PRK in Bloomington, IN

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What Is PRK?

R. Daniel Grossman, M.D. is all too aware of the frustration incurred when a patient is ineligible for LASIK. Fortunately, The Eye Center of Southern Indiana offers several types of laser refractive correction options, including PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). PRK was the first, groundbreaking approach to laser vision surgery and has provided 20/20 vision or better to millions of individuals all over the world. Even with the invention of LASIK, eye surgeons still perform PRK procedures frequently, mainly for patients who don't have enough corneal tissue to receive LASIK. PRK provides outcomes equal to those of LASIK and other laser eye procedures. Reach out to our Bloomington, IN team for a comprehensive evaluation if you believe you could be eligible for PRK.

How Does PRK Work?

PRK is typically reserved for those who want to have laser refractive surgery but aren't eligible for LASIK or LASEK. It might also be a more practical treatment for individuals with particular ocular diseases or who have a higher chance of eye trauma due to working conditions. Like with other laser surgeries, a PRK procedure starts by numbing the eye with drops and fixing the lids in place. The main difference with PRK is that no corneal flap is necessary. Instead, the upper epithelial tissue of the eye is completely removed and discarded in order to reshape the cornea beneath. Following the procedure, patients need to wear a protective bandage contact lens to safeguard the eye while the epithelial tissue regenerates. The epithelium generally grows back in about two weeks, meaning the full recovery period takes longer than with other laser eye surgery methods.

After any laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK and PRK, we require our patients to return to The Eye Center of Southern Indiana for frequent follow-ups. These appointments are key so that we can keep track of a patient's recovery process, look for any unusual reactions, and help lessen any possible discomfort. The good news is that when the eyes are thoroughly recovered, the vision improvements will be as good as or even exceed those of LASIK. Many patients are able to get back to their jobs and driving within a week and attain their complete vision correction in about 1 – 3 months.

Dependable Vision Correction

Since it was the original approach to laser vision correction, PRK has been allowing men and women to achieve their sharpest vision for nearly 25 years. At The Eye Center of Southern Indiana, our skilled team has happily delivered great eyesight to countless Bloomington, IN patients, and PRK has been an excellent alternative to LASIK for many of them. Visit us to arrange a consultation so R. Daniel Grossman, M.D. or a member of his team can determine if PRK is the ideal choice for you.

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