No, patients will only feel mind post-op discomfort.
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.
Average PRK Eye Surgery costs in Turkey are € 1,100.
With FlyMedi, you can connect with 13 Eye Care centers in Turkey that are offering PRK Eye Surgery procedures. These Eye Care centers are accredited by international standard-setting bodies including JCI and ISO 9001:2000. Popular PRK Eye Surgery destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya.
Prices listed on this page are the average price for PRK Eye Surgery. Clinics may require more details regarding your medical condition in order to provide you with a personalized PRK Eye Surgery quote. For a more accurate PRK Eye Surgery price quote, please click HERE.
Turkey is a treasure trove of traditions, spices, street food delights and destinations for any intrepid tourist. It’s a mix between the familiar and the exotic, ranging from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene and relaxed Roman ruins spread around Turkey’s Western and Southern coast. Turkey is a fairly large country with 75 million inhabitants. The country spreads between Europe and Asia, with 97% of the country on the Asian side – Asian Turkey. Turkey is encircled and enjoys access to three different seas: The Black Sea, The Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the largest city in Europe, regarding population – It has over 14 million people.
Turkey’s medical infrastructure has improved greatly beginning with the early 2000s and now is one of the biggest medical tourism hubs in Europe and Asia. Turkey has the largest number of JCI-accredited hospitals, second only to the USA and hospitals are more often than not part of international healthcare groups, following strict European protocols and regulations. Turkey has 28.000 medical institutions spread across the European and Asian side but some of the biggest private hospitals and medical centres are in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum – these also happen to be some of the best tourist destinations in Turkey.
Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with its sandy beaches and small streets littered with traditional shops and elegant restaurants. The town used to be called Halicarnassus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Bodrum also features a castle built by the crusaders in the 15th century.
Istanbul is the home of several architectural treasures, including the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed between 1609 and 1616 and the Sultan’s body still resides within the mosque. The high ceiling is lined with more than 20000 handmade ceramic tiles, hence the name – The Blue Mosque.
Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a surreal destination in the country’s western region of Denizli, world renowned for its white terraces with warm spring water. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built over the springs and Pamukkale was a renowned destination in antiquity as well. Tourists can visit the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the baths, temples and theatres dating to the second century BC.
● If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can get a VISA for Turkey online. The VISA usually costs around $20 for US travellers.
● Turkey’s population is predominantly Islamic so it’s a good idea to wear a headscarf while visiting mosques. Shorts or any other garments that fit under the knee are not prohibited by law but it’s considered good etiquette not to wear shorts for men or short skirts for women.
● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira – the Turkish currency just about everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops also accept credit cards.
● Roaming fees in Turkey can be somewhat expensive, so it’s a good idea to simply buy a new Turkish SIM card and use it while staying in Turkey.
● Turkey’s international calling code is +90.
● Electrical installations usually operate on 220 volts, 50 Hz and use European style plugs and European style sockets. Four and Five star hotels usually provide North American - 120 volts, 60 Hz sockets as well.
● Driving in Turkey can be a hassle sometimes, but very pleasurable at other times. Roads are usually in good shape and some roads actually lack traffic, so it can be a relaxing experience. In Turkey, people drive on the right, so that’s a detail you will need to keep in mind. In some areas, villagers made cardboard and marker pen signs in order to help lost tourist on their way.
● Renting a car in Turkey is quite simple and cheap. If you have the budget for a full insurance, you should definitely take it – if anything happens, at least you won’t have to worry about money.
● The Turkish Airlines Company, THY offers destinations to just about anywhere in the world with a total of 261 destinations. The company was founded in 1933 and features 285 passenger and cargo planes.
● Turkey uses the metric system which is easy enough to understand – 1 Km = 1000 meters, 1 Kg = 1000 grams, and so on. One mile equals 1.60 Km.
● Turkish people are warm and very hospitable - It is customary for people to hug and kiss both cheeks regardless of their gender.
● Turkish street food is very diverse, from the simple bagel-type snack Simit to the familiar pizza-type Lahmacun, there are tons of variants to just about anything.
● Turkish coffee is world renowned, but it’s also a bit different than say, its American counterpart - It is usually a strong coffee with a rich aroma, served very hot from a small traditional cup. Be careful not to drink any of the coffee grounds still in the cup.
● Turkish delight, as the name suggests, can be a really sweet delight for tourists. It is made from sugar, starch and just about any fruit or aroma imaginable, including walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates, lemon, orange, rosewater and many others. Turkish delight is usually served with coffee and it became popular all around the world, including in the Balkans region and as far as Brazil and North America.
No, patients will only feel mind post-op discomfort.
Both procedures are equally safe, the only difference is PRK surgery is bladeless.
Complications from PRK surgery are very rare, 1.7%.