In these cases, the procedure known as Photorefractive Keratectomy (“PRK”) becomes an alternative that can restore your vision’s full potential.
PRK is an outpatient procedure wherein an excimer laser is used to sculpt the cornea to achieve vision correction.
In PRK, only the very top (epithelial) layer of the cornea is moved aside during laser eye surgery, compared to the flap created with LASIK. The surgeon then uses the excimer laser to sculpt the cornea. The epithelium typically heals in one to two days.
There are some requirements to meet to be a good candidate for PRK eye surgery.
If, for example, you have thinner corneas, irregular astigmatism, scarring, or progressive ectasia, you will not be able to get this type of procedure. Dr. Besser will work with you in your initial consultation to determine your best option.
Immediately after a PRK procedure, patients are likely to experience discomfort for the first 36-48 hours.
We recommend all our patients that had PRK surgery wear a soft, protective contact lens (known as a “bandage soft contact lens”) for 5-7 days after the procedure. This bandage contact lens promotes healing and allows the patient to be more comfortable during the healing period.
Dr. Besser will remove the contact lens at the 5-7 day post-operative visit.