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Trans PRK

What you need to know

Surface Laser Treatment Trans PRK

  • Trans PRK surgery cost from $2650 per eye
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Trans 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 laser. The cornea is then reshaped and a contact lens placed over your eye to protect it while it heals. Trans PRK is a safe and highly effective treatment. It is generally preferred for younger patients and those with thinner corneas.

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 local. We are committed to customer satisfaction at every step.

Trans PRK (transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy) by SCHWIND is a touch-free laser eye correction method used with SCHWIND AMARIS laser systems. Unlike with conventional methods like LASEK, Epi-LASIK and PRK, with TransPRK the eye is not touched with any instrument. Instead, the SCHWIND AMARIS laser removes the epithelium, without suction, flap, or blade, and without the use of alcohol. This touch-free procedure is non-invasive, safe, and gentle to the eye.

What to expect from your consultation with Hunter Laser Vision

During your consultation:

Our team will:

  • review your medical history and perform a thorough eye examination.
  • take scans of your cornea to determine its shape and thickness.
  • check your intraocular pressure.
  • make a surgical recommendation.
  • provide you with a quotation and book a surgery date.
  • discuss post-operative recovery and follow-up appointments.

These tests will determine if you are a good candidate for Trans PRK. This will depend on a number of factors including your prescription, eye health, age, and lifestyle. A stable prescription is preferred, so ideally you should be at least 20 years old and have no evidence of corneal disease or cataract. There are limitations on what prescriptions can be corrected, but our surgeons will assess these after they complete testing.

Please note:

  • consultations can take up to 2 hours.
  • you must not wear contact lenses for 2 weeks prior to your consultation or surgery
  • your pupils may be dilated therefore you will require someone to drive you home.
  • it can take 3 hours for vision to return to normal.

Trans PRK eye surgery isn’t suitable for everyone. If you aren’t eligible you may be suitable for LASIK or one of our Lens Replacement Procedures.

The surgery and post-operative care

  • You can expect to be at the surgery for 2 hours.
  • No contact lens wear for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • No make-up on the day of surgery.
  • Wear comfortable warm clothing with no loose fibres.
  • On arrival, you may be given anti-anxiety medication.
  • Trans PRK surgery normally takes around 10 minutes.
  • Both eyes can be treated on the same day.
  • The day after your procedure you may need to return to the clinic for a check-up.
  • 1 week post-operatively you will have your bandage contact lens removed.
  •  2 weeks and 2 months post-operative appointments are included in your surgical fee.
  • We suggest you take a week off work.
  • For two weeks after the surgery, you should avoid heavy lifting and stay out of dirty, dusty environments.
  • You should keep the area dry; showering is fine, but no swimming.
  • Most patients are able 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.

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