What is PRK?
Our skilled team of highly trained vision specialists understands the disappointment individuals may deal with who aren't eligible for LASIK, which is why we perform multiple types of laser refractive surgery, such as PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). PRK was the first groundbreaking version of laser vision surgery and has granted drastically improved vision to millions of individuals internationally. It was practiced safely and reliably for many years until the emergence of the LASIK techniques. However, ophthalmologists still perform PRK surgery frequently, especially for people who don't have enough corneal tissue to receive LASIK.
PRK and other laser eye surgery methods are all performed to resolve or improve vision problems, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, though PRK is performed somewhat differently and comes with a lengthier recovery period. Best of all, PRK provides results that equal or even beat those of other laser vision correction procedures. Wang Vision Institute is unique in that Dr. Ming Wang, the founder of our office and world-renowned eye surgeon, holds a doctorate in laser physics, which makes us more than qualified to provide each of our patients with life-changing laser vision correction results. Call us at Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, TN for a thorough evaluation if you think you might be an ideal candidate for PRK.
What Are The Benefits of PRK?
PRK laser vision surgery performed at Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, TN is a safe and effective method that can improve or resolve several significant vision conditions, particularly for those who aren’t eligible for LASIK surgery. Benefits of PRK include:
- PRK is better suited for certain individuals based on the results of the consultation
- More suitable for patients with thinner corneas
- Approximately 90% of PRK patients have 20/20 vision one year after surgery
- Less dryness compared to LASIK
- The procedure is safe and gentle
- The surgery process is similar to LASIK and uses the same laser
"I had an absolute amazing experience at wang vision! Dr. Guduru did an absolutely amazing job with my LASIK they talked me through everything. Throughout my consult I had an amazing experience with the staff! Dr. Wish did my consult and we loved him and Cameron and Karen helped me get everything logistic wise taken care of. Overall I had an amazing experience and would recommend wang vision to anyone!"- T.C. / Google / Sep 29, 2023
"They take such great care of you. I was scared to death to have someone work on my eyes, afraid I would be that 1% to have complications. But they took great care of me. Scott was the absolute best!"- K.C. / Google / Sep 29, 2023
"Great staff, surgery day was a breeze. Everything went well! "- C.H. / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2023
"Loved this place, excellent service! Exceptional outcome!"- C.H. / Google / Sep 28, 2023
"I'm so glad I decided to have SMILE LASIK done at Wang Vision Institute. The staff, Kayla in particular, and Dr. Guduru were so helpful. I went from not being able to see much of anything without my glasses, to having 20/15 vision in a day!"- T.B. / Google / Sep 28, 2023
Who is a Candidate for PRK?
Primarily, PRK is best for individuals who would like to take advantage of laser vision surgery but aren't eligible for LASIK. PRK might also be a more practical solution for patients with particular eye diseases. It could also be a more cautious alternative for those who have a higher potential for trauma to the eye due to rough job conditions or participating in highly active lifestyles. Laser eye surgery patients should be no less than 18 years old to make sure their eyes are totally matured, and they have to have had a stable glasses prescription for one year. To establish whether PRK is an ideal treatment for each unique patient, we will conduct a full eye evaluation and go over any previous or ongoing medical issues.
What To Expect during PRK surgery
The majority of PRK procedures at Wang Vision Institute are conducted in about ten minutes. Before the procedure, a member of our team will fully anesthetize the eye with eye drops to facilitate a painless experience, and then a suction device will be positioned over the eye to keep it from blinking. The PRK technique mirrors LASIK for the first steps. The most significant difference with PRK is that a corneal flap isn't created. Instead, a portion of the epithelium of the eye is removed so that our eye surgeons can reshape the cornea. Following the procedure, the surgeon places a protective bandage contact lens to keep the eye safe, during the healing process, while the epithelium grows back. The epithelium typically regenerates in about a week; therefore, the full recovery process is a bit longer compared to other laser vision correction surgery methods.
How long is recovery after PRK?
Following any laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK and PRK, we ask our patients to return to Wang Vision Institute for one or more follow-ups. Your first check-in may be as soon as the following day. These visits are imperative so that our eye doctors can monitor each patient's recovery process, look for any unanticipated side effects, and help manage any potential discomfort. In comparison to other laser vision correction surgeries, PRK does entail a lengthier healing period and a little more discomfort, including sensitivity to light, feeling like there is sand in the eye, and intense eye dryness. The majority of people need to wear their protective bandage contacts for 5 - 7 days. However, when the eyes are thoroughly recovered, your vision results will be equal to or even exceed those of other laser refractive surgeries. Typically, patients can get back to their jobs and operating their cars in about a week and attain their complete visual acuity within 4 – 12 weeks.
How do I know if PRK or LASIK is right for me?
During a thorough consultation, our Nashville, TN eye doctors can let you know if you would benefit better from PRK or LASIK. In some cases, certain individuals may not be ideal candidates for LASIK and may require PRK. Schedule your consultation to learn more about which treatment is right for you.
Is PRK surgery painful?
Prior to your procedure, anesthetic eye drops will be provided to allow you to feel nothing during the surgery. Additionally, after your procedure, our team will provide the necessary aftercare instructions to help you remain comfortable during the recovery process.
How long does it take to recover from PRK?
Though recovery times can vary from patient to patient at our Nashville, TN office, most individuals will notice clearer vision within a couple of days after treatment. However, full recovery can take up to one month. You will need to attend follow-up appointments so that our team can evaluate your recovery process.
How do I prepare for PRK?
Before your PRK surgery, you'll undergo a comprehensive eye exam. You may be asked to stop wearing contact lenses and to cease using certain medications. Make sure to discuss your complete medical history with your Wang Vision Institute practitioner to ensure you're well-prepared for the procedure.
Can I wear makeup after PRK?
It's generally advised to avoid wearing eye makeup for at least a week after the PRK procedure. Cosmetics can introduce bacteria and irritate the healing eyes, increasing the risk of infection.
What activities should I avoid during PRK recovery?
You should refrain from strenuous activities, swimming, or using hot tubs for at least a week after PRK. These can increase the risk of infection or complications. Your eye care specialist at our Nashville, TN, office will also provide you with postoperative instructions.
Dependable Vision Correction
As the earliest approach to laser refractive surgery, PRK has been allowing individuals to attain their sharpest vision for almost 25 years. For individuals who have been disappointed that they weren't proper candidates for LASIK, PRK may be your ideal solution. At Wang Vision Institute, our experienced and highly trained team of ophthalmologists has proudly provided clear eyesight to numerous Nashville, TN patients. Contact us to schedule a consultation so we can determine if PRK is the most effective option for you.
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