Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK eye surgery is a type of laser procedure, usually performed in order to correct a person’s vision and
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Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK eye surgery is a type of laser procedure, usually performed in order to correct a person’s vision and reduce their dependency on contact lens or glasses. PRK eye surgery uses very precise excimer laser to alter the shape of the cornea, effectively correcting any refractive errors such as astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness.
Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK eye surgery is very similar to LASIK eye surgery but there are advantages and disadvantages to each procedure.
PRK surgery advantages include:
● It’s suitable for patients with a very thin cornea
● No risk of corneal flap complications
● Less depth of laser treatment, compared to LASIK
PRK surgery disadvantages include:
● Longer recovery period, compared to LASIK
● It takes longer for the patient to obtain full vision
● The risk of post-op infection is higher
● More temporary side effects, compared to LASIK eye surgery
Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK eye surgery is recommended for patients who are:
● Over 18 years old
● Not pregnant at the time of the procedure
● Suffering from myopia with dioptres between -1.00 and -12.00
● Suffering from a stable refraction error – it has not changed for at least 12 months
● Patients with a complete understanding of the procedure and its results
● Patients who have a pupil that’s 6 mm or less
PRK surgery is also recommended for patients suffering from hyperopia or astigmatism.
Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from extreme cases of myopia (dioptres over -12.00). Other contraindications can include the following:
● Pregnant women
● Patients under 18
● Other ocular diseases such as glaucoma, keratoconus or dry eye syndrome
● Patients with a history of side effects from steroids
● Rheumatoid arthritis
● Corneal ulceration
● Corneal dystrophy type II
Patients should avoid wearing contact lenses at least 2 days before the PRK eye surgery is set to begin. Toric contact lenses should be avoided for at least 4 days before the PRK surgery. Hard gas permeable lenses should not be worn for at least a week before the PRK surgery is set to begin.
Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK eye surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia – the procedure itself takes only 10-15 minutes.
Numbing eye drops are applied on the patients eye and then an instrument is used in order to keep the eye open. An excimer laser is used to remove microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea, effectively correcting any refractive errors. The procedure is performed on each eye separately, often on the same day. Some patients may choose to treat the other eye a week or two after the first. The treated eye is then covered with a bandage contact lens which allows the epithelial cells to grow back. In a few days the bandage will be removed.
Overnight stay is not required
The Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK eye surgery recovery period is quite short, meaning that patients can return to work or normal activities immediately after the procedure is done. The patient’s vision will be greatly improved but the cornea still needs to heal itself, meaning that some blur may still exist.
In around a week the patient will notice substantial vision improvement and in 4 weeks the patient’s vision will be at its best. Patients must refrain from touching or rubbing their eyes during the PRK eye surgery recovery period, as it can interfere with the healing process. Swimming in the ocean and contact sports are also forbidden during this period.
PRK eye surgery risks and complications include:
● Under correction or over correction
● Recurrence of myopia
● Reduced vision in low light
● Permanent increase in sensitivity to light
● Infection in the eye region
● Revision surgery
PRK eye surgery side effects include:
● Redness around the eyes after the PRK eye surgery
● Itchy eyes
● Dry eyes
● Some pain
● Temporary increase in sensitivity to light
PRK eye surgery reviews set the average success rate between 80 to 98% - it depends on the condition the patient suffers from.
Some patients may rely on reading glasses even after Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK eye surgery. The best possible results will be noticeable in around a month.