Our ophthalmologists are all too aware of the discouragement patients can feel when they are told they are not eligible for LASIK, which is why we offer several corrective surgery options, including PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). This procedure uses advanced laser technology to correct vision impairments and reduce the dependency on glasses or contact lenses. PRK can be an ideal option for patients who don't have ample corneal tissue to undergo LASIK. Although it has a longer recovery period than LASIK, PRK has fewer complications and in many cases, it offers longer-lasting results. If you are tired of wearing glassing or expensive contacts, reach out to Baton Rouge Eye Physicians to learn more about PRK. We'll be happy to help answer all your questions and can perform a full consultation at our office in Baton Rouge, LA to see if you are a good candidate for corrective laser surgery.
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how is prk performed?
PRK is an outpatient procedure that takes about ten minutes to perform. Once the eye is numb, a suction device will be positioned around the eye to prevent movement. PRK surgery mirrors LASIK for the first few steps. The primary difference in the PRK technique is that no corneal flap is required. Instead, the outermost layer of the eye (epithelium) is removed to reshape the cornea. Afterward, a protective contact lens will be placed to shield the eye as it heals. The epithelium generally grows back in 1 – 2 weeks so the full recovery process is a bit longer than with other laser vision correction surgery techniques.
Following any laser refractive procedure, including PRK, we need our patients to visit Baton Rouge Eye Physicians for a few follow-up appointments to monitor their healing progress. The majority of individuals need to keep wearing their specialized contact lenses for 2 – 3 weeks. However, as soon as the eyes are fully healed, the acuity results will be as good as or even exceed those of other laser refractive surgeries. Typically, patients can get back to their jobs and operating a vehicle in about a week and enjoy their complete vision improvement within 1 – 3 months.
Dependable Vision Correction
PRK has helped countless men and women around the world to achieve clearer vision. For individuals who were previously informed they weren't good candidates for LASIK, PRK may be the optimal solution. At Baton Rouge Eye Physicians, our experienced team has proudly delivered 20/20 vision to many Baton Rouge, LA patients. To learn more about PRK, contact our clinic to set up an appointment with one of our seasoned eye specialists.