their jobs and driving within 7 – 10 days and attain their complete visual acuity in about 4 – 12 weeks.

Dependable Vision Correction

As the first method of laser vision correction, PRK has been helping men and women to receive their sharpest vision for decades. For those who have been informed they weren't ideal candidates for LASIK, PRK might be the perfect solution. At The Eye Center of Central PA, our fantastic team has happily delivered 20/20 eyesight to hundreds of patients across Central Pennsylvania. Reach out to our team to schedule a consultation so we can help determine whether PRK is the ideal solution for your vision.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models. Possible risks of LASIK include but are not limited to: dry-eye syndrome, which can be severe; possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including glare, halos, star-bursts, and double vision, which can be debilitating; and loss of vision. The results of cataract surgery cannot be guaranteed. Additional treatments and/or surgery may be necessary.