Do you want to get rid of your contacts or glasses? Do you have hazy vision and aren't a good candidate for LASIK surgery?
For people who are unable to have LASIK but yet want excellent vision, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is an option.
PRK is performed at the Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey in Whippany, NJ, using modern laser technology and techniques.
What is Photorefractive Keratectomy?
An Effective Alternative Laser Surgery
PRK is a type of refractive surgery that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, among other visual disorders. It improves the patient's vision and, in most cases, eliminates the need for contact lenses or glasses.
PRK vs. LASIK
What is the Difference?
During this procedure, your surgeon will apply the excimer laser directly to the surface of the cornea, completely removing both the outermost layer of the cornea (the epithelium) and the necessary amount of underlying tissue to correct the refractive error. Because the entire epithelium layer is removed, recovery time is longer than LASIK.
Instead of removing the entire epithelial layer during LASIK, your surgeon will create a corneal flap. Once the corneal flap has been made, it is relocated so the surgeon can sculpt the remaining tissue with the excimer laser to correct the refractive error. Due to the fact that the epithelium is only sliced and not eliminated, healing is rapid.
Am I a Good Candidate
FOR PRK SURGERY?
Generally, anyone over the age of 18 who is not pregnant or breastfeeding, who is in good general and optic health, and who suffers from blurred vision is a good candidate for PRK surgery. Most patients who are recommended for PRK are unable to undergo LASIK due to two main reasons.
PRK is advised for those with a thin cornea. Your doctor is required to create a corneal flap during LASIK in order to reshape the remaining tissue underneath. Having a thin cornea makes it extremely difficult to create this flap. Through PRK, the entire outer layer is removed, making it the surgery of choice for those with thin corneas.
PRK is recommended for people with physically demanding employment, such as the military, or who engage in vigorous activities or exercise, such as boxing. Certain occupations and activities can put the eyes of a patient at risk for harm. If a patient has received LASIK, there is a greater likelihood that their flap may get detached and cause complications.
Stop Viewing the World Through Blurry Eyes
CONTACT OUR WHIPPANY, NJ, OFFICE TODAY
Have you considered PRK in New Jersey? Dr. Kenneth S. Miller and the pleasant and experienced team at the Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey are your only options.
Dr. Miller has over 40 years of experience in ophthalmology and can offer you with a comprehensive plan to address your vision demands and provide the desired outcome.
If you've been told you are not a LASIK candidate, leave a message with our Whippany, NJ, office today to ask questions or request a consultation. Or call: