If you are considering laser vision correction to help you improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism and reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses, PRK can be a remarkably effective treatment. PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, can help many patients who may not be candidates for LASIK. In fact, this FDA-approved option preceded LASIK as the standard in laser vision correction, and has helped patients all over the world see much more clearly without the aid of corrective eyewear. Dr. Michael Sumsion offers this innovative treatment right here at Riverside EyeCare Professionals.
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Benefits of PRK
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1995, PRK can benefit patients who have corneas that are too thin to be treated with LASIK. This procedure can also be effective for patients who suffer from defects of the epithelium (surface corneal cells), and those who have pupils that are too large for LASIK surgery. Unlike LASIK, PRK does not create a corneal flap. A very small layer of the corneal surface is removed and then the laser reshapes the cornea to provide you with the best vision correction results possible. PRK is a very quick and virtually painless procedure. Typically, only a few minutes are necessary to complete PRK treatments, with results that can lead to significant reduction and possibly elimination of the need for glasses and contacts to see clearly.
What to Expect
- Length of Procedure: Just a few minutes for most patients, depending on the amount of vision correction necessary for optimal results
- Who performs this procedure?: Our experienced, board-certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael Sumsion.
- Will it be painful?: You should not experience pain during this procedure. Anesthetic eyedrops will be applied before treatment to minimize discomfort. You may have some pain for a short period following the procedure; however, this can be alleviated with medicinal eyedrops, ice packs, and/or over-the-counter medications.
- What about recovery?: Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities within a few days. You will need to wear a soft contact lens during recovery in order to help the cornea heal; however, this is only temporary. Dr. Sumsion will provide you with detailed information on the procedure and recovery at your initial consultation.
- Results: Optimal results vary with each patient; however, most who have PRK experience a marked improvement in near or far distance vision and a significant reduction in the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
Schedule a Consultation with Riverside Eye Professionals
If you would like more information on PRK laser vision correction, or if you would like to schedule a consultation and vision evaluation to determine if this procedure is the best option for your needs, please contact Riverside Eye Professionals today.