Surface Laser Treatment PRK
PRK is a type of laser refractive surgery used to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. It can reduce, or eliminate entirely, your need for glasses or contacts. During the procedure, the surface layer of the eye is removed with a brush or laser. The cornea is then reshaped and a contact lens placed over your eye to protect it while it heals.
PRK is a safe and highly effective treatment. It is often used as an alternative to LASIK. It is generally preferred for younger patients and those with thinner corneas.
What to expect during your consultation with Hunter Laser Vision
Before you can have corrective eye surgery you will need to come in for a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists. During your consultation, they will begin with a review of your medical history and a thorough eye exam. They will also take images of your cornea to determine its shape, as well as to measure corneal thickness and intraocular pressure.
These tests will determine if you are a good candidate for PRK, which will depend on a number of factors including your prescription, eye health, age and lifestyle. There are limitations on what prescriptions can be corrected, but our surgeons will assess these after they complete testing.
Once your doctor has examined your cornea and retina they will make a recommendation based on your specific situation. If they believe PRK is right for you, they will discuss the procedure and any risks involved, then book a date for your surgery.
PRK laser eye surgery and post-operative care
PRK surgery normally takes around 10 minutes. It is generally done on one eye at a time, with one to two weeks between procedures.
The day after your procedure you’ll need to return to the clinic for a check-up. You will also need to come back in a few days so we can remove the contact lens that was placed on your eye while it healed. You next post-operative appointments will be at two weeks and again at two months. This is so we can monitor your progress. At Hunter Laser Vision we firmly believe that post-operative care is just as important as the surgery itself.
It’s best if you can take a week off work to aid your recovery. Vision normally improves on the day after surgery. For two weeks after the surgery you should avoid heavy lifting and stay out of dirty, dusty environments. You’ll also need to keep the area dry; showering is fine, but no swimming.
Most patients are safe to drive after 1 – 2 weeks, but full visual recovery normally takes 4 – 6 weeks. Your vision will gradually improve during this time until it stabilises around week six. For most patients improvements to their vision last a very long time and the procedure does not need to be repeated.
Hunter Laser Vision has been providing surface laser eye surgery for over 20 years. Our years of experience and training mean we can provide you with the best in corrective eye surgery. We are the only PRK providers in the Hunter area and our surgeons are all local, which means they are easily accessible if you have questions or concerns before or after the surgery. We are committed to customer satisfaction at every step.