What is PRK?
Our skilled team of highly trained eye specialists understands the disappointment men and women 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.
Who is a Candidate for PRK?
Primarily, PRK is best for men and women 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.
"Dr. Ming Wang is the reason I can “see clearly now”. I am so appreciative of what Dr. Wang& his entire staff have done for me. I recommend WVI to everyone I come in contact with. I am so glad I found Dr. Wang. I actually love going to the eye dr. now."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jul 28, 2021
"I had the pleasure of not only getting my LASIK done at Wang Vision, but I also got to work closely with the team as a vendor. I can not speak highly enough about the team and their staff. Dr. Frenkel and the surgical techs walked me through every step of my procedure to make me feel comfortable and calm. I have also had a great experience every time I have come in for my post surgical appointments. If you're considering LASIK or another vision treatment, I highly recommend Dr. Frenkel and the Wang Vision team."- S.N. / Google / Jul 28, 2021
"Wang Vision Institute is the best. I am a 59 yr. old woman. I was practically blind in one of my eyes after having cataract surgery from another eye dr. I had severe scar tissue & had the YAG surgery. Everyone at the institute is awesome, friendly, professional & know there jobs. I love going to the eye dr. now& I tell all my friends, etc. this is the only place to go for your eye problems. TY everyone for taking such good care & concern for “ my eyes.”"- J.J. / Google / Jul 28, 2021
"Dr. FrenkeL, just performed my YAG surgery on my right eye. I couldn’t see hardly anything before the surgery. He is awesome & all the staff at Wang Institute follows in his foot steps. The experience was great & now I can see everything. I don’t even need reading glasses. I am very appreciative & greatful for Dr. FrenkeL."- J.J. / Healthgrades / Jul 28, 2021
"I couldnt ask for a better team of medical staff. From my first visit to my last visit, everyone was kind and caring. Dr. Frenkel called me at home the night of my first eye surgery to check and see how I was doing. His team called me then again after my second eye surgery a month later. I will never again trust my eyesight to anyone except this office. I highly recommend Wang Vision and Dr. Frenkel and his staff. You will love them all. Sincerely, Dorothy Starks"- D.S. / Google / Jul 25, 2021
What To Expect during PRK surgery
The majority of PRK procedures are conducted in no more than ten minutes. In some cases, we might advise waiting a week or two between procedures for each eye. Before the procedure, a member of our team will fully anesthetize the eye with no-sting 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, the epithelium of the eye is totally removed and discarded so that our eye surgeons, Dr. Frenkel and Dr. Wang, can correct the curve of the underlying cornea. Following the procedure, patients need to use a protective bandage contact lens to keep the eye safe while the epithelium grows back. The epithelium typically regenerates in about two weeks; 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 Dr. Wang and Dr. Frenkel 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.
Dependable Vision Correction
Because it was the earliest approach to laser refractive surgery, PRK has been allowing men and women 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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