PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) in Brooklyn, NY
If you’re considering laser vision correction in Brooklyn, it’s a good idea to weigh all of your options. Traditional LASIK is not the only procedure that can give you excellent vision and freedom from glasses and contacts. Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), which is the predecessor to LASIK, is a worthy alternative. Although the basic elements and goals of the procedures are similar, they are executed differently. LASIK and PRK are available with Dr. Samer Khosrof of Leading Lasik.
PRK vs. LASIK
Both PRK and LASIK use an excimer laser to reshape the inner cornea (the stromal layer) and correct myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism. The primary difference between PRK and LASIK is that instead of creating a thin flap in the outer cornea (the epithelial layer) to access the underlying stromal tissue, no flap is created and the entire epithelial layer is removed to expose the treatment area.
Because PRK does not involve the creation of the corneal flap, it eliminates the chances of flap-related complications. Therefore, PRK is a great option for anyone with a heightened risk of direct trauma to the face and eye, which could possibly damage the healing corneal flap. This includes members of the military and police force. Dr. Khosrof offers special PRK pricing to military and police.
The recovery from PRK tends to be slightly longer than LASIK recovery because it takes a few days for the eye to re-grow a new epithelial layer. While everyone recovers at a different pace, it can take up to several weeks for vision to improve.
Like LASIK, PRK is performed on an outpatient basis and is a fairly short procedure. To relax and numb the patient, special eye drops and an oral sedative medication are administered.
To begin, Dr. Khosrof uses an alcohol solution or surgical instrument to gently loosen the outer layer of the cornea. Once it is out of the way, he uses an excimer laser to reshape the underlying corneal tissue. When he is happy with the new shape of the cornea, Dr. Khosrof places a special contact lens over the cornea to protect the eye as it heals. It should take approximately five days for the epithelial layer to grow back.
Recovering from PRK
Recovering from PRK takes slightly longer than LASIK, but is still generally short. After the procedure, the patient returns home and sleeps for the rest of the day. The eyes may feel slightly irritated, but pain medications, as well as antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications, are prescribed to relieve the side effects and speed the healing process.
Follow-up visits are scheduled periodically to check in with the doctor and monitor the eye’s healing. Once the epithelial layer has grown back, the contact lens is removed. It usually takes a few days to a couple of weeks before visual improvement is noted and vision stabilizes. Most patients resume driving within one to three weeks after surgery. Major PRK side effects and complications are uncommon.
Learn More about PRK with Dr. Khosrof
To learn more about PRK, LASIK and the rest of your vision correction options, please schedule a consultation at Leading Lasik Center New York. Call 718-630-1070 or fill out an online form today.
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