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PRK Surgery at ReVision
What is PRK?
PRK is a common type of laser vision correction. Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have an astigmatism, laser vision correction can improve your vision. As with LASIK, PRK uses a laser to reshape the cornea adjusting your eye’s focus.
How it Works
- The very thin outer layer of the cornea is removed. This layer will grow back a few days after surgery.
- A permanent shape change is created by a laser on the cornea.
- A soft contact lens “bandage” is then placed on the cornea to help protect your eye while it heals.
What to Expect
The entire procedure typically takes minutes with the actual laser time measured in seconds. After PRK surgery, many activities can usually be resumed the very next day although the initial healing will take several days. Vision continues to improve over the next several weeks as your eye heals.
Factors that will determine if you are a PRK candidate include:
- Your age
- Your lifestyle
- The health of your eyes
- Previous surgeries
- Corneal thickness
Your PRK experience begins with a complimentary consultation at either our Columbus or Mansfield office. At this visit, you and your Doctor will work together to determine if PRK is right for you.
Based on the results of your consultation and conversations with your Doctor, a procedure other than PRK may be appropriate. Other procedures include: LASIK, Advanced Lens Replacement, or Implantable Contact Lenses.
Before your procedure, you will have the opportunity to speak with a ReVision Team Member to ask any additional questions and review your PRK recovery care. During the procedure, your safety and comfort is our top priority. You will be given drops to numb your eyes. You will remain awake, and your Surgeon will talk you through the entire process.
We recommend sleeping after your procedure as you will be most comfortable with your eyes closed. Typically, healing from PRK can include blurry vision and discomfort. You may also experience sensitivity to light, redness, and dry or watery eyes. A follow-up exam is scheduled a few days after your procedure. Most PRK Patients will notice their change in focus in the first few days, and vision continues to improve over several few weeks.
To have a complete consultation, please expect to be at our Columbus or Mansfield office for two hours. If you wear contact lenses, we ask that you wear glasses prior to your consultation. This ensures that we have the most accurate measurements of your eye in its natural state. Please contact our office at (800) 475-2113 if you have any additional questions.
Please prepare to be at our facility for two hours on your procedure day. You will not be able to drive following your procedure; a friend or family member will be required to transport you home. Prior to your procedure day, you may start using artificial tears to promote optimum results.
Following your procedure, your visual outcome will be closely monitored in a series of follow up visits. You will use a combination of eye drops for maximized healing and comfort. Fluctuation in your vision is typical and will gradually improve within a few weeks.
Both are laser vision correction using an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. With PRK, a thin layer of the cornea is removed to expose the surface that will be reshaped. The thin layer of cells that are removed will grow back over the course of a few weeks. With LASIK, a corneal flap is created to expose the surface. The flap is replaced after the cornea has been reshaped. PRK may be suitable for patients with higher prescriptions and those who have thinner corneas. The most notable distinction between the two procedures is in initial healing process, but by six months both have virtually no differences in visual outcomes. You will work with your Doctor to determine what procedure is best for you.
While developments in technology have led to improved surgical outcomes, your Surgeon's training and experience are still the most important factors in achieving exceptional visual outcomes.
PRK is an investment in the quality of your life. Your personalized procedure and pricing options are reviewed during your complimentary consultation.
“Very impressed with Dr. Schumer. Very professional made me feel at ease. Should have had this done years ago!”