PRK is a refractive surgery can be an option for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK surgery. At Holcomb Laser Center, Dr. William E. Holcomb performs LASIK and PRK surgery exclusively, so our patients enjoy efficient, customized care and wonderful results. PRK surgery can give you the clearer, sharper vision you have dreamed of, and minimize or eliminate your dependence upon glasses or contacts. Dr. Holcomb and his team have the expertise and experience that you can trust when it comes to your eyes. To learn more about PRK surgery, contact our Cullman office today and schedule a consultation.
What Is PRK Surgery?
PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, is a form of refractive surgery that creates clearer vision by reshaping a patient's cornea using a specialized excimer laser. The excimer laser makes microscopic changes to the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
When you visit Holcomb Laser Center for your PRK, you will receive advanced care using the most precise technology and techniques available. Dr. Holcomb uses CustomVue® technology to precisely map your eyes, identify irregularities, and evaluate their severity. During surgery, he uses the WaveScan WaveFront™ system that tracks your eyes in real time during surgery, ensuring your safety and accuracy of your treatment.
Removing the Epithelial Layer
Before changes are made to the cornea with the excimer laser, Dr. Holcomb will first remove the epithelial layer, or outer layer of corneal cells. The removal of this layer provides access to the inner layers of the cornea, which will then be reshaped. The epithelium comprises rapidly regrowing tissue that regenerate during your recovery period.
Once your PRK procedure is complete, Dr. Holcomb will place a soft contact lens “bandage” over your cornea. Your corneal epithelium will regenerate itself in five or more days, although complete results from your PRK surgery may take one to two months to become fully apparent. During this time, Dr. Holcomb will prescribe medicated eye drops that promote healing.
Am I a Good Candidate for PRK Surgery?
If you are looking for a long-term improvement to your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you may make a wonderful candidate for PRK. This surgery is recommended for patients who:
- Have especially thin corneas, making them poor candidates for LASIK.
- Participate in full-contact sports, which could potentially dislodge the replaced corneal flap made in LASIK surgery.
- Are tired of wearing glasses or contacts.
- Are 18 years of age or older.
- Are not pregnant.
- Have stable refractive error that is correctable to 20/40 or better.
Make an Appointment Today
If you desire to have clearer, sharper vision, and are tired of wearing glasses or contacts, get in touch with Holcomb Laser Center. This advanced laser eye surgery can reduce or eliminate your need for prescription glasses and contact lenses, helping you enjoy a better quality of life. Dr. Holcomb can determine if you are a candidate for PRK, and tailor a treatment plan that can help you view the world around you more clearly using your own eyes.